B Sides Episode 6
Bodegas mas que vinos “Ercavio” Tempranillo 2015 “Roble” and Hamilton Leithauser, “The Loves of Your Life”.
Turns out I did learn something in high school Spanish… who knew I just apply it to drinking.
There is a new album by Hamilton Leithauser called “The Loves of Your Life.” Hamilton has been around the indie rock scene for some time; mostly as the singer of the band The Walkmen. The Walkmen’s last album “Heaven” is an absolute masterpiece and Hamilton’s solo album “I Had a Dream That You Were Mine” is fantastic as well. This album proves no different. It is beautifully experimental while maintaining a great folk sensibility with his voice continuing to be the driving force. Pour yourself a whisky or bourbon and have a listen.
Finally! A wine from this fucking case with some information online about it! This comes from Bodegas Mas Que Vinos or translated: Winery, More Than Wines. A concept started in 1998 when three friends, Margarita Madrigal, Alexandra Schmedes y Gonzalo Rodríguez, who are also winemakers, decided to go in to business together. Their philosophy: make wines that represent the Ocaña Plateau and its main varietals Cencibel (Tempranillo), Garnacha (Grenache), Malvar & Airén. This region is high desert and is a rough growing climate for anything that isn’t resilient, like Panzer tank resilient.
The other key to Spanish wines is their designations. There is Joven, Crianza, Reserva, or Gran Reserva and this wine: a “Roble.” These all have strict definitions as to how much time they need in the barrel and quality standards checked by a board of experts. Roble (which literally means oak) fits in between Joven, which sees no barrel time, and Crianza, aging for six months. This wine had a wild fermentation in stainless steel, then did its malolactic fermentation in cement tanks, and then finally spent six months in French oak barrels.
Out of the gate the nose is tobacco, black tea, and figs. As it opens up there are very ripe black fruit notes, eucalyptus, licorice and cloves. I almost wonder if I should cook it down into a kind of dressing for salad or steak. The palate starts off with dense, savory dark fruit. It shows the hot weather it grows in as the acid is there but isn’t long-lasting, meaning the vines don’t get much rest time overnight. The finish is quick but leaves a lasting note of cinnamon and boysenberry, the most poorly named berry ever. It is a good wine that I will sip while trying to figure out why I don’t have family member with enough connections to win a rigged McDonalds contest. #McMillions
Until next time, Cheers!