James Suckling 92 points. Blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavors. Hints of black tea. Full body. Layered and very rich. Juicy and succulent. Some mahogany at the end. Drink now Laya is a blend of 2 grape varieties, Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrall. The grapes come from the winery's own vineyards that lie at an altitude of 700-1000 metres above sea level, with limestone soils. The climate of the local area has a low level of rainfall. The vinification process begins with the maceration of the grape before fermentation. The two grape varieties ferment seperately in stainless steel tanks for 15days at a controlled temperature of 25ºC....
Decanter 92 points. This wine is a single-variety of Monastrell from old vineyards that are between 40 and 75 years old located in Sierra de la Sima. The altitude of the vineyards provides a particular microclimate, continental with Mediterranean influences, that causes temperature variations between day and night. This results in a good balance between the optimal ripening and the acidity that gives the wine a touch of freshness. Full bodied and muscular. The grapes are harvested manually and refined for 14 months in French oak barrels.
Tim Atkin MW 92 points. In 1973, Cvne and the family who own the winery created the first Rioja "chateau". Viñedos del Contino forms a set of vineyards surrounding an old country house, in a curve of the river Ebro. Their wines are made exclusively from the vines planted in their 62 hectares of land, located in Laserna, near Laguardia, in the Rioja Alavesa. Contino Gran Reserva is made from grapes selected from the vineyards surrounding the house, with over 60 years old Tempranillo vines. After being destemmed the grapes ferment in concrete deposits and macerate for 15 to 20 days. The malolactic fermentation takes place in new barrels. The...
James Suckling 97 points, Tim Atkin MW 95 points. Contino Reserva is a red wine from D.O. La Rioja produced by the winery Contino, which is owned by Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España. It is a coupage of the varieties Tempranillo (85%), Graciano (10%), Mazuelo (3%) and Red Grenache (2%). The grapes used to make Contino Reserva come from vineyards of the farm Finca San Rafael, located in the municipality of Laguardia, in La Rioja Alavesa.
Wine Advocate 95 points. "Dark spices, ripe fruit, something balsamic and a round, full-bodied palate within the straight and serious style of the wine...This has fine, slightly grainy tannins with good grip. A textbook Imperial Gran Reserva." Cune Imperial Grand Reserva is considered by some as one of the great wines of Spain. Its 2014 vintage was selected by the prestigious magazine the WineSpectator as the best wine in the world. It is a blend made from Tempranillo as the main variety with a small percentage of Mazuelo and Graciano. The grapes come from old vines planted 45 years ago in the town of Villalba. The harvest is done manually,...
Tim Atkin 96 points. You’d be crazy to pull the cork on this impressively structured Reserva from some of CVNE's best vineyards in the Rioja Alta, such is its ageing potential. But what a wine it is, marrying Tempranillo with 15% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano in a classic cuvée, nicely framed by French and American oak. 2023-35. James Suckling 95 points. A tight and linear red now with very long and direct palate that is driven and intense. Medium to full body, bright blackberry and mineral character. Just a baby now. Give it three to four years to soften. A beauty. Try in 2021. Wine Advocate 93 points. The analysis of the 2015 Imperial...
"The bottle I tasted of the 2016 Viña Real Crianza is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano from Rioja Alavesa that fermented destemmed in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and matured in French and American oak barrels for 13 to 14 months, during which time it was racked every five or six months. It's expressive, deliciously aromatic, floral and elegant, reflecting a cool year that delivered fresh wines that seem to be very approachable early on. 2016 is a pretty vintage, but this wine is not banal; it has depth and complexity that's remarkable for the price point. The palate is fresh and balanced, with fine...
WA 92 The Gran Reserva from Viña Real is also from the wet, cool and challenging 2013 vintage, so I tasted the 2013 Viña Real Gran Reserva next to the Cune Gran Reserva from the same vintage. This classical blend of Tempranillo with 10% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano matured in barrel for 24 months. This is a redder style of Viña Real, a little lighter, less concentrated and more aerial, with a cereal-like twist and a medium-bodied palate with very fine tannins. Good for food. 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2015. LG Jun 2019.
Wine Advocate 93 points. The classical 2015 Viña Real Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo with 10% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano from a warm and early harvest that fermented in stainless steel vats and aged in new oak barriques for 22 months with rackings every four months. I find it very expressive, aromatic and open, ripe and hedonistic but without excess. It has the soft and approachable profile of the Alavesa wines but with the grip of the fine-grained, chalky tannins. It's gentle but has clout. Delicious! LG Jun 2018. James Suckling 94 points.
97 Tim Atkin MW A step up on the memorable 2009, this shows just how special the 2010 vintage was. Marrying fruit from Briñas, Villalba and Rodezno, it's a perfectly judged marriage of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano. Savoury wild herb notes segue into a palate that's focused, balanced and graceful with the concentration and backbone to age. Drinking Window: 2019 - 2035. Wine Advocate 96+. It seems like yesterday when the superb 2001 was released, and now I already have the 2010 Gran Reserva 904 in my glass. It has to be among the greatest modern time vintages of this mythical bottling, where they aim for a wine that has a long aging...
Wine Advocate 93+. Produced with 100% Tinto Fino or Tempranillo grapes in a modern and fruit-forward style with generous oak, the 2015 Alión is juicy and intense, cropped from a warm and dry year that delivered a 15% alcohol red that is voluptuous and hedonistic. It matured for 12 to 14 months in oak barrels, mostly French and mostly new. At first I found it quite ripe, with black rather than red fruit, a little earthy and with a touch of licorice and ink. The palate reveals abundant, slightly dusty tannins without the quality they had in 2014; it's a little dry on the finish, a riper and more powerful vintage of Alión. The nose improved...
Purchase 6 or more and pay 65 sgd per bottle. Wine Advocate 96 points. Following the appreciation of the 2007 vintage from María José López de Heredia, the red 2007 Viña Tondonia Reserva is showing great, revealing unusual finesse and elegance. The nose is a little reticent but nuanced and complex, a little shy rather than explosive. The palate is medium-bodied, and the tannins are very refined. This has to be one of the finest vintages of Viña Tondonia Reserva of recent years. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2015. LG 2019.
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