Just when you thought we’d gone all francophile, with our french promotion up pops some truely great spanish gems, just like Monthy Phythons Spanish inquestion. Two of these great wines are from the Rioja Alta region, where the grapes are grown at high altitude and as a result the wines from this area tend to be more lighter on the palate, and possess greater Finesse than those from the other Regions in Rioja. The other is a fabulous organic crianza made from 70% Tempranillo and 30% Graciano, one that will brighten up our ever longer evenings this spring.

Vino Los Valles Organic 70+30 Crianza 2005 €13.95
A combination of 70% Tempranillo and 30% Graciano. The grapes are hand-picked from vineyards with an average age of over 25 years. Cherry red colour with violet hues around the rim. Subtle notes of ripe red fruits, with elegant spicy nuances, reminding of leather. Powerful in the mouth, rounded, a balanced aged bouquet, good acidity, smooth, creamy and meaty. The finish is long, noble, with hints of spice and is well-balanced.

La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva 2003 €19.95

Bright cherry red, with a medium robe and light pinkish highlights in the glass. Intense, very fresh aroma, with hints of wild strawberries and sweet raspberries, perfectly assembled with balsamic hints of cinnamon, roasting, coconut and vanilla. Round and well-bodied to the palate, slightly acid and therefore lively. Smooth, silky tannins, thanks to perfectly ripened grapes and ageing in the cask. Good, slightly acid and fresh after-taste.

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2000 €29.95
Medium-high cherry red robe, with orange tinted tones on the edge of the glass, clear and brilliant. Intense and complex to the nose. Wild berry aromas predominate, blended with hints of coconut, cinnamon, tobacco and leather. Full-bodied and well structured to the palate, with silky and enveloping tannins. Long after-taste acquired from its lengthy time in bottle, where its elegant bouquet gains in intensity. This wine continues to evolve without losing its traditional qualities