The bar downstairs from where I live has a great collection of wines by the glass and excellent homemade tapas. The place is small and run by sole proprietor, Iñaki, a jovial man who fills out the same XXL purple dress shirt every day.
Pensioners circulate in and out of his bar complaining about the smoking ban that has been in effect for six months now. Sometimes their wives come in to collect them, hustling them upstairs to where they might have to help with some chore like hanging the giant white undergarments that obstruct my otherwise nice terrace views. Back inside, the music varies between sappy American love songs from the 80s and 90s. When asked if he could change the music, Iñaki blames a lost remote. Alas, no change and we’re left permanently stuck in the soundtrack to Molly Ringwald’s life.
Here are my tasting notes for my two favorite wines downstairs.
Bodega Viña Vilano 2010. 100% Tempranillo. D.O. Ribera del Duero. 13.5% alcohol. It is a young tempranillo with all the best components: brillant deep cherry color with purple rim, wide, intense red fruit and flower aromas, which the label identified as violet. Good mouthfeel without being too sweet . Persistent finish. Went perfect with my tuna empanada!
Bodega Heras Cordon 2007 Crianza. Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo from vines outside of ElCiego, Laguardia, La Rioja. French and American oak, 12 months. Unfiltered. Rich color, capa media-alta with a cherry rim. Smells of vanilla, plum, black cherry, ripe black fruits and bittersweet chocolate. Structured, balanced tannins. Hints of minerality. Long finish. Excellent, excellent. 90 points Robert Parker.