Buster's Spanish wine tasting

This Saturday we went to a Spanish wine tasting at the Tower Room, 33 floors at the top of the Clark Tower, in East Memphis. The place was really cool & one of the swankiest joints in Memphis. the walls are giant windows offering panoramic views of Memphis. You can see downtown, you can see the river & yes, you can see lovely Arkansas & probably Mississippi too. But we weren't there for the views, although they added a lot to the experience. We were there for the vino, all from Spain.

I enjoyed most everything we tasted, but one bottle stood out from the rest. It was 2001 Sierra Cantabria Crianza. This wine is from the Rioja region & is 100% Tempranillo. It required further tasting, so we picked up a bottle at Buster's on the way home with a nice 15% discount from the tasting. We also picked up a Siduri Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley (more on that later).

Here is what I jotted down during during the tasting.

2003 Eguren Protocolo Tinto-no notes.
2003 Capcanes Mas Donis Barrisca- Garnacha & syrah. La didn't like.
2003 Sierra De Siles Tempranillo- La's pick. enigmatic, spicy, baking spice.
2004 Wrongo Dongo- Spanish Mourvedre. Ok, so-so.
2003 Rene Barbier- good but not the best. Maple syrup.
2001 Sierra Cantabria Crianza- My fav. coffee on the nose. Very full & rich.
2004 Campos Reales- 30 year old vines. good & full, firm tanins.
2004 Eguren Protocolo Rose'- good. dry & fruity.
2003 Nekeas Vega Sindoa-Viura70%/Chardonay30%- good, creamie, slightly dry.
2003 Pazo De Senoran Albarino- crisp & clean.
2004 Maarques de Caceres Bianco- mumble mumble. fruity, heavier than the rest my fav white.
Egura Viudas Brut Reserva- nice, a little off dry & nutty.

It was great time & there were photo ops everywhere, although I took none of the actual tasting, I got a lot of good views & random shots. Enjoy.




The Tower.


The big bottles.


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