The Artisan Collection is an importer of family made wines, centered on preserving and promoting wine traditions and authenticity. To preserve the quality of the wines from vine to bottle to sale, they use only expedient and 100% refrigerated storage and shipping. They sent a few sample bottles to try out from their broad portfolio some time ago, just found my notes again. :)
Bodegas Ramon Ramos Monte Toro Roble 2009: Tinto de Toro grapes hand harvested from 30-year-old vines; fermented in small concrete tanks, plot by plot; only native yeasts used; aged 6 months in French and American Oak; bottled without fining or filtration, direct into the bottle from the casks; dark, almost opaque ruby color with lighter edges; cassis, dark cherry, herb and earthy aromas; bright red fruit, rhubarb, and herb flavors; lighter bodied than expected; lots of acidity; 14.5% ABV; natural cork closure; SRP $15 (depending on location).
Las Lilas Vinho Verde White 2013: Estate grown Louriero and Treixadura from vines that are 25+ years old; yellow color with greenish tinge; white floral, pear, and subtle starfruit aromas; green melon, pear, and tangerine flavors; light bodied with slight effervescence; tart and acidic, refreshing to drink; 10% ABV; twist-off closure; SRP $10 (depending on location).
Wine received for tasting purposes – all opinions are my own.
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