Friday, February 24, 2012
A Spanish Bargain and an Italian Deal
Carol and myself tasted this wine yesterday, a wine which comes to us at a great price as a result of a "misunderstanding" between a certain wine importer (not us) and a certain customer (also not us). The wine was ordered in specifically for this customer who then decided they didn't want it because it didn't have the net you so often see on Spanish Gran reservas. And so, the importer was left with it and is now clearing the stock at a knockdown price. Clouds, silver linings etc.
So, what is it? It is a 2004 Gran Reserva from Catalunya - a blend of low-yielding Tempranillo, Cabernet and Grenache grape. Fully mature, smooth and rich with spicy notes and dark fruits - altogether a very pleasant wine indeed with lots of interest and complexity. This would, we are told normally retail in the high teens - but we are able to offer it at €8.99.
It is a one-off, won't be seen again deal, once it's gone, it's gone, as they say....on tasting this weekend.
Ireland v Italy
20% off Italian wine if we win. If we don't win this one, I promise I will stop undermining the efforts of the national team! To get the discount, just mention the rugby deal - it is SATURDAY ONLY!!
Posted by Gabriel Cooney at 9:31 AM