What, no jamon?
That was the cry of many hoping to find good, semi-bootleg iberico ham at this year’s Spanish Wine Cellar and Pantry event in San Francisco. Sadly, the masses had to make do with smoked marlin, almonds, and olive oil galore… and lots of Spanish wine, much of it from producers looking to find a distributor.
I tried a dozen or so wines (as Toast of the Town, report to come soon, was the same day), and veered away from the many 3-euro bottles on offer. Overall, had mixed results.
No easy favorites, but I found a soft spot for Bodegas y Vinedos Qumran’s 2006 Crianza Ribera del Duero, a lovely and lush little wine that is sold (ex-cellar) for under 10 euros.
Spanish Wine Cellar 2010 Tasting Notes
2005 Abadia de Acon Ribera del Duero Targum / $24 / A- / racy
2006 Arturo Garcia, Vinedos y Bodegas Bierzo Solar de Sael Crianza / $14 / C+ / funky, bitter finish
2005 Bodegas Briego Ribera del Duero Adalid Briego / $22 / B+ / smooth with a curious finish
2006 Bodegas Briego Ribera del Duero Briego Crianza / $14 / B+ / young, not challenging
2004 Bodegas Briego Ribera del Duero Briego Fiel / $33 / B+ / earthy and rocky
2003 Bodegas Esterfania Tilenus Pagos de Posada Bierzo / $24 / A- / tart and easygoing
2005 Bodegas Esterfania Tilenus Crianza Bierzo / $13 / B+ / dusty, green pepper notes
2004 Bodegas Naranjo Casa de la Dehesa Crianza La Mancha / $13 / B / jammy
2006 Bodegas y Vinedos Qumran Crianza Ribera del Duero / $13 / A- / lovely, especially at this price
2005 Finca Egomei Alma Rioja / $28 / A- / character like California cabernet, feels young
2007 Finca la Valona “Seleccion” de Castilla / $17 / B+ / tight, shows promise
2005 Pago de Vallegarcia Hipperia Castilla / $16 / C+ / off notes, licorice finish