Vino de la casa – House wine
Lopez de Haro Viura 2015 Rioja
Vino blanco/white wine
Dry yet fragrant with an attractive citrus character
Lopez de Haro Tempranillo 2015 Rioja
Vino Tinto/Red wine
Rich in red fruits and liquorice flavours with a long finish
£17.95 Per bottle 750ml £5.55 Small glass 175ml £7.55 large glass 250ml
Fancy more than one large glass, why not try a Porrón?
£15.95 Porrón 525ml
Jerez – Sherry
Sharpen up your appetite and excite your taste buds with a refreshing glass of Spain’s archetypal aperitif wine while you choose what you’re going to eat
Valdespino Manzanilla Deliciosa £18.50 per 375ml bottle
Dry, delicate and upbeat with a pronounced salty tang.
Valdespino Fino Inocente £23.50 per 375ml bottle
Crisp, bone dry, and exceptionally fragrant
£4.95 per glass 75ml
Delgado Zuleta Amontillado £4.50 per glass 75ml
Medium dry, with intense nutty and salty flavours
Delgado Zuleta Monteagudo Oloroso £4.95 per glass 75ml
Aged for 10-12 years, this is dry, dark and rich
Vinos Blancos – White wines
Inurrieta Orchidea 2015 (Navarra) 19.95
Lees-aged sauvignon Blanc, aromatic and citrusy.
Torres Viña Esmeralda 2015 (Penedès) £20.60
Lush, grapey, medium dry Muscat/gewürztraminer
Muga Blanco 2015 (Rioja) £24.80
Spare, uncompromising, bone dry and flinty
Pazo de Barrantes Albariño 2015 (Rias Baixas) £26.95
Fruity and citrusy Albariiño. Ideal for fish and seafood dishes
Botani Mosactel Seco 2014 (SIERRAS DE MALAGA) £35.00
This beautiful white made from the meticulous selection of Muscat de Alexandria grapes which vineyards are located on the mountain slopes near Almachar is bursting with tropical fruit and flowery notes. Wonderfully fruity, but not the least bit sweet as you might expect from a Moscatel. 91 points The Wine Advocate
Vino Rosado – Rosé wine
Inurrieta Mediodía 2015 (Navarra) £19.45
Vibrant, dry, but full-flavoured
Muga Rosado 2015 (RIOJA) £24.80
Intoducing a refreshingly light, blush rose form the hugely popular bodegas Muga
Cava & Champagne
Cava, indigenous Spanish fizz – made from native grapes – by virtue of the warm climate is low in acidity and best drunk young in order to enjoy its freshness and delicacy
Papet Del Mas Brut N.V. (Penedès) £29.95
Dry, fresh, and agreeably light
Marta Pasio Reserva 2012 (Penedès) £32.45
Dry but fragrant with a delicate pale pink hue
Louis Roderer Brut Premier N.V. £65.00
An elegantly mature wine, fruity and fresh with a smooth palate
Vinos Tintos – Red wines
Cerro Añon Tinto Crianza 2013 (Rioja) £19.80
Fruity and spicy offering, mellow and round with a good balance
Juan Gil 4 Meses Monastrell 2015 (Jumilla) £22.95
A beautiful Monastrell from 40 year old vineyards. Intense juicy fruit and hugely enjoyable!
Prado Rey Roble 2015 (Ribera del Duero) £23.95
Packed full of crunchy black fruit flavours. This characterful wine is a blend of Tempranillo with small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet, full bodied with ripe tannins and a long finish. Delightful!
Barbazul 2013 (Arcos de la Frontera) £23.95
From the Huerta de Albala winery in Cadiz, possibly the most significant development in Andalucian winemaking since the creation of Sherry! Vicente Taberner’s creation is a heady concoction of flavours in a seriously impressive wine with intriguing, complex notes of perfectly balanced forest fruits and a long finish. A must try!
Vina Salceda Reserva 2010 (Rioja) £28.95
This pedigree house make only 3 wines and this one is the star: violet in hue and with opulent red plum flavoured fruit, the oak ageing is admirably restrained, the balance extraordinary and the finish memorable. This is finesse.
Marques de Murrieta Reserva 2011 (Rioja) £29.95
50cl. Flute 2010 £17.95
From one of the 2 oldest wineries in Rioja, this is a sublimely subtle offering with ever so gentle ripe red fruit, a touch of spice and of coffee, and breathtakingly fine oak. a joy!
Fine and rare wine list
A fair proportion of the following wines are absolute rarities which have not been available for many years either in Spain or the UK.
All of them originate either from the producer or from sporadic auctions of privately owned cellars.
Our policy is to keep at least 3 bottles of each wine listed; but * indicates that as little as 1 bottle might remain.
Vinos Blancos – White wines
Marques de Murrieta Reserva ‘Capellania’ 2011 (RIOJA) £30-00
Wonderful old school aged white Rioja with waves of intense oak conveying a cedar quality which is extremely well integrated into this crisply acidic wine, with a subtle sherry-like quality and a lingering finish
Que Bonito Cacareaba! 2011 (RIOJA) £60-00
This most oddly named wine is currently all the rage in Spain, translated as ´How pleasingly he clucked´(!) Made by innovative young winemaker Benjamín Romeo, it´s a fascinating oak and lees-aged blend of Viura, white Garnacha and Malvasía from old vineyards; golden in colour and distinctly creamy, its flavour is a fascinating fusion of sweetish, aromatic oak and pear with delicate overtones of pineapple and apricot.
Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva 1964* (RIOJA) £695-00
Distinctly golden in hue; dry, tangy and fresh with elements of witch hazel oak, a touch of citrus, some butterscotch and good acidity.
Vinos Tintos – Red Wines
Allende 2009 (RIOJA) £49-00
The ebullient Miguel Angel Gregorio has revived this fine old estate in Briones located in La Rioja. This offering has a beautiful ruby colour and a nose of spice and violets. The palate is marked out by both the generosity of ripe red and black fruit and by the quality of the tannins. As always a fine match for chorizo or lamb dishes.
Muga Reserva Selección Especial 2011 (RIOJA) £52-50
Only the best grapes are selected for this special blend and aged for 6 months in large vats, before 30 months in small oak barrels and a further year in the bottle. Intense, concentrated and powerful aromas of black fruit, red berries, spice and hints of wild flowers complemented with an intense and very powerful, fruit driven palate with layers of flavour and exotic spice. Enjoy with lamb, game or duck.
Castell del Remei 1780 2008 (COSTERS DEL SEGRE) £68-00
From one of the pioneers of catalan winemaking for over a century. This Cabernet, Tempranillo and Garnacha blend is a deep and intense wine with expressive aromas of cassis, mulberry and balsamic notes. On the palate the dense black, almost dried fruit has a certain minerality from the high chalk content in the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, with a slight spice on the finish. A voluptous wine with ripe and integrated fine tannins, bright acidity and a powerful black fruit and mocha finish. Absolutely delightful!
Guelbenzu Lautus 2005 (RIBERA DEL QUEILES) £70-00
Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a little old Garnacha; this is lush and yet ever so fine, it’s pure blackcurrant core embellished by just a hint of chocolate and fragrant, understated French oak.
Marques de Murrieta Dalmau Reserva 2009 (RIOJA) £72-00
A blend of 74% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Graciano from a single vineyard called Canaja, planted in 1950, which yields one kilo of grapes per plant. The varieties are kept separated for the first 13-14 months. The wine is left to settle in concrete vats for six months before being bottled. It displays a dark ruby colour, a serious nose with some balsamic, minty notes, and aromas of liquorice, cedar wood, smoke, cigar ash, a mixture of red and black fruit, and spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon. It feels more Atlantic than Mediterranean! The palate is round and elegant, with great acidity, a multi-dimensional character, and a very long finish.
San Román 2010 (TORO) £80-00
Made by the former winemaker of Vega Sicilia, Mariano García and his son Eduardo at Maurodos, this is perhaps the most impressive red made in this small, rugged and traditional region. Made from centenary Tinta de Toro vines, it is formidably opulent, and simply soaks up some 25 months in French oak to stay fresh as a daisy with redolent red cherry and plum flavours, alluring floral overtones and neat acidity – all enveloped in firm but by no means overdone tannins.
Alión 2006* (RIBERA DEL DUERO) £90-00
From the Vega Sicilia stable. Richly perfumed, with a palate full of dark berry and dark cherry fruit, chocolate, and spice. Intense, concentrated, complex, and beautifully balanced. 96+/100 The Wine Advocate
Calvario 2002 Finca Allende (RIOJA) £115-00
Made by the most extraordinary Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, who is better known for Allende and Aurus, this is in fact his best wine, made from old vine Tempranillo, 8% Garnacha and 2% Graciano growing on a single plot on a hill (Calvario is of course Calvary/Golgotha in English…) just outside Briones and with 14 months in a variety of French oaks. Palish cherry red; with a very intense bouquet of mature jammy black fruits, hints of violets and roses, mineral elements, and smoky, spicy, slightly balsamic oak; this is dense, brisk and potently flavoured with a slightly salty tang; and needs to be partnered with most seriously flavoured food!
Allende Aurus 1996 (RIOJA) £210-00
Allende are one of the pioneers of modern style Rioja but 18 years of aging have turned this wine from a modern fruity muscular wine into a classic, evolved Rioja.
Made from old vine Tempranillo grapes the aromas are meaty with classic notes of leather and cedar, flavours are a blend of the developed and the fresh with meaty gamey notes, fresh acidity soft and gentle tannins, and a long delicate finish.
Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial – Marqués de Murrieta (RIOJA)
Made primarily from Tempranillo, this wine is now light orangey sandalwood in colour; with a bouquet of cassis, white pepper, coffee, leather, candied fruits, tiramisu, kirsch and sloes; yet smooth, silky and rich on the palate with all its initial aromas coming back again on the finish. Muy, muy rico…
Vega Sicilia (RIBERA DEL DUERO)
Spain’s most prestigious wine estate, which lies on the fringe of the village of Valbuena some 40 minutes east of Valladolid, was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves and was planted not purely with local Tinto Fino/aka Tempranillo but also with Cabernet, Merlot and Malbec sourced from nurseries in Bordeaux. These remain the 4 grape varieties employed and the top wine, Único, is only made in vintages considered appropriate – the blend varying considerably and the wine until quite recently spending a minimum of 10 years in oak bocoyes (of 300 to 400 litre capacity) of American, French and Eastern European oaks made on site, at the winery’s cooperage.
Único is dense, complex, layered, and well structured with many elements – most typically coffee, black fruits, cedarwood, and tobacco – but the vintages vary quite significantly, which is not surprising in view of the complicated nature of the region.
Único 1990 £370-00
This was a light year and the wine 80% Tinto Fino and 20% Cabernet with just 7 and a half years in 4 different sorts of oak. It is now very mature: with an abundance of oak, leather, tobacco, a touch of chocolate, has balsamic, slightly mentholated notes and quite high acidity still.
Único 1985* £400-00
This is altogether richer and more opulent with more emphasis on dark fruits.
Único 1965* £500-00
Quite glorious still, the colour is notably paler; the wine thinner and finer but silky smooth, and elegant with nuances of dark fruit, a pronounced cedary tang and excellent acidity still holding everything together.
L’Ermita – Álvaro Palacios (PRIORATO)
Álvaro Palacios is one of Spain´s ‘young guns´, and though his family are from Rioja, he has deliberately forged his reputation further afield; and though he is not at all pretentious (we first met him many years ago in Falset swigging a bottle of Barolo on the pavement in front of Falset’s one and only hotel!) L’Ermita is perhaps the most expensive wine of Spain…
Made from 80% Garnacha, 10% Cariñena and 10% Cabernet – with the Garnacha coming from the oldest, centenary vineyards in the region, where a single vine produces perhaps a quarter of a kilo of grapes (worth remembering that it takes 1 kilo of grapes to produce 1 bottle of wine!) – it is no small surprise that this wine has such immense concentration, ripeness, fruit and depth.
L’Ermita 1996/7 £395-00
“Arguably the finest individual red in Spain. Unbelievably good!”
96/100 The Wine Spectator
Les Terrasses 1996 £250-00
Delicate open nose with plumy fruits, a hint of oak and leather. Made from 60% carignan, 30% grenache, and 10% cabernet sauvignon.
Excellent balance with ripe raspberries and plumbs. Bright yet balanced with a powerful core , some finesse, well integrated tannins and a long finish.