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Axial Vinos – Spanish Wine Intro

November 8, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

A while ago I got an email from the Axial Vinos marketing, informing me that two of the Spanish wines from Axial Vinos portfolio had been recently added to the Trader Joe’s wine selection. I was also asked if I would accept a sample of the wines. As you might now, I have a difficult relationship with the samples – I don’t actively solicit them, and I consider each request individually. To be entirely honest, I had less than a handful of requests for sending the samples, and so far I didn’t reject any. I don’t have a strong criteria for rejection, it would probably have to be something like a Crane Lake of Sutter Home, for me to say “no, thank you”, but nevertheless, that makes me feel better.

As the wines which were offered to me were Spanish wines, which are some of my favorites in the world, of course I said “yes, please”. A few weeks later, the wines arrived, and then I had an opportunity to taste them – and now I would like to share my impressions with you.

Before we get to the wines, a few words about Axial Vinos. It appears that Axial Vinos is an export company, which works with the wineries in different regions of Spain, where it sources all of their wines. Axial Vinos portfolio includes more than a dozen of different wineries, located in all the leading regions, such as Ribera Del Duero, La Rioja, Penedes and others.

Now, let’s talk about the wines. From the get go, I really liked the packaging:

Axial Vinos

You know, this additional layer of paper, wrapped around the  bottles, enhances an element of mystery. Wine in the bottle is always a mystery, this is what makes it such fun – you really don’t know what is there, behind the cork, so your imagination can run wild, simply based on all the visual cues – the shape of the bottle, the label, the capsule. Here you can’t clearly see even those details, so the mystery multiplies.

But of course the next step is to unwrap the bottles (and admire the labels):

Avial VinosOkay, so we are done looking at the bottles, let’s talk about the content.

2012 Zumaya Tempranillo Ribera del Duero DO (13.5% ABV, 100% Tempranillo)  – nice and simple, food friendly wine. Hint of dark fruit on the nose, some blackberries and espresso notes on the palate. Tannins are soft and light, good acidity, good balance. Easy to drink. Drinkability: 7

2011 LA MANO Mencía Roble Bierzo DO (13% ABV, 100% Mencía) – what I like about Mencía-based wines as a whole is energy. Somehow all the Mencía wines I tasted to the date have this universal bright and uplifting character. This wine had nice, freshly pressed juice on the nose with the prevailing aromas of the fresh cherries. Similar cherries/plum profile on the palate, simple, clean, medium body, round dark fruit, easy to drink. Drinkability: 7+

NV La Granja 360 Cava Brut (11.5% ABV, 70% Xarel-lo, 30% Parellada) – simple and elegant, perfectly refreshing, just a touch of sweetness, good acidity, very balanced overall. Drinkability: 8-

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All in all, this 3 wines can serve as a perfect introduction into the wonderful world of Spanish wines. To all the lucky people who can buy their wines at Trader Joe’s (Trader Joe’s in Connecticut doesn’t sell wines, so I’m not one of them), I highly recommend not to miss on all these wines. Considering that the Turkey Day is coming, I believe all three wines will pair quite well with the Thanksgiving feast, and I’m sure you will not break the bank to get them. If you will try or have tried these wines already – let me know what do you think.

That’s all I have for you for today, folks. Enjoy your Friday – and the weekend is coming! Cheers!

  1. November 8, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Big fan of Ribero del Duero wines here and for that matter Cava’s too. Thanks for the reviews. We just got our first Trader Joe’s so a visit may be in the near future. I just discovered the region of Navarra in Spain and am enjoying a Tempranillo blend by the name of Tablao.
    Best regards.

    • talkavino
      November 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      I have a soft spot for the Spanish wines in general – there is a lot of great wines “on the budget” coming out of Spain.
      And the Trader Joe’s wine selection is generally outstanding, especially considering the QPR. Enjoy!

  2. November 8, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Thank you very much for the reviews Anatoli and congrats for the great post & pictures, we really liked them! Have a nice weekend!

    • talkavino
      November 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you again for the wines and your kind words! Glad you like the post!

  3. PSsquared
    November 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I am fortunate to live very close to a Trader Joe’s, and they have great prices on wine. What a shame yours doesn’t sell it. I will look for these!

    • talkavino
      November 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      If you actually will happen to buy any of these, leave me a note – I’m curious if you will actually like them!

  4. PSsquared
    November 9, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Picked up the two reds at TJ’s today. Just opened the La Mano. I do like it. I agree about the cherries, and there seems to be a spice that reminds me of Indian food, but I can’t quite figure out why. E is wondering what you would pair it with. He’s thinking pasta with a tomato-based sauce. Of course, he’s always thinking pasta. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion.

    • talkavino
      November 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Yay! Glad you like it! Pasta might work, really depends on the sauce. I would also think of lamb chop or lamb stew as a nice pair.

      • PSsquared
        November 9, 2013 at 8:20 pm

        Sounds good. Thanks!

  5. November 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Will keep my eyes open for these in A2. Thanks for sharing!

    • talkavino
      November 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      My pleasure! Let me know how you will like them if you will find them.

      • November 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm

        Will do! Might be next year though….:)

        • talkavino
          November 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

          I’m not in a hurry, you know …
          : )

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