SPAIN

Spain located on the Iberian Peninsula, has over 2.9 million acres planted—making it the most widely planted wine producing nation but it is the third largest producer of wine in the world, the largest being France followed by Italy. This is due, in part, to the very low yields and wide spacing of the old vines planted on the dry, infertile soil found in many Spanish wine regions. The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 400 varieties planted throughout Spain though 80 percent of the country's wine production is from only 20 grapes—including the reds Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Monastrell; the whites Albariño from Galicia, Palomino, Airen, and Macabeo; and the three cava grapes Parellada, Xarel·lo, and Macabeo. Major Spanish wine regions include the Rioja and Ribera del Duero which are known for their Tempranillo production; Valdepeñas, drunk by Unamuno and Hemingway, known for high quality tempranillo at low prices; Jerez, the home of the fortified wine Sherry; Rías Baixas in the northwest region of Galicia that is known for its white wines made from Albariño and Catalonia which includes the Cava and still wine producing regions of the Penedès as well the Priorat region. Spanish wine laws created the Denominación de Origen (DO) system in 1932 and were later revised in 1970. The system shares many similarities with the hierarchical Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) system of France, Portugal's Denominação de Origem Controlada (DOC) and Italy's Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) system.

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  1. EDETARIA 2016 SELECCIO VINYES VELLES GARNATXA NEGR

    Item #: i_383410
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ORGANICALLY FARMED

    60% Garnacha Peluda, 30% Garnacha Fina, & 10% Carinena

    Driven by the distinctive fuzzy-leaf form of Garnacha called "Peluda", this combines a delightful floral and deep red-fruited bouquet with a velvety texture, and a counterpoint of slight chewiness and savor on the palate. The vines are up to 40+ years old, growing on an old riverbed. Aged in large (500L) French oak barrels for 12 months.

    WINERY NOTES - "Deep red coloured, the wine displays balsamic and mint aromas. After a light glass swirl, rich aromas of red ripe fruit, spice, cocoa and tobacco leaf and mineral appear. Upon palate shows powerful, silky, with smooth and well integrated tannins. The wine stands out for its elegance and complexity, thanks to a balanced acidity."
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  2. VINOS PINOL 2011 MATHER TERESINA

    Item #: i_382133
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    TASTING NOTES: Ruby-red. Intensely perfumed aromas of fresh dark berries, cherry compote and licorice develop a vanilla overtone as the wine opens up. Plush blackberry, cherry-vanilla, spicecake and floral pastille flavors show excellent clarity and a seamless texture, and a peppery flourish adds lift and bite. Fine-grained tannins build slowly and give shape to the impressively long, sweet finish, which leaves behind floral pastille and dark fruit liqueur notes.-- Josh Raynolds
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