Wine Advocate 90 "The 2011 Fuerza is mainly Monastrell with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented traditionally and aged 12 months in barriques. The nose shows a mixture of esparto grass, Mediterranean herbs, paprika and tree bark over the core of black cherries. The palate is quite savory, with fine,
Wine Spectator 92 Top 100 Wines of 2015, Rank: 36 "This alluring white delivers a broad range of flavors in a pillowy texture, while crisp, well-integrated acidity maintains the focus. Melon, coconut, spice and smoky flavors mingle harmoniously on the plush palate. The mineral element is fresh and
James Suckling 95 "Ripe aromas of dried fruits, plums and prunes. Flowers too. Full body, round and ripe textured tannins. Intense and powerful fruit. Layered. Powerful style. Very long. Richer than normal due to the the hot growing seasons of 2003. Aged for six years in old American oak barrels.
Robert Parker 93 "The 2012 Yaso is 100% Tinta de Toro aged six months in French oak. It boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet perfume of blackberries, white chocolate, licorice and graphite. Full-bodied and opulent, it offers a fresh, full, exuberant mouthful of red wine with
The wine exhibits a glass-coating opaque purple color with an expressive nose of pain grille, underbrush, brier, mineral, blueberry, and blackberry fruit leading to a plush, opulent wine with great density, savory flavors, and a lengthy finish.
Vinous Media 92 "Ruby-red. Aromas of ripe red berries, candied rose, vanilla and pipe tobacco, with a mineral element contributing vivacity. Juicy, penetrating and gently sweet on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry and cherry flavors that deepen on the back half. Shows very good heft and power
Wine Advocate 92 “The 2014 Hazana Vinas Viejas is simply one of the greatest values in Rioja that money can buy. A blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano, this collaboration between importer Eric Solomon and the owner and winemaker has produced an absolutely amazing Rioja from 45- to 70-year-old
Josh Reynolds 91 "Brilliant ruby. Lively aromas of blackcurrant, cherry and fresh tobacco are complicated by a smoky mineral quality. Sweet, smooth and broad, showing ripe blackcurrant and cherry flavors and a touch of rose pastille. Quite Bordeaux-like in style, finishing with smooth tannins and
Blend: Monastrell 50%, Syrah 50% Oak: Pappy Van Winkle Used Bourbon Barrels "Medium deep opaque purple color with dark red rim. Initial aromas redolent of blackberry and blueberry with underlying hints of red fruits give way to pleasing complex elements of vanilla and toffee. Soft, big, yet
Wine Enthusiast 88 WE TOP 100 2012 BEST BUY Rank 45 "This is as crisp and dry as a whispy reed, with a mild grassy note on the nose. It feels fresh and focused, with lime, peach and apple flavors. Fruity, fresh and easy to like from start to finish, this is what a Best Buy should be." ~M.S. "A
Wine & Spirits 90 "Apple-citrus aromas, light as a breeze, lead into the clear, bright citrus flavors of this well-made Cava. It's full of tangerine, lemon and lemon pith character, with a sparkly acidity and dry vivaciousness that would accompany shellfish." "A light cava appreciated for its
Wine Enthusiast 92 "Mild rooty notes come side by side with plum, berry and cola aromas. This is deep, pure and elegant in the mouth, with ripe berry, spice and vanilla flavors doled out in proper amounts. A loamy finish with just enough acidic kick confirms the excellence of this gran reserva from
Robert Parker 90 "Pure Tinta de Toro from a number of vineyard son Sandy and stony soils aged in 30% new barrels for 12-15 months. There are some aromas mixing cured meat with classical Tempranillo black raspberries, and some lactic and spice aromas (cola nut), with hints of granite and licorice.
Wine Advocate 91"The 2010 Hacienda Lopez de Haro Crianza feels quite classical in its style, lightly-colored, with clean red spicy fruit, a touch of leather and a polished, soft palate that makes it very pleasant and easy to drink. At this price level this wine is a steal! "
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2014 Carro is a ridiculous value in a full-bodied, complex, rich and savory dry red wine. Dense ruby/purple with notes of blackberry and blueberry fruit, licorice and camphor, the wine is totally unoaked and naked. This is a beauty of purity and richness and just goes to show
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2013 Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes, from a rainy year and a late harvest that resulted in perfect ripeness and low yields, is a blend of 55% Garnacha and 45% Cariñena. You might find labels and literature referring Cariñena to as Samsó, something that is wrong and creates
Robert Parker 92 "A 100% Tempranillo aged 14 months in American and French oak, the 2011 Reserva is an outstanding value showing beautiful black and red currant fruits, high-quality, unsmoked cigar tobacco, licorice and loamy soil undertones. Deep, medium to full-bodied, very pure, rich and
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2013 De Nit is a blend of the three classical white grapes from the region, Macabeo, Xarello, Parellada and a pinch (5%) of red Monastrell sourced from the historical Viña de la Plana. The wine had an average of 24 months in contact with the lees (18 for the first disgorgement
Vinous 90 "Opaque purple. Ripe dark berries, violet and smoky minerals on the fragrant nose, with a peppery element adding lift. Fleshy and broad in the mouth, offering sweet mulberry and boysenberry flavors that are given definition and cut by juicy acidity. Finishes with very good energy and
Wine Advocate 91"The 2008 Odipus is composed of 100% Garnacha from 100+-year-old vines aged for 6 months in seasoned French oak. It offers up excellent density and richness in its black cherry fruit. Hints of smoke, incense, violets, and mineral notes add complexity to the smooth as silk finish. "
Josh Raynolds 91 "(all tempranillo; aged for a year in new French oak): Dark purple. Exotically perfumed aromas of fresh dark berries, toasty oak, incense and fresh flowers, with a mineral element adding vivacity. Vibrant cherry and blackberry flavors show very good clarity, gaining in sweetness
Vinous Media 90 "(97% garnatxa blanca and 3% viognier; all stainless steel): Green-tinged yellow. Mineral-driven lemon and quince aromas show very good clarity and energy, with a hint of pear adding depth. Dry and nervy on the palate, offering bitter quince and citrus zest flavors and a touch of
Wine Advocate 92 "It's interesting to see the 2011 and 2012 vintages of Las Gravas together as this 2011 starts with reductive aromas (energetic decanting is not out of the place) and also closed, with lactic notes and ripe fruit. With a very dark, concentrated and ripe full-bodied palate, it is