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Bodegas Castano Solanera 2015 (WA 92)

Bodegas Castano Solanera 2015 (WA 92)

SG$42.00
SG$42.00

Buy 6 or more and pay 39sgd/bottle. WA 92. The 2015 Solanera used to wear the ultimate Spanglish label, which said "Viñas Viejas of Monastrell" even if it was always a blend (in this vintage, the blend includes 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Garnacha Tintorera). The revamped 2015 has a completely different label that only keeps the "viñas viejas" moniker. In this wine... they used part of full clusters and sourced the grapes from Casa Marta, a nine-hectare, head-pruned, dry-farmed plot on very stony soils in the north of Yecla at the foot of the Mount Arabí. It fermented in concrete vats and open-top barrels and matured in barrique, each...

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Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill 2015

Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill 2015

SG$39.00
SG$39.00

Tarima Hill 2015 is produced in a very good vintage in which Rafael Cañizares has been able to extract the full potential of the Monastrell variety. It is a full-bodied wine, with a lot of concentration and great balance between fruit and wood. Tarima Hill is a delight for people looking for wines that are very muscular.

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Casa Castillo Monastrel 2016 (WA 91+)

Casa Castillo Monastrel 2016 (WA 91+)

SG$35.00
SG$35.00

WA 91+. The first wine in the range is the 2016 Monastrell, which in reality contains some 8% combination of Garnacha and Syrah, cropped from a more continental, cooler and dry vintage. Like all the wines from the property, it fermented with indigenous yeasts, in this case with grapes from different plots, and matured in used oak barrels for eight to nine months. Juicy, primary, incredibly fresh and with a vertical palate, longer than wider, like a hypothetical blend of 2013 and 2015, cool but dry. This is always a great value, even more so in 2016. 160,000 bottles produced from a single blend that is bottled throughout the year. LG Dec 2017.

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Celler del Roure "Les Alcusses" 2014 (WA 92)

Celler del Roure "Les Alcusses" 2014 (WA 92)

SG$38.00
SG$38.00

WA 92. The 2014 Les Alcusses has always been a blend of local and French varieties aged in oak barrels; this year the blend is approximately 30% Monastrell, 20% Garnacha Tintorera, 15% each Petit Verdot and Syrah, and 10% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot fermented destemmed with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel and aged in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels for eight months. I also noticed a strong balsamic strike here, full of aromatic herbs, thyme, rosemary and a touch of esparto grass and tree bark. The oak is very nicely integrated, with contained ripeness (they aren't replacing as many barriques, and in 2017, they bought some...

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Celler del Roure "Safra" 2016 (WA 92+)

Celler del Roure "Safra" 2016 (WA 92+)

SG$38.00
SG$38.00

WA 92+. Only in its second vintage, the 2016 Safrà is already a reference for the winery—it's more vibrant and livelier than Parotet but produced with the same grape, Mandó, which is complemented here with 10% each Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrell. It fermented in stainless steel and stone lagars with 30% full clusters and indigenous yeasts. Malolactic was in amphorae, where the wine matured for some six months. It has plenty of aromatic herbs, balsamic; in a way, it reminded me of a vermouth. At the end of the day, 2016 was a short vintage—the grapes ripened earlier, so they harvested them pretty early, keeping the freshness. The...

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CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2015

CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2015

SG$32.00
SG$32.00

Cune Crianza is a red wine from the D.O La Rioja produced by Cune, the starting winery of the Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España. This wine is a blend of Tempranillo (80%), Mazuela (10%) and Grenache (10%). The grapes used for Cune Crianza originate from vines owned by the winery and also other estates found in the La Rioja Alta of high quality.

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Envinate "Albahra" Garnacha Moravia 2017

Envinate "Albahra" Garnacha Moravia 2017

SG$42.00
SG$42.00

Buy 6 or more and pay $39 per bottle. The Garnacha Tintorera comes from 25-year-old vines on limestone and clay soils at 800 meters altitude, and the Moravia Agria (which represents 30% of the volume) comes from 40-year-old vines on limestone, sand and clay soils at 710 meters altitude. The Garnacha is kept unoaked, but the Moravia is put in neutral barriques for eight months. Richly perfumed, full bodied, brash and long. A real treat.

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Finca Villacreces 2014 (WA 92)

Finca Villacreces 2014 (WA 92)

SG$59.00
SG$59.00

WA 92. The very toasty eponymous 2014 Finca Villacreces follows the line of the 2012 I tasted last time. It's a blend of Tempranillo with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Merlot from their estate vineyards in the village of Quintanilla de Onésimo. The vines are organically-farmed and the wines matured in French oak barrels for 14 months, where 50% of the barrels were new and the other half were second-use. It's a powerful, ripe and generously-oaked Ribera del Duero, with clout and concentration, but with good balance. The tannins are fine-grained and there is good freshness. It should develop nicely in bottle. 41,000 bottles produced. LG Apr...

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La Planella 2016 (WA 92)

La Planella 2016 (WA 92)

SG$39.00
SG$39.00

WA 92. La Planella is a red wine from Montsant produced by the Joan d'Anguera winery. This winery, founded in 1820, owns 31 hectares of vineyards in the southwest area of Montsant. La Planella is made from the Cariñena and Syrah. "La Planella 2016 is a tasty, intense and easy to drink red wine. In this vintage, the wine shows more freshness than in the previous one. On the nose, the aromas of fresh red fruit stand out, with spicy notes. In the mouth, it is balanced, easy to drink and with a certain volume." WA 92.

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Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Reserva 2005 (WA 94)

Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Reserva 2005 (WA 94)

SG$59.00
SG$59.00

WA 94. A worthy follow up to the 2004 is the 2005 Viña Bosconia Reserva, a wine that they consider the most rustic and powerful in the winery, but that I find as elegant and subtle as it gets. This feels very much in line with the 2004, maybe a notch above even, a lower yielding year. The nose is somehow closed and feels young with the elegant rusticity lurking from the bottom of the glass, clean and precise. The tannins are velvety and there is great acidity--a constant here. The wine is terribly elegant. I simply loved this wine. 99,000 bottles were filled in June 2011. Lopez de Heredia has a problem many wineries would like to have; they...

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Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza 2009 (WA 92)

Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza 2009 (WA 92)

SG$42.00
SG$42.00

~ Buy Six and Pay $39 net ~ WA 92. The red they say was born to go with tapas and sold in local restaurants is the 2009 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza. 2009 was a warm and ripe year, and this blend of Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha (or the masculine Garnacho they like to use) plus 5% each Graciano and Mazuelo from limestone soils with quite a lot of clay, feels juicy and soft. It fermented with natural yeasts in large oak vats and matured in used barriques for three years. This is a bottling that has grown and improved a lot since 2004-2005. It shows very good balance between fruit and more developed aromas, with hints of leather and cherries,...

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Martinez Lacuesta Crianza 1982

Martinez Lacuesta Crianza 1982

SG$60.00
SG$60.00

At the end of the 19th century Bodegas Martínez Lacuesta was already stating Rioja to be the origin of their wines on price lists. The Denomination was not made official until 1926, in no small part thanks to the bodega's founder, Félix Martínez Lacuesta. It's a story which illustrates our spirit of both tradition and innovation, of being Rioja winemakers even before Rioja existed as such.

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Mengoba Mencia 2015 (WA 93)

Mengoba Mencia 2015 (WA 93)

SG$49.00
SG$49.00

WA 93. The 2015 Mencía de Espanillo is, as in the previous vintage, a blend with some 15% Garnacha Tintorera (and a pinch of white Godello), sourced from ancient vineyards planted on slate soils at 700 meters altitude in the village of Espanillo. It fermented with part of full clusters in a 5,000-liter oak vat and transferred to a 2,500-liter foudre for malolactic fermentation and 11 months élevage. It's a serious Bierzo, a little closed at first, slowly developing some earthy aromas and notes of ripe fruit following the character of the year but still within the elegant and balanced style that is its hallmark. The tannins and texture show...

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Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2004 (WA 94)

Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2004 (WA 94)

SG$110.00
SG$110.00

WA 94. The 2004 Prado Enea Gran Reserva is not quite as dense as the 2005 but is more expressive on the nose and rounder on the palate. It is a complete effort that should prove to be one of the best Prado Eneas Muga has produced. JM Oct 2010.

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Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2009 (WA 96)

Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2009 (WA 96)

SG$105.00
SG$105.00

WA 96. The most classic cuvée was not produced in 2007 or 2008, so we jumped to the phenomenal 2009 Prado Enea. It was produced with grapes from cooler vineyards that enjoyed 20 extra days of slow ripening compared with warmer zones, which provided them with perfect ripeness and deep flavors. This blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and the remaining 10% between Mazuelo and Graciano had an extended élevage, in this case no less than three years (alternating newer and older barrels). This is still a baby and I know Winemaker Jorge Muga would like to keep it in bottle for longer before selling it, but the commercial pressure is...

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Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2009 1.5L Magnum (WA 96)

Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2009 1.5L Magnum (WA 96)

SG$210.00
SG$210.00

WA 96. The most classic cuvée was not produced in 2007 or 2008, so we jumped to the phenomenal 2009 Prado Enea. It was produced with grapes from cooler vineyards that enjoyed 20 extra days of slow ripening compared with warmer zones, which provided them with perfect ripeness and deep flavors. This blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and the remaining 10% between Mazuelo and Graciano had an extended élevage, in this case no less than three years (alternating newer and older barrels). This is still a baby and I know Winemaker Jorge Muga would like to keep it in bottle for longer before selling it, but the commercial pressure is...

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Palacios Remondo La Montesa 2014 (WA 92)

Palacios Remondo La Montesa 2014 (WA 92)

SG$42.00
SG$42.00

WA 92. I tasted from two different bottles of the 2014 La Montesa Crianza, one that had been decanted for 18 hours and one that was popped and poured. The wine had opened up, but showed no signs of fatigue or oxidation. The just-opened bottle felt a little more compact, serious and a little backward. It had only been in bottle for less than two months when I tasted it and it didn't feel dizzy at all. The amount of Garnacha is growing in most of the wines and here, it's already 85%, with the balance provided by Tempranillo; in 2015 ,the proportion is even higher at 92% and 8%. It fermented in stainless steel vats with natural yeasts,...

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Pesquera Tinto Crianza (Ribero del Duero) 2014

Pesquera Tinto Crianza (Ribero del Duero) 2014

SG$55.00
SG$55.00

Buy 6 or more and pay 49sgd. Tasting Notes: Cherry red colour with violet edges. High aromatic intensity. Clean and appetising aromas of ripe red fruit over delicate toasted and expressive spiced hints and refreshing balsamic touches. Elegant, tasty and fresh wine. Long and silky mid-palate, full of fruit mixed with roasted nuances. Excellent acidity and kind, tamed and juicy tannins. Very pleasant and long finish with a great persistence. Pesquera Crianza is a classic red wine from the D.O Ribera del Duero region and is produced by Tinto Pesquera, a winery that belongs the Pesquera group. The area is home to a mediterranean climate with...

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Pujanza "Hado" 2014 (WA 91)

Pujanza "Hado" 2014 (WA 91)

SG$39.00
SG$39.00

WA 91. The 2014 Hado wants to showcase the freshness and typicity of Tempranillo in the zone of Laguardia in Rioja, where Pujanza's vineyards are located. 2014 was an early and warm vintage, and the grapes comes from a diversity of plots in Laguardia. The wine is fermented (malolactic included) in stainless steel vats and matured in French oak barrels for one year. This year he used a lot of grapes from the Valdepoleo vineyard (he doesn't buy grapes, but he doesn't want to sell them, either), so the wine has more character. It's usually a more straightforward wine and it has more freshness, from a clay-rich vineyard; but here, the aromas are...

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Remelluri Reserva 2010 (WA 93)

Remelluri Reserva 2010 (WA 93)

SG$49.00
SG$49.00

WA 93 A blend of the reds Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and the whites Viura and Malvasía Riojana, it fermented with indigenous yeasts in a combination of stainless steel and oak vats then matured in French oak barrels for 17 months. The nose has earthy aromas and notes of ripe orange peel giving old-style character to the wine marked by very well-integrated oak and an obvious Rioja character. There are cherries, plums and spices with licorice and ink aromas. The day after, it has more strawberries with very good freshness, so the evolution in bottle should be good. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and good acidity that...

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Ultreia Saint Jacques 2016

Ultreia Saint Jacques 2016

SG$39.00
SG$39.00

Ultreia St Jacques is the entry-level red for the Ultreia range and is amazingly good for the price. Produced from old vines, this is a serious wine, with juicy fruit, a fine palate and good freshness for the conditions of the year. They have included new vineyards that they have been working for the last four or five years, so they are able to bottle a little bit more wine. This is a great value. Grape variety :Mencia.

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Valdehermoso Crianza Ribera del Duero 2014

Valdehermoso Crianza Ribera del Duero 2014

SG$39.00
SG$39.00

Valdehermoso Crianza is a red wine from the Ribera del Duero region. It is produced by the Valderiz Winery and it made by using only Tinta del País grapes (Tempranillo). The grapes used to make this wine come from several vineyards located near the town of Roa. These vineyards cover over 70 hectares, divided into 35 plots, all covering different soil types. The winery follows ecological methods when winemaking, with no herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers being used. The local climate is mediterranean, with little rainfall and hot, dry summers. After they have been harvested, the grapes are quickly taken to the winery in order to preserve...

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Valquejigoso "V2" 2007

Valquejigoso "V2" 2007

SG$75.00
SG$75.00

Among the 69 different plots of red varieties found in the Valquejigoso vineyard, the best plots are selected each year for the final blend of the V2. Located 45 kilometers south of Madrid, it borders on the La Mancha region. Each vintage, the varieties and their proportion used in the final V2 blend vary depending on the weather of the vintage and how each grape variety reacts in the vineyard. Only those varieties reaching a perfect ripeness are included in the final V2 blend, thus showing the utmost mineral expression of the soil and keeping the utmost expression of each specific plot where they come from. However, part of the blend, based...

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Venus La Universal Dido 2016 (WA 93)

Venus La Universal Dido 2016 (WA 93)

SG$42.00
SG$42.00

WA 93. The red 2016 Dido has the ripeness and depth of the 2015 but with extra freshness that makes it go an extra mile in length. It has the complex mix of grapes, mostly Garnacha with Syrah and perhaps 10% of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and the different soils, as it comes from different vineyards in different parts of the appellation. Some 60,000 bottles produced. LG Apr 2018.

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Vina Mayor Tinto Roble Ribera del Deuro 2016

Vina Mayor Tinto Roble Ribera del Deuro 2016

SG$35.00
SG$35.00

Viña Mayor Tinto Roble is a red wine from Ribera del Duero, a single-variety Tempranillo, produced by theViña Mayor winery. The grape is harvested manually and transported to the winery in 300 kilo boxes. After carrying out a gentle de-stemming process, the harvested grape is left to ferment in stainless steel tanks at a constant temperature and undergo frequent pumping over. Viña Mayor Tinto Roble rests in American oak barrels before being bottled. Viña Mayor Tinto Roble 2016 is a soft, pleasant and medium bodied red wine. This vintage stands out for its pronounced nose of very ripe red fruit with light toasted notes. In the mouth it is...

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Vina Tondonia Reserva 2005 (WA 93)

Vina Tondonia Reserva 2005 (WA 93)

SG$65.00
SG$65.00

WA 93. The 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from their vineyards in the meander of the Ebro River, where they have some 100 hectares of vineyards. The wine fermented in the original oak vats that are now some 140 years of age. There is no temperature control and malolactic was also in the vat. The wine was transferred to oak barrels where it slowly matured in their deep, humid caves for no less than six years. After this, it was bottled unfiltered after being fined with egg whites. I think the quality gap between the Reserva and Gran Reserva has been getting smaller since the...

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