Category Archive: Spanish wines

Altes de Herencia Cheap does not mean Cheap!

Posted on February 11, 2013

Altes de Herencia Granatxa Negra Terra de Altaaltes Herencia

I am a huge fan of Altes de Herencia wines, so much that I included their Grenache Blanc in my top 10 wines of 2012. The Altes de Herencia wines are a product of wine maker Nuria Altes, whose family has a deep ancestry as wine makers.  Tucked away in the south-eastern corner of Catalonia in Spain, the vineyard is full of Grenache bush vines. The old bush vines give the wine intensity and structure, while the younger vines supply the lift.

It’s all about roots. Like Nuria’s deep ancestral roots, the grapes too have deep roots in this land’s clay and sandy soil.  After years of being exposed to the sun and this terrain, the Grenache has reached perfection.

Altes Herencia has flavors of red cherries, boysenberries and minerals.  The wine is bright on the palate and has an herbal edge with flavors of raisins and figs. The price may be inexpensive, but this wine delivers and is a perfect example of why the wines of Spain are growing in the US wine market.

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Don Quixote Invades San Diego with the Wines from La Mancha!

Posted on July 12, 2012

On July 9th, Don Quixote invaded Balboa Park San Diego with his Castilla-La Mancha US Tour 2012.  Twenty-six of the best wineries from La Mancha poured their wines for the San Diego trade.  Along with the traditional tasting, Karen MacNeil (author of the Wine Bible) hosted an informative seminar about the wines and terroir of La Mancha, Spain.

I have decided to make this post more like the way that I learn.  For those that know me, I will doodle throughout our operations meetings.  It might seem that I am not paying attention; however, I tend to soak up the information a whole lot better.  So today I present to you the wines of La Mancha through (my doodles), as I listened to Karen MacNeil’s seminar. Enjoy! (more…)


2010 Holiday Selections

Posted on November 1, 2011

Below is a Prime Cru Newsletter from last years holiday season. If you’d like to join PRIME CRU go to: and click on PRIME CRU

Montebuena Rioja Spain ‘09

A joven wine made for jovial  time of year. Tempranillo is one of my favorite grapes in that it can be earthy and rustic as in some old style Riojas. But in the case of Montebuena, it is a young fruity expressive wine that plays on that fine line of new world and old world.  This wine will not last and is very hard to find. It is a great choice to drink with turkey or ham.

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