November 2015 Wine of the Month Club Newsletter - page 3

The Winery:
When we first tasted the wines of Felix Solis, the
maker of Vina Albali, we were knocked out. We thought that it must be a
co-op of many different growers and were shocked to learn that it is a
family run business.
It’s hard to believe when you consider that they crush 250,000 tons of grapes
a year. That’s enough to make 15 million cases of wine. It used to be an
axiom in the wine industry that you just couldn’t make good wine,
let alone great wine, when you make so much. Gallo kind of proved
everybody wrong on that front and Felix Solis is doing an amazing job of
continuing to do so.
The winery was founded in 1952 by Felix Solis Yanez. It has grown from
humble beginnings to a powerful force in Spain’s wine business. You
don’t become a company this size by making mediocre wines. Though
we haven’t tasted the entire portfolio, suffice to say that every wine
we’ve tried is nothing short of incredible and at prices that are truly
hard to believe.
The Region:
S
pain has had
the most acres of grapes plantings for
decades. Yet, until just last year, they
were 3rd in production behind Italy
and France. Better vineyard management has led to
better yields to the point where just last year they took
over the top spot.
It was kind of a blessing in disguise because with so
much wine, they had to lower prices in order to sell
them, yet there is little argument that today Spain
represents the greatest value in the world of wine.
Solis buys grapes from 4,000 different farmers. Can you even imagine what it would be
like to keep track of that? Yet, obviously, they do because the wines speak, actually scream,
for themselves.
The Wine:
Our selection comes from Valdepenas.
It is made from Spain’s greatest red grape, Tempranillo,
and could be confused with a great Rioja until you get to
the checkout stand. Here is, once again, an amazing value
from this amazing country.
NOVEMBER
2015
Classic
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ITEM #: C1115R1IS
Retail Price:
$18.99/each
Member Price $10.98/each
Reorder Price $7.99/each
WOMC Rating
94
Serve with red meats,
fowl and game.
Color:
Medium magenta
Nose:
Crushed rose petals
Palate:
Lovely plum
Finish:
Lengthy with firm tannins
Cellaring Suggestions:
3-6 years
Alcohol:
13.0%
VINA ALBALI
TEMPRANILLO, 2014
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