Was highly skeptical of trying a cheap Texas wine, but was pleasantly surprised. Albariño is one of my favorite white grape varietals, and after learning that Spanish and Portuguese grapes do particularly well in the Texas climate thought I’d give it a shot. Crisp, very refreshing, Happy 4th! — 3 years ago
90 minute decant. Very deep ruby. Earth, soil, licorice, white pepper, most primary fruit has passed. Some subtle root vegetable, and ash. Super hot alcoholic burn. Full bodied. Medium acidity. Smooth yet firm tannins. Medium plus finish.
Compared to the Crianza earlier, to me, this is only marginally better. I craved leather and tobacco, but couldn't find it. No meat or barnyard funk. Moreover, the alcohol.puts it a bit out of balance.
In short, the nose on this wine is better, but the palate of the Pesquera wins. I'll give the nod + to the Prado Enea--past vintages have offered much more (leather, coffee, meat)
UPDATE: Listen, I can't do it. This wine is not better than the 2015 Alejandro Fernandez Tinto Pesquera Crianza. It's just not. I have both glasses in front of me. The former is hot and choppy, and latter is round and the secondary oak notes are balancing it perfectly.
Lesson learned: this is an example of how you can easily waste 30+ dollars.
Back down to 92 points. The other gets the bump to 92+. Thanks for listening!!!
Maybe @Antonio Galloni can chime in on this one?! — a year ago
6 year anniversary at Fogo de Chao. — 6 years ago
Drank at Prado in Portugal — 2 years ago
44 eur a restaurant Prado, Lisbon. Degustat amb Superbarri — 3 years ago
Acidez incrível! Perfume carregado de cerejas, sela e prado, pura selvageria. Vinho brasileiro dando aula de como se faz! — 7 years ago