Urban Wines Works Announces The Spanish Requisition
Though it may be heresy not to like any of the five wines we selected from Spain, we can assure you that there won't be torture involved. Come sip some Spanish gems and delight in knowing that while the rain in Spain may stay in the plains, in Portland it is requisite!
Put in your order for an Iberian
Flight of 5 wines and cheese plate for $20 ($15 if you buy a bottle too.)
- Del Rio Syrah 2010 - Glass $8.00 / Bottle $20.95
- Purple Star Syrah - Glass $8.00 / Bottle $19.95
- Three Rings Shiraz 2012 - Glass $8.00 / Bottle $18.95
- Unti Syrah 2010 - Glass $9.00 / Bottle $27.95
- St. Cosme Saint Joseph 2011 - Glass $9.00 / Bottle $28.95
Located in the Rogue Valley, Del Rio is a family run winery that started producing wine in 1997, with a heavy emphasis on Syrah. The warmer climate of Southern Oregon is ideal for the Syrah grape, resulting in a big wine, with softer acidity and tannins. The 2011 vintage, much like the remainder of Oregon, saw a cooler summer followed by a warm and dry October resulting in a big wine with good structure and pronounced fruit. Another reason to Love Oregon!
Purple Star Winery is a relative newcomer to the Washington wine scene, but received immediate recognition for their accessible (in flavor and price) wines. The 2011 Syrah is 100% Syrah blended from four different vineyards in three unique AVAs. Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed, retaining 60% whole berries. Hand punchdowns and pumpovers for 8-14 days and then aged for 17 months in 100% French Oak barrels, 3% New. A big wine with a big heart, 15% of Purple Star's proceed are donated to the Seattle Children's Hospital.
The Three Rings Shiraz accentuates why Australian Shiraz should not be overlooked. Started in 2004, Three Rings is a single vineyard operation with vines averaging 15 years old on limestone and brown soil. Located in Barossa, Three Rings only makes Shiraz and their attention to the grape has resulted in critical favor. The wine is an opaque purple-black with a reddish-blue hue. A powerful fusion of layered rhubarb, dark berries and plums merge with aromas of cedar and tobacco. This wine bursts with dense stewed fruit with smooth and supple tannins leading to a long and harmonious finish.You don't have to be a critic to enjoy sipping this Shiraz!
Unti, located in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma, is a small family run operation that focusses on Rhone and Italian grapes with an eye toward old world winemaking. The 2010 is sourced form their biodynamic estate vineyard and when picked is fermented whole cluster. This medium to full-bodied wine strikes a great balance between Old and New World Syrah. The complex set of spicy and floral aromas are followed by sweet blueberry and blackberry flavors. Aged in French Oak barrels (30% new) for 13 months, this well-balanced wine will have you thinking of a Syrah grown in a cooler climate rather than Dry Creek Valley.
Planted on granitic slopes in central France (Rhone region) between 500-1500 feet in a small commune called Malleval, this wine is aged for twelve months (20% in new oak - 40% in one year old barrels - 40% in two years old barrels) and is 100% Serine. Serine, which is a special clone of Syrah, is very restricted to the northern Rhone region in limited supply. Picked late to retain an exceptional physiological ripening for the vintage, there is density, depth and length in this wine. Aged with full clusters and bottled without filtration, you will find notes of jasmin, tobacco, roasted bread and wild raspberry.