Day: December 29, 2014

OT: Viña Herminia Excelsus 2011

Viña Herminia Excelsus 2011

I was unable to resist mentioning some of the wines I’m testing during this holidays. But don’t forget to drink in moderation, it’s your responsibility.

  • Winery: Bodegas Viña Herminia S.L. Camino de los Agudos, 1 – 26559, Aldeanueva de Ebro – La Rioja (ESPAÑA). The winery is located in Aldeanueva de Ebro, just below Calahorra, at the south-eastern end of the Rioja Baja. Vineyards surround the winery, and extend up the slopes of nearby Monte Yerga to altitudes of 700m. This is unusually high for the Rioja Baja.
  • Phone: +34 941 142 305
  • Winemaker: David Bastida Caro
  • Website: www.viñaherminia.es//index.php/en
  • Brand: Viña Herminia Excelsus 2011
  • DO: Denominacion de Origen Cualificada Rioja Subzone: Rioja Baja.
  • Type: 14% Young red wine aged for 8 months in new 225 litre French oak casks. Matured a minimum of 6 months in bottle. As a new wave Rioja this wine is classified as “Vino de Autor”.
  • Grapes Variety: 50% Tempranillo 50% Garnacha
  • Vineyards: Viña Herminia has its own 4 hectare vineyard in front of the winery, but otherwise sources its grapes from the Viñedos de Aldeanueva cooperative, which happens to be the biggest vineyard owner in the whole of Rioja. The winemaking team select only the best lots to ensure the superior quality of Viña Herminia wines.
  • Soil: Calcareous chalk on the hillside slopes
  • Bottle Size: 75.0 cl.
  • Price: It was a gift but my understanding is that it can be available below 10,00 € 
  • My wine rating: 9.3/10

Located in the Rioja Baja, at the southeastern end of the Rioja, Viña Herminia belongs to the Luis Caballero group of companies, also owners of Emilio Lustau S.A. in Jerez. Viña Herminia offers a full range of Rioja wines, from vineyards on the slopes of Monte Yerga and Monte Argudo, up to an altitude of 700m, complemented with grapes from the best communes of the Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. Expert vinification and blending ensures rich, generous, fruity wines, with great natural freshness and appeal. Best of all, the Viña Herminia range is very reasonably priced. Over the last couple of years, a number of top UK and US commentators, including both Jancis Robinson and Robert Parker, have highlighted Viña Herminia as one of the premier addresses in Rioja for high quality and real value. The Australian winemaker David Morrison begun his collaboration with this winery in 2001.

A complete report about Rioja wines, The Wines of Rioja—A New Look, is available in this pdf here.

Film Notes: Gone Baby Gone (2007) directed by Ben Affleck

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USA / 114 minutes / Color / Miramax Films Dir: Ben Affleck Pro: Sean Bailey, Alan Ladd, Jr., Danton Rissner Scr: Ben Affleck, Aaron Stockard Story: based on Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane Cine: John Toll Mus: Harry Gregson-Williams Cast: Casey Affleck (Patrick Kenzie), Michelle Monaghan (Angie Gennaro), Morgan Freeman (Captain Jack Doyle), Ed Harris (Detective Sergeant Remy Bressant), John Ashton (Detective Nick Poole), Amy Ryan (Helene McCready), Madeline O’Brien (Amanda McCready), Amy Madigan (Beatrice “Bea” McCready), Titus Welliver (Lionel McCready), Slaine (Bubba Rogowski), Edi Gathegi (Cheese), Mark Margolis (Leon Trett), Michael K. Williams (Devin), Jill Quigg (Dottie) Release date: 31 October 2007 (Spain)

Summary Plot: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl’s aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that they have little experience with this type of case, but the family wants them for two reasons – they’re not cops and they know the tough neighborhood in which they all live. As the case progresses, Kenzie and Gennaro face drug dealers, gangs and pedophiles. When they are about to solve the case, they are faced with a moral dilemma that tears them apart. (Official site)

Gone Baby Gone is Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, based on the novel from the author of Mystic River. Its British release date was postponed due to its similarities to the Madeline McCann kidnapping case.

The plot is complicated and loaded with twists, but the writers do a fine job of keeping the action lucid. The script boasts a good deal of mordant humor, along with an underlying mood of melancholy. Perhaps what is most impressive is the complex moral vision that permeates the script. When Patrick gives vent to anger and disgust and shoots a pedophile, the cops applaud him, but he is tormented by the killing. That’s a sign that the film isn’t going to rely on pat moral judgments. “Gone” also contains a rich gallery of vivid characters, brought to life by an excellent cast. (Read full review at The Hollywood Reporter)

I’d heard many good things about this film and finally Begoña and I did get the chance of seeing it yesterday on DVD. The film lived up to our expectations.

Notas de cine: Adiós pequeña, adiós (2007) dirigida por Ben Affleck

Argumento: A dos detectives privados de Boston, Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) y Angela Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan), los contrata una familia para que encuentren a una niña de cuatro años, hija de una drogadicta (Amy Ryan), que ha sido secuestrada en uno de los barrios más sórdidos de la ciudad. (Film Affinity)

Adiós pequeña, adiós es el debut como director de Ben Affleck, basada en la novela homónima del autor de Mystic River. Su fecha de lanzamiento en el Reino Unido se aplazó debido a sus similitudes con el caso del secuestro de Madeline McCann.

‘Adiós Pequeña Adiós’ es un thriller en la mejor tradición del género. Tenemos un caso en apariencia sencillo, pero sobre el que se ocultan más cosas, tenemos la pareja de detectives, y tenemos un barrio de Boston, lleno de todo tipo de personajes, algunos de la peor calaña posible. En esa descripción de personajes es donde Affleck acierta por completo en el inicio de su película, la cual emplea su primera media hora en presentarnos a las gentes del barrio, unas gentes que parece que el director conoce muy bien desde su infancia, transmitiendo muy bien cierta sensación de familiaridad. Sorprende así pues, que el realizador se haya parado tanto a describir con bastante acierto una galería de personajes que se encuentran desde luego entre lo mejor del film. …. Una película correcta, bastante entretenida y que se sigue con interés, despertando en el cinéfilo el desear que Ben Affleck haga gran cine próximamente. Desde luego apunta maneras, y apuesto a que lo conseguirá. (Ver reseña completa en Blog de cine)

Había oído muchas cosas buenas sobre esta película y finalmente Begoña y yo tuvimos la oportunidad de verla ayer en DVD. La película estuvo a la altura de nuestras expectativas.