Vall Llach 2009 “Idus” Priorat

Vall Llach is the Spanish winery for people who love Opus One and Caymus Vineyards’ Special Selection. Their wines are dominate, glossy, and concentrated, and should be on the wine list of every upscale steak house.  Every self-respecting sommelier in...

Domaine Forca Real 2011 “Mas de la Garrigue” Côtes du Roussillon-Villages

For a  hot moment in the late 90’s, France’s  Mediterranean vineyards were trendy, in particular the Languedoc-Roussillon. The good folks at Wine Spectator and Wine  Advocate couldn’t rate the wines high enough, new wineries were popping up every...

Hecht & Bannier 2010 Cotes du Roussillon Villages

This wine sports an inky hue with a perfume of dark fruit and orchid flowing easily out of the glass. The ripeness of the fruit is layered and soft as velvet.  Allspice and iron ore push into the mid-palate that soon opens into a bouquet fresh flowers. Olive tapenade...

Reserva de la Tierra 2008 Vega Escal

Reserva de la Tierra, a Spanish wine cooperative, has been working with a US importer for several years to craft a wine for the American market. The result is Vega Escal, an opulent offering at a very reasonable price. The juice is sourced from vineyards around the...