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Discover Spain's stylish mix of the traditional and modern with three wines that represent the country's diversity: Verdejo from Marqués de Cáceres, a modern white wine from Spain's infamous Rioja region, Bodegas Muriel Crianza, a traditional style Rioja, and Campo Viejo Garnacha, an innovative and expressive fruity red wine. For anyone who enjoys the incredible wines of Spain, this trio delivers a diverse and delicious selection.Wine Gift Includes:
- Marqués de Cáceres Verdejo
As Spain's signature white grape, the wines produced from Verdejo are refreshing and aromatic. The Verdejo from Marqués de Cáceres is a modern style Rioja made using French techniques. Visually, this wine is a vivid straw color. On the nose, a fresh, clean and intense bouquet is enlivened by notes of citrus fruit with a depth of pears and apples. Deliciously fresh and full in the mouth where racy, focused flavors deliver notes of minerals, lemon rind and green apples. A good length and a refreshing finish, make this a beautiful white to enjoy with an aperitif or to accompany a seafood meal.
- Bodegas Muriel Crianza Rioja
According to aging regulations, Bodegas Muriel's Crianza Rioja is aged for 12 months in oak barrels and another year in the bottle before release. With the use of American Oak, the nose exhibits very fine mature oak aromas, including vanilla, coconut and balsamic notes, combined with fruit and licorice hints, as well as mature red fruit. The palate is full and elegant, leaving a very pleasant sensation in the finish. This traditional Rioja is the perfect wine for everyday drinking.
- Campo Viejo Garnacha
Unusual for such a wine, this Garnacha also has a marked caramel undertone that is more nuanced than the average Rioja. The wine has a red color with purple flashes. It is very bright and lively, with a nose of strawberry, raspberry, cherry, and blackberry backed with notes of violet and lilac. Subtle notes of sweet spices and toast enhance and wrap the fruit. It is soft, silky, fresh and intense.
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Due to the popularity of this gift, wines sometimes sell out. Should this happen, we will always substitute wines with equal or greater value.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.
In the Glass
When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.
Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.
Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.