Senorio de San Vicente Rioja 2004

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Senorio de San Vicente Rioja 2004

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain ($49.99) “Slightly tighter and more complex than previous years, this single-vineyard wine delivers a ton of spice and herbs on a masculine bouquet and palate. Well-blended acids and tannins allow for it to be drunk now or over the next five to eight years.” Wine Enthusiast ~ 93 Points  “Refined and balanced, this elegant red delivers blackberry, espresso, tobacco and spice flavors in a dark but alluring package. Has intensity without heaviness, with a long, perfumed finish. Drink now through 2015.” Wine Spectator ~ 92 Points  “The 2004 San Vicente is 100% Tempranillo Peludo sourced from a single vineyard and aged for 20 months in new French and American oak. Deep crimson-colored, it offers an enticing bouquet of pain grille, pencil lead, black cherry, and black raspberry. This leads to an elegant Rioja with excellent balance, intense flavors, and 5-7 years of aging potential. It should be at its best between 2015 and 2025.” Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate ~ 91 Points  “Dark ruby. Intensely floral aromas of deep cherry and dark berries, violet and dried rose. Smooth in texture and sweet, with lush red fruit flavors, medium weight and no obvious tannins. Gains brightness on the finish, which offers impressive tangy persistence.” Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar ~ 91 Points  ...

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Bodegas Muga 2005 Rioja Reserva Seleccion Especial

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Bodegas Muga  2005 Rioja Reserva Seleccion Especial

93 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2005 Muga Reserva Seleccion Especial is the identical cepage but sourced from older vineyards and aged longer in barrel. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up an alluring perfume of sandalwood, pencil lead, incense, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry. Dense, rich, structured, and savory, on the palate spice notes and terroir aromas make an appearance leading to a pure, 45-second finish. It will offer a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2035. ” – Jay Miller (April 2010) 93 Points – Wine Spectator Magazine: “Balanced and elegant, this lovely red exhibits fresh black fruit flavors that are supported by ripe tannins and lively acidity, with notes of mineral, licorice and tar adding complexity. This isn’t a blockbuster, but it’s complete. Drink now through 2015. 2,000 cases imported.” –TM (Jun 15, 2010) 93 Points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar “Bright ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of cherry cola and black raspberry, with notes of coconut and baking spices that gain power with air. A fleshy, smooth texture combines with deep dark fruit flavors that show a surprisingly light touch. Packs a solid touch but comes off almost weightless, finishing with excellent clarity and sweet persistence. This drinks very well now but will age on its balance.” – Josh Raynolds (Nov/Dec 10)...

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Garnacha de Fuego 2011

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Garnacha de Fuego 2011

Fuego it’s On Fire and Better Than Ever @ $8.99 “The 2011 Garnacha de Fuego, a 100% Grenache cuvee, was aged in both stainless steel and neutral French oak. This amazing wine boasts a dark ruby/purple color along with a sweet kiss of jammy black cherries intertwined with crushed rock notes that give the wine an undeniable minerality. As it hits the palate, a full-bodied, voluptuous texture takes hold and the flavor profile moves towards blacker fruits (ripe raspberries and black currants) intermixed with camphor and forest floor. This full-bodied, rich, glycerin-filled effort should drink well for 4-5 years, perhaps...

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Roger Goulart Cava Brut Reserva

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Roger Goulart Cava Brut Reserva

Made yearly with the finest selection of grapes common to the Penedes appellation. Without a doubt its most outstanding quality is the excellent balance of acidity and body which gives this vintage cava a distinctive personality. In the glass it shines a bright, golden color. This mature cava offers a smooth, dry, and well balanced...

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Rosum Toro 2008

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Rosum Toro 2008

89 points Robert Parker: “Rejadorada’s unoaked 2008 Rosum is 85% Tinta de Toro and 15% Garnacha Centenaria (over 100 years of age) with an alluring bouquet of spice box, licorice, espresso, and blackberry that jumps from the glass. On the palate it is ripe, succulent, concentrated, and pleasure-bent. This excellent value will drink nicely over the next 6...

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Lan Reserva 2004

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Lan Reserva 2004

90 points, a “Smart Buys” designation and #52 on the “Top 100 of 2008” from Wine Spectator: “A silky texture carries expressive flavors of black plum, violet, licorice and smoke in this focused, balanced red. Has good intensity yet remains vibrant and accessible. Drink now through 2012.” The raw materials that went into this wine were incredible, so it’s not surprising that it shows the same spicy aromatics and hints of licorice as the 2001. Black fruit and black pepper and sweet oiled leather fill the mid-palate and carry over to the finish. Supple tannins and good acid, this is an easy-drinking beauty that’s an amazing value,...

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Flaco 2010

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Flaco 2010

An easy drinking tempranillo wine that is not so simple! Bursting with lucious bush-ripened berry fruit, soft and enjoyable on the palate. 100% stainless steel and cement fermentation preserves the youthful fresh fruit profile. Not many people know that the outskirts of Madrid are full of old Tempranillo vines. the region’s subsoil of hard granite contributes to the resulting wine’s structure. And the DO’s relative obscurity keeps the prices...

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