Tasting Notes, Sept. 4, 2021; Wines of Spain

                     Northern Spain: Galicia to Catalunya

2020 Gran Bazan
Etiqueta Verde
On Sale for $19.99
Rias Biaxas / Spain
100% Albarino
Sourced from the verdant Galicia region, Gran Bazan is a textbook Albarino showcasing the ripe white fruit of the varietal alongside salty, marine influences.
2018 Luis Anxo Rodriguez
Vina de Martin “Os Pasas”
On sale for $31.99
Ribeiro / Spain 
75% Treixadura, 25% Albarino & Lado
Located just to the north of Rias Biaxas, the Ribeiro region has a long history of viticulture which today is focused mostly on the production of stony whites based on the Treixadura varietal. Luis Anxo Rodriguez is a top producer in the zone, fashioning his multi-layered Os Pasas bottling with an emphasis on minerality.
2020 Ostatu Rosado
On sale for $14.99
Rioja Alavesa / Spain
70% Tempranillo, 27% Garnacha, 3% Viura
Ostatu Rosado is fermented in stainless steel using only native yeasts. This is a modern style of Rioja Rosado with an emphasis on bright fruit and refreshing acid.
2018 Raul Perez
Ultreia Saint Jacques
On sale for $17.99
Bierzo / Spain100% Mencia
Mencia guru Raul Perez produces this intriguing red which features crunchy red fruit framed by a velvet texture. While many compare Mencia to other varietals (Pinot Noir, Cab Franc), it is truly unique and deserving of consideration alone. 
2019 Clos Figueras
Serras Tinto
On sale for $31.99
Priorat / Spain
Primarily Grenache & Samso (Carignan) with Syrah, Cab Sauv
Hot slate and blue and black fruit are the main aromas and flavors found in this unadorned Priorat. Grenache and Carignan show their individual charms of spice and savoriness in equal proportion.
2013 Ostatu Reserva
On sale for $29.99
Rioja Alavesa / Spain
100% Tempranillo 
50 year-old vines + 50% new French oak + high elevation vineyards = A sauve, accessible version of Rioja with loads of richness and warmth.