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Robert Parker 93"A blend of Grenache from Priorat, Rioja and Toro, Tempranillo from Rioja, and Carignan from Ribera del Duero and Carinyena. It has the same fermentation and upbringing as the French and Italian wines. Majestic, soaring black fruit aromas intermixed with forest floor, white flowers
Wine Spectator 94WS TOP 100 2013 Rank 22"Cedar, tobacco and spice hints frame dried cherry, berry and vanilla notes in this silky red. The flavors mingle nicely, framed by juicy acidity and light but firm tannins. The wine has a lovely, weightless intensity. A fine example of the traditional
Robert Parker 93"This blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from a vineyard situated adjacent to one of the famous vineyards utilized to produce Spain’s greatest red wine, Vega Sicilia. Made from relatively old vines, the 2012 Pruno is a sexy, opulent, voluptuously textured
Wine Advocate 91"I have become more and more smitten by the indigenous Godello grape that can achieve surprising heights in Spain. The 2012 Papa (100% organically grown Godello) was aged totally in stainless steel and saw no malolactic. It possesses the texture of a classy white Burgundy, as well
The Wine Advocate 92"The 2005 Hacienda Lopez de Haro Reserva is a blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano and 5% Garnacha aged for 20 months in French and American oak. It has a beautiful, rounded, sensual bouquet with hints of over-ripe Satsuma and gravel. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch
Robert Parker 94"Another baby Priorato, the 2012 Mas Donis, a custom cuvee from Eric Solomon, is composed of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah aged nine months in both new and used French and American oak. The Grenache comes from 70-year-old vines, and the Syrah from 30-year-old vines. It is difficult to
Wine Advocate 90"The 2010 CUNE Crianza, in a similar fashion to its 2011 sibling, is extremely aromatic, with clean raspberry aromas and the benefit of one more year in bottle, which provided it with some more complexity in the form of dried roses and sweet spice notes. The palate is velvety,
Wine Advocate 96"The 2001 Gran Reserva 904 will not be released for another 3 years. Dark ruby-colored with a garnet rim, it displays a lovely nose of Asian spices, incense, tobacco, balsamic, and blackberry. On the palate it has exceptional depth, layers of spicy black fruit, excellent ripeness,
Decanter 95 “Lovely; so complex and intriguing, improving through to the finish. A great, classic Rioja.” –PBT“Menthol and eucalyptus nose, then more classic aromas. Ripe and spicy with concentrated fruit. Deep, rich, fruit-driven and pretty serious.” –BH“Savoury style that is integrated,
Eric Asimov, New York Times BEST VALUE ***"Light and harmonious, with deep flavors of spicy red fruit and minerals and a touch of tannin."John Gilman 92"I love the wines from Algueira, and their 2012 Mencía is outstanding. The wine comes in at an even thirteen percent alcohol and offers up a
Wine Advocate 94 - NM"The 1998 Gran Reserva 890 is more or less the same blend and vinification as the 1995 with just a little more alcohol (13%). It has impressive intensity on the nose with lifted dark cherry and briary notes. It has very fine delineation with aromas of licorice and orange rind.
Robert Parker 89"A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Tempranillo aged in stainless steel. Made in the fourth straight drought vintage in the province of Zaragoza, this has been a big-time winner in just about every vintage it has been produced. A delicious black cherry, crushed chalk and
Wine Advocate 91 "Let’s start with the noteworthy 2007 Vina Alberdi, their youngest and fruiter wine from a cold vintage. It’s produced with Tempranillo grapes from their own vineyards in the villages of Rodezno and Labastida, fermented with their natural yeast and aged in American oak barrels
Wine Enthusiast 88WE 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
Robert Parker 92"The terrific 2012 Tres Picos is one of the finest inexpensive, Grenache-based wines made in the world. This full-bodied beauty boasts a deep ruby color as well as loads of strawberry and black cherry fruit, hints of lavender and crushed rocks, sweet tannin, and a broad, savory
Wine Spectator 92"Dense yet racy, this red delivers rich flavors of cherry, licorice and mineral that are deep yet fresh, with firm, well-integrated tannins and balsamic-scented acidity. Harmonious and lively. Drink now through 2021. 12,500 cases made. –TM"" A dry winter and a particularly
Robert Parker 89"A custom cuvee from Eric Solomon, Altovinum’s 2013 Evodia is made from 100% old vine Grenache (some of it 100 years old), planted at 850- to 950-meter elevations in pure slate soils. It is a lovely, elegant, feminine-styled Grenache displaying notes of strawberries, cherries,
Wine advocate 95"The 2005 Prado Enea Gran Reserva spends 36-months in oak, nine months in new oak after which it is racked into American oak that is “semi-new” (i.e. a new barrel that is “broken in” with a wine beforehand). It has an unashamedly opulent bouquet of primal, ripe, boysenberry,
Wine Advocate 91 "Another sensational value is the 2009 Rioja Vina Real Crianza. Made from 90% Tempranillo blended with other authorized varietals, this effort comes from vineyards in the foothills of Sierra Cantabria. Exceptionally ripe with a dark ruby/purple color, excellent texture, and
Wine Advocate 92"The 2012 Cent X Cent is produced with Garnacha Blanca from 75-year-old vineyards on argilo-calcareous soils, which aged in contact with the lees in vat for four months. It has a subtle, elegant nose, with well-integrated notes from the barrel, and clean, delineated aromas of
Wine Advocate 88"The 2008 Reserva seems like a much more serious wine, with fresh notes of cherries, some leather and pepper and a tight palate that reveals good balance, purity of flavors and good length. It should age well, as it has good balance. Drink 2014-2019."
Decanter 95+#7 Top 50 wines of 2013"Traditional, savoury style with soy sauce and rusticity. Typical Rioja with elegance and class. A great wine. An archetype of what makes Rioja unique: harmonious American oak, stylish oxidative development and fresh balance. This is smooth, long and classy."