This powerful wine comes from a small 105 year old vineyard in the Rioja Alta. 100% Tempranillo aged for 12 months in French and American oak. These precious old vines produce something truly exceptional. Intense dark cherry in colour. Great aromatic complexity with notes of vanilla, chocolate, coconut and brown spice. Full bodied and robust palate with hints of roasted coffee.
Decanter Magazine Gold Medal. Very dark, intense cherry in colour, clean and clear. Of great aromatic complexity, it offers appealing aromas that blend the fruit-bearing bottom of the varietal Tempranillo backed by oaky vanilla and an appetizing whiff of toffee. On the palate, it is long, with an extraordinary finish and a perfect balance between the tannin of the casks and a notable fruit-bearing load. 100% Tempranillo from 40 year old vines. 12 months maturation in French and American oak. #22
Cherry colour with a touch of brick-red glints. Pure with a strong presence of Tempranillo aromas, liquorice and red fruits in perfect balance with a touch of oak, vanilla and cinnamon. Medium bodied with fresh acidity and soft, integrated tannins. Excellent, lingering aftertaste with balsamic notes. 100% Tempranillo from 40 year old vines. 18 months maturation in French and American oak. #22
James Suckling 92 points. The grapes of this red wine come from the high lands of the region of Penedès and from the selection of extremely old and organically-grown vines of Grenache, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine can be tasted currently, but it will surely evolve positively for the next 5 years. #22
Wine Advocate 92 points. The pure Syrah 2016 Malpaso comes from vines in Méntrida, not really part of the Gredos Mountains, and not Garnacha either... I don't know why, but they always have a very expressive Syrah that reminds me of wines from the Rhône, I don't know if it's the place, the strain planted, the way they make it or a combination of everything. It's balsamic and smoky with a herbal twist, open and expressive. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and good balance. It shows a little more freshness than the 2015 and is consistent with the character of the year. LG Dec 2018.
Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge, Paris 2019. Gold Medal, Mundus Vini 2019. Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Tempranillo 15% from 35 year old vines. Aging is done in oak barriques for around 36 months, giving a fine structure and complex aromas. Later, the wine is aged in bottle for 5 years giving a unique bouquet. Needs time to open in the glass, complex aromas of liquorice, leather and spices, high intensity. On the palate is well balanced, powerful and delicate, extraordinary quality and fresh afterpalate.
Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Tempranillo 15% from 35 year old vines. Aging is done in oak barriques for 36 months, giving a fine structure and complex aromas. Later, the wine is aged in bottle for minimum 8 years giving a unique bouquet. Needs time to open in the glass, complex aromas of liquorice, leather and spices, high intensity. On the palate it is well balanced, powerful and delicate, extraordinary quality and fresh afterpalate.
DO NAVARRA 2019, Best Red Crianza. DO NAVARRA 2018, Best Red Crianza. Description: This is the original Navarra Blend of Tempranillo with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged as a crianza for 12 months in oak barriques. Bright ruby color, it is well balanced with an elegant palate. Intense aromas of species, leather, eucalyptus and ripen fruit. Grape: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Tempranillo y 20% Merlot Vineyard: Monjardin Valley, 31 years old Terroir: Calcareous Altitude: 475 m. Aging: 12 months in barrique Alcohol: 14% #22
Wine Enthusiast 94 points ...."possibly the best Merlot in Spain." Trophy, DO NAVARRA, Best Red. Gold 2018, Mondial of Bruxelles. Premium old vine fruit, matured in 100% new French oak. An absolutely delicious wine at a price which defies credulity. This one is a gem. Description: Our vineyard “Deyo” is named after the old Castle of Monjardin, it grows extraordinary Merlot. Aged for 14 months in new French Barriques. It has a deep ruby color and intense aroma of fruits. It is rounded, well structured with flavors of liquorices and cocoa. Grape: 100% Merlot Vineyard: Deyo, 31 years old Terroir: Clay Altitude: 575 m. Aging: 14 months in...
Wine Spectator 90 points. Description: From our vineyard “La Cantera”, 75 years old, we keep growing excellent Garnacha grapes, delicate and with high concentration. Aged during 6 months in barriques, maintains its uniqueness while gives some structure and aromas of cacao. Ruby in color, it has flavors of ripe red berries, well balanced and smooth palate. Grape: 100% Garnacha Vineyard: La Cantera, 75 years old Terroir: Stones Altitude: 500 m. Aging: 6 months in barrique Alcohol: 13,5% #22
Gold Medal 2019, Bacchus Wine awards. Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge, Paris 2019. Description: Red Wine made form our estate family vineyards in the Ribera Alta de Navarra. Aged for 6 months in oak barriques. It is a great wine, very balanced on the palate with elegant bouquet. Grape: Tempranillo and Garnacha. Vineyard: Ribera Alta, 26 years Terroir: Calcareous Altitude: 500 m. Aging: 6 months oak barriques Alcohol: 13,5% #22
Top Gold Medal, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, 2019. Gold Medal, Bacchus Wine Competition Spain, 2019. Made using methode champenoise from chardonnay and grenache grapes, this sparkling pinkster is a giant killer. Super impressive wine that got everyone's attention when it took out the Top Gold in the sparkling wine category in the Concours Mondial.
Descriptión: Selectión of Tempranillo from our highest vineyards in the foothills of Monjardin Mountain. Aged for 12 months in oak. Color ruby. Very balsamic with notes of chocolate. It is a powerfull wine, rounded on the palate with fresh finish. Grape: 100% Tempranillo Vineyard: Los Altos de Monjardin, 31 years Terroir: Clay Altitude: 675 m. Aging: 12 months in oak Alcohol: 14% #22
Description: Tempranillo slowly fermented with a brief skin maceration and aged for 4 months in oak barriques, makes our Monjardin Clasico. It is bright, well-knit and elegant, with a distinct display of terroir. It has lively flavors and firm structure; it is very expressive with aromas of red fruit. Grape: 100% Tempranillo Vineyard: Las Cañas, 25 years old Terroir: Calcareous Altitude: 450 m. Aging: 4 months in barrique Alcohol: 13,5% #22
Wine Advocate 97 points. The pure Cariñena 2018 Manyetes is now a Vi de Paratge, not only a village wine as in the past, in the new classification of the Priorat wines. 2018 was a cooler and wetter year, quite a contrast after the warm and dry 2017, and the wine has very good acidity. The vineyard is farmed organically (certified), the grapes have a slow fermentation with long macerations, and the wine matured in 50/50 barriques and foudres for 18 months. The wine is not as concentrated as it has been in some warmer years; it's definitely fresher, following in the line of the 2016, the wine with more marked minerality, black stones,...
ORDERING MORE SO PLEASE EMAIL ROBERT@WINEEXCHANGEASIA.COM TO SECURE ALLOCATION. Wine Advocate 93 points. It might seem unusual for one of the most iconic houses in Rioja to bottle a 100% Garnacha, but if you've some some of the best old Garnacha vines in the region, why not? And, if you're going do it properly, why not bring in a specialist from Spain's home of Garnacha, Navarra? Enter, Jorge Navascues. This is a vibrant, elegant, expressive red which is worth closer inspection. Contino Garnacha is a red wine from the D.O. La Rioja produced by the Contino winery. The grape harvest is carried out manually as soon as the bunches are at the...
Tim Atkin MW 94 points. Contino Graciano is a single-variety Graciano red wine produced by the Bodega Viñedos del Contino in the D.O.Ca. Rioja. Bodegas Viñedos del Contino started out in Laguardia in 1973, although the estate dates back to the 16th century. It is considered to have been the first to use the Bordeaux “Château” style in La Rioja, an idea driven by the CVNE centennial winery. Viñedos del Contino has 62 hectares of sandy-calcareous and clayey-calcareous soils with boulders and influenced by an Atlantic-Mediterranean climate. A “contino” is the name for a member of an honorary guard made up of 100 “men of arms”...
James Suckling 94 points. 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...
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.
James Suckling 95 points..."a very strong and muscular red with very toned tannins that frame the blue fruit and wet earth. Subtle and cool. Structured and chewy. Shows power. Needs three to four years to soften." Contino Viña del Olivo is a red wine made by Bodega Contino. To make their wines stand out, and to pay tribute to a old olive tree found in the surroundings of the vineyards, they created Viña del Olivo, a modern but refined wine. This wine is made with Tempranillo (88%) and Graciano (12%) grapes, vigorously selected. The grapes selected are at their optimum ripening point and are picked by hand from the winery's vineyards...
100% tempranillo from 30 year old vines in the Ribera del Duero region at an altitude of some 800 meters, on clay-calcareous soils. The preparation is traditional in stainless steel tanks with a cold pre-maceration. When the fermentation is complete, it is aged for 5 months in 2 year old used French oak barrels. Rich and intense. Always great value. #22
James Suckling 93 points. A Rioja with plum, blackberry, black truffle and hints of chocolate. Some walnut, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold. Wine Advocate 91 points. The popular red 2017 Viña Real Crianza is a gastronomical blend produced with grapes from Rioja Alavesa: 90% Tempranillo and the rest Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano fermented in stainless steel and matured in oak barrels for 13 to 14 months, during which time it was racked every five to six months. The first thing that is going to catch your attention is the new label, which takes things from the past but put in a...
Wine Advocate 94 points. The iconic Rioja Alavesa red 2014 Viña Real Gran Reserva was produced with grapes from their own vineyards in the villages of Laguardia and Labastida, mostly Tempranillo with 5% Graciano fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in new and second use barriques for 24 months. As with the Imperial Gran Reserva, I found great balance and elegance here, transcending the character of the year. It's a little shy and takes time to show aromas of fine spices, decayed leaves, wild berries and flowers. It's full and round, faithful to its style, juicy and rich even in more austere years. It's tasty and...
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.
James Suckling 91 points. Rich, full and fruity modern Rioja. Too easy. Edulis Crianza is a red wine from the Rioja developed by the Altanza winery. This winery, founded in 1998, is located in the town of Fuenmayor (Rioja Alta). Edulis Crianza is made from 100% Tempranillo. The grapes come from vineyards planted at an altitude of between 380 and 500m on clay-calcareous soils and ferrous clay. For maintenance and cultivation of vineyards, non-chemical herbicides or pesticides are used. Edulis Crianza development is carried out using a conventional winemaking. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled...
Wine Advocate 91 points. I was quite impressed by the harmony of the 2017 Finca San Martín, which shows remarkable integration of all its components, good ripeness without any excess and integrated oak (it matured in 60% new American and 40% second use French barriques for 16 months with three rackings) with fine tannins and a clean and precise finish. Great quality for the price. LG Oct 2020. Finca San Martín is a red wine from the Rioja region. It is produced by the Torre de Oña winery and it made using only Tempranillo grapes, the trademark grape of the region. The grapes used to make this wine come from vineyards situated around the...
WA 91+ The entry-level here is the 2018 Pruno, which follows the line of the 2016. It's mostly Tempranillo with 9% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented for three weeks and matured in French barrels for 11 months. It's clean and quite fruit-driven, approachable and juicy, with integrated oak. Very pleasant, with very good freshness. LG Dec 2019. Finca Villacreces has as its neighbour none less than Vega Sicilia. The total area of 60 hectares of vineyard was in the past half used by Peter Sisseck in his assembly of the Flor de Pingus. This Pruno is therefore an incredible wine for its price. #22
Wine Advocate 93 points. The 2015 Lindes de Remelluri Viñedos de Labastida was produced with Tempranillo and Garnacha purchased from growers from that village and was cropped from a healthy and homogeneous year. There is a ripe note on the nose, and the palate has some dusty tannins that call for food. LG Jun 2019. DO Rioja.
Wine Advocate 93 points. The profile of the 2008 Viña Bosconia Reserva is a lot less ripe than the 2009, and there are some herbal undertones; it's more reserved and austere, still undeveloped after five years in barrel and at least that much time in bottle. It's a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho and the rest Graciano and Mazuelo that matured in used American oak barrels for five years. It reveals a medium body and some dusty tannins. It's quite the opposite from the 2009, and I think a hypothetical blend of the two would be better than each. It's a cold and austere vintage of Bosconia. 75,000 bottles produced. It was bottled...
Wine Advocate 93 points. I was quite impressed by the 2012 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza, a classical Rioja that is nicely crafted, with less aging in barrel than the rest of reds and therefore with more fruit character and less López de Heredia signature. This was born as a red for tapas, a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho and 5% each Graciano and Mazuelo with 13.5% alcohol. It matured in well-seasoned American oak barrels for three years. It has ripe fruit (black rather than red) without excess and a pinch of spices and a twist of oak. 94,500 bottles produced. There are seven lots of this. I tasted a bottled that was filled in May...
92pts Wine Spectator A velvety texture conceals depth and structure in this balanced red. Plum, cocoa, loamy earth and mineral notes mingle over well-integrated tannins. Balsamic acidity keeps this lively. Drink now through 2027. Winemaker Notes The elegance Losada has brought to the new Bierzo in a very easy-drinking style. From managed vineyards on more gentle slopes in which clay soils predominate, is aged nine months in French oak and expresses the more tender and juicy side of the Mencía variety. Mencía (“Men-thee-ah”) is a medium-bodied red wine grape that produces high quality wines with floral and red fruit flavors. If you’ve...
James Suckling 96 points. "Astonishing fragrance for a Toro red, married to a huge body and a massive tannin structure in a way that’s without comparison in Spain and the world. Very long, plush finish that gets more and more delicate as it extends in the direction of the horizon. Drink or hold. This should have decades ahead of it." JS. Numanthia is the most emblematic wine from Bodega Numanthia, and is considered as one of the great wines from D.O. Toro. Numanthia gets its name from Numancia, a city famous of the resistance of an epic attack from the Roman army. The citizens defenced the city until the end, choosing death rather than...
Wine Advocate 92 points. The 2019 Pago de Valdoneje is the benchmark for unoaked Mencía from the slopes of Valtuille, and more often than not, this is the go-to red for most local vignerons when asking for a glass of wine in a bar. It's a juicy, aromatic and very pleasant and easy-to-drink young wine with enough complexity and depth to also deal with a wide range of foods, which makes it very versatile. It's lively and smooth, balanced and polished with good freshness and a balanced mouthfeel. 70,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2020. LG Jul 2020. Mencía (“Men-thee-ah”) is a medium-bodied red wine grape that produces high...
Wine Advocate 91 points. As with many reds from 2017, I was pleasantly surprised by the 2017 Hado, which Carlos San Pedro told me could be a modern version of the 2005 (and 2016, perhaps 2007). It has good ripeness, black rather than red fruit and spicy oak. The palate is still a bit tannic, but this wine will not be released until October 2019, so it will have some time to polish those tannins in bottle. LG June 2019. #22
~ Buy Six and Pay $39 net ~ Classification:DOCa Rioja Vineyards:5th Generation (40 years old) Varietal:100% Tempranillo Aeging:21-36 Months(French and American) Matured in the cool and undisturbed depths of our 200 years-old underground cellar. Intense red color with garnet tones, well covered. Spicy aromas, with ripe fruit, subtle notes of toasted oak. Very well-balanced on the mouth, expressive,silky, rounded with a very long, complex and persistent finish. Mundus Vini: Gold Catavinum: Gold International Wine Awards: Gold
James Suckling 92 points. Perfumed plum and raspberry aromas with a touch of earth and leather. Medium bodied with wild berry flavours, smooth, chalky tannins and a fresh finish. Organic. Valencia DO. Rafael Cambra Soplo is a red wine produced by Rafael Cambra in Fonatanars dels Alforins, D.O. Valencia. Rafael Cambra is a small producer located in the inland area of Valencia. His vineyards are situated in Serra de l'Ombria, on clayey-calcareous soils at 750 meters above sea level, with the influence of the Mediterranean climate. Rafael Cambra's philosophy is to work in the vineyard in an organic way, and with maximum respect for the...
James Suckling 92 points. This wine is a varietal Tempranillo (100%) from vineyards in La Rioja Alavesa, in Labastida. Altos Ibéricos Crianza is aged for 12 months in American and French oak barrels before spending 6 months in the bottle. Ibericos takes its name from the Iberian Peninsula, a land of lonely oaks and ancient vineyards.Opaque cherry red color. Floral (Damascus rose) and fruit (strawberry, raspberry) aromas with spicy and smoky notes imparted by oak aging. Velvety, smooth, with fine, juicy tannins. #22
WA 92+. All the guest winemakers that take part in the Lecciones de Vuelo joint venture with Viña Zorzal are offered to produce their interpretation of the paraje Corral de los Altos in Fitero. The 2018 Corral de los Altos is Zorzal's own interpretation of a 45-year-old plot of 2.1 hectares of Garnacha planted on a north-facing stony part of the village. The grapes fermented in stainless steel with some 25% full clusters and indigenous yeasts and matured in seven used (second and third use) 500-liter oak barrels. This has contained ripeness and a medium to full-bodied palate with the classical chalky tannins and texture from the...
Wine Advocate 91 points. The entry-level red simply called 2019 Garnacha is what they define as their regional bottling, using grapes from the villages of de Corella, Cintruénigo and Fitero, produced in an approachable and easy-to-understand way. It had a gentle vinification, starting with grapes of moderate ripeness with a good pH, fermented with indigenous yeasts and using 20% full clusters. The difference in vintage is noticeable when tasted with a majority of 2018s; this is a clearly riper and more open vintage, with a more Mediterranean character, with sweet fruit and aromatic herbs. It reminds me of some of my favorite old-time...
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