Hello friends. Javier Alfonso is killing it with his Idilico label. Washington’s resident Spaniard launched the brand a little over a year ago as a sister brand to Pomum Cellars, with the intention of focusing exclusively on Spanish varietals.
I have never seen these wines reviewed anywhere, but even without the critics weighing in, this label has developed serious buzz over the past year, spurred on, I think, by the sommelier set and other insider types who know value when they see it.
Today we’re going to offer the latest release under the Idilico label, along with reoffer opportunities for two previous offerings whose western Washington stocks are rapidly dwindling. I’m also going to include the Red Wine Javier makes under the Pomum label, because a recent tasting revealed a wine that offers serious quality for the tariff.
2010 Idilico Garnacha
A new release, this is the second Garnacha under the Idilico label (2009 was the first). Just 200 cases produced, and at this price point, it is getting snapped up by restaurants looking for exciting new glass-pour options.
The core of this wine comes from Upland Vineyard on Snipes Mountain, which you might remember from several of our recent Maison Bleue offerings (Upland is the source of La Montagnette and Graviere), and it is blended with fruit from Elerding in the Yakima Valley, and then aged entirely in neutral barrels.
An attractive nose of cut rock, raspberry pastille, and lavender leads into a brambly, briary, black-fruited mouthful. This displays wonderful richness, unusual for the cooler 2010 vintage, and finishes with lovely leafy flavors. The word “delicious” appears in my tasting note three different times.
2009 Pomum Red Wine
This is the destination for the declassified barrels from Javier’s higher-end Pomum bottlings, which means it frequently ends up with fruit from DuBrul, Upland, Dineen, and Elerding: insane fruit quality for this tariff. The blend changes each year, and in 2009 it’s 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Syrah, 18% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, and 8 % Malbec.
So no, this is not the place to look for any varietal character. It is the place, however, to look for overt deliciousness. This is a little truffle of a wine: kirsch, crème de cassis, high-cacao chocolate, mocha. It’s ripe and rich, soft and approachable, an easy choice for an autumn house wine. The tannins are polished to a fine sheen, and this displays incredible concentration and length for a sub-$20 tariff.
First come first served up to 24 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and the wines should arrive in about a week, at which point they will be available for pickup or shipping during the autumn shipping window.