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Martinez Lacuesta Blanco Rioja 2012 Product #27182 (In Stock)
Martinez Lacuesta Blanco Rioja 2012 Martinez Lacuesta Blanco Rioja 2012

This is 100% Viura grown in selected sites across Rioja. The ripe grapes are pressed and the juice goes into all new barrels - a mixture of French and American oak and acacia - to ferment and rest for 3 months. After that, the wine moves into stainless steel to complete its maturation, retaining freshness and verve to go along with the light oak influence.

The 2012 is a lot like the 2011 but a tad richer and deeper. Give it a sniff, and you'll be rewarded with pretty springtime aromas of peach, pineapple, and almond blossom. Take a sip and you'll discover a round, creamy, textured wine that's bursting with zesty fruit and juicy acids. After you swallow, you'll notice the fresh flavors lingering nicely as a hint of honey and bitter almond emerge at the end. Almost too easy to drink by itself for refreshment and fun, you'll love how this enhances warm weather favorites like fresh fish, grilled mushrooms, or marinated chicken.

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Montebuena Rioja Cuvee KPF 2010 Product #27542 (In Stock)
Montebuena Rioja Cuvee KPF 2010 Montebuena Rioja Cuvee KPF 2010

A brilliant value in sophisticated, 100% Tempranillo Rioja, hand harvested and aged in traditional American Oak.  A bit shockingly for a wine at this price point, this is built to age 5-8 years but is delicious now with 30 minutes or so in decanter.

"Vivid ruby. Ripe cherry and blackcurrant on the nose and in the mouth. Pliant and seamless in texture, with good heft and back-end energy. Finishes smooth and sweet, with fine-grained tannins providing shape and grip. Still on the young side but this wine drinks very well with an hour or so of decanting; it's an excellent value for Rioja."International Wine Cellar 90 points

"Displays oodles of white chocolate, spicy oak, black cherry jam and strawberries in a fruit-forward, medium-bodied but luscious and authoritative style. This is a silky-textured, full-flavored wine to drink over the next several years." Wine Advocate 89 points

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Martinez Lacuesta Rose Rioja 2013 Product #28239 (In Stock)
Martinez Lacuesta Rose Rioja 2013 Martinez Lacuesta Rose Rioja 2013

Yet another winning vintages for this delicious, well-priced rosé. On the palate you will find pretty, sun-kissed red fruit aromas and flavors with a surprising streak of minerality, given its modest price point. The 2013 vintage brought a bit more richness to this favorite rosé, making it perfect with all kinds of warm-weather fare, from fresh entree salads to grilled poultry or even pork.  Stock up and drink this poolside or on your deck, terrace or boat all season long!

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Bodegas Laukote Rioja Tempranillo Ona 2011 Product #27980 (In Stock)
Bodegas Laukote Rioja Tempranillo Ona 2011 Bodegas Laukote Rioja Tempranillo Ona 2011

Start with "young" (20-30 years) Tempranillo vines growing naturally in rocky vineyards in Rioja Alavesa.  Hand harvest the grapes and place them in a tank - uncrushed and still on the stems - and then blanket them with CO2.  So far, you have the makings of Bodegas Laukote Tempranillo Tinto, a long-time favorite here.  But, once the fermentation starts, winemaker Norberto Miguel puts on a breathing mask and air tank...and jumps down into the grapes!  He steps gently to break grape skins and extract color without crushing seeds or breaking stems that might add bitter tannin.  Then, as fermentation continues, he gives the wine gentle pump-overs to get more color, richness and depth still.

If you enjoy the sold-out Tempranillo Tinto, you'll love Ona de Laukote, a darker, richer, and more deeply flavored version of Rioja Tempranillo. Black cherry, plum, and blackberry fruit get complexity from notes of fresh earth, smoke and spice - all from the soil, because there's no oak on this wine at all!  Juicy and soft enough to just sip, rich and deep enough to enjoy with a steak.  Delicious and great value.

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Joseph Puig Rioja Tinto 2011 Product #27596 (In Stock)
Joseph Puig Rioja Tinto 2011 Joseph Puig Rioja Tinto 2011

An exciting new project from Priorat's Joseph Puig, this line-up of wines made for him by friends from his 40+ years in the business delivers lovely wines at strikingly good prices.  His Rioja is 100% Tempranillo, ripened to perfection, and then aged in 400 liter new French oak barrels for just 4 months. The flavors and aromas here are textbook Tempranillo - sappy, savory, meaty and bursting with purple fruit and a hint of lavender.  The texture is very pure with snappy acids and fine-grained tannins.  Drink it cool as a solo refresher or let it warm up and gain some heft for a wide range of foods.  As Joseph told us, this is Rioja tamed by a Catalan!

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Ijalba Rioja Blanco 2012 Product #27745 (In Stock)
Ijalba Rioja Blanco 2012 Ijalba Rioja Blanco 2012

This new-to-us Rioja estate does things a little differently.  They were one of the first in the region to implement organic farming and are the only winery we know to make its white wine with Maturana Blanca (instead of Viura or Garnacha Blanca).  No oak here, just loads of pretty peach and apple fruit, a whiff of herb, and juicy citrus and peach juice finish.  The creamy texture and hint of nuttiness suggests Soave, and this would be excellent with freshwater fish and toasted nuts.

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Bodegas Laukote Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada 2009 Product #26360 (In Stock)
Bodegas Laukote Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada 2009 Bodegas Laukote Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada 2009

From 80+ year-old Tempranillo vines, hand-harvested, and crushed  by foot to extract plenty of color and flavor without getting harsh tannins from the stems or seeds.  After vinification the wines go into American and French oak barrels – in 2009, 4 new and 12 old (7 years).  The result is just about the perfect marriage between Rioja tradition and modern winemaking sensibility.  In 2009 – the best vintage in Rioja since the great 2005 – this shows all of the power and depth of the past few releases but with a smidge more elegance and purity.  It’s already generous aromatically, with powerful scents of black raspberry and plum fruit accented by notes of sweet spice, tobacco, violets and a touch of iron.  The flavors are rich and almost lush with loads of ripe, dark, fruit lifted up by a note of blood orange acidity and supported by masses of fine, velvety, tannins.  Drink now with rich or smoky foods or let it get even more elegant and complex over the next 8-15 years.

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Bodegas Laukote Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada 2010 Product #27282 (In Stock)
Bodegas Laukote Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada 2010 Bodegas Laukote Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada 2010

Norberto Miguel only makes this, his top wine, in selected vintages of exceptional ripeness and quality.  It’s from 80+ year-old Tempranillo vines planted by Norberto’s grandfather and grown on the rocky, barren, soils of Rioja Alavesa.  Norberto hand-harvests the grapes when they taste good to him and then crushes them gently by foot to extract plenty of color and flavor without getting harsh tannins from the stems or seeds.  After vinification the wines go into American and French oak barrels (about 30% new)  And there the wine sits until Norberto thinks it’s ready – not one day longer.

The result is just about the perfect marriage between Rioja tradition and modern winemaking sensibility.  In 2010, this wine is just fabulous, supple and mineral with excellent length and very little obvious oak.  Scents of black raspberry and plum fruit accented by notes of sweet spice, tobacco, violets and a touch of iron.  In the mouth, the wine is very pure and elegant, with focused dark fruit and spice lifted by a hint of tangy cherry acidity and supported by silky smooth, ripe, tannins.  With air, a touch of coffee/mocha emerges and fruit broadens, but the minerality and acidity keep the wine focused, pure, and beautiful.  Drink it now with roasted or grilled meats and enjoy how it gains even more layers over the next 8-10 years in cellar.  Outstanding value for a Rioja of this quality and grace.

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Bodegas Laukote Rioja Gaubela 2011 Product #27285 (In Stock)

The first vintage of a new wine from Norberto Miguel.  Old-vine Tempranillo is de-stemmed and then goes into a tank without being crushed.  Then, Norberto climbs into the tank and treads the grapes by foot, eventually sinking down to his chest as the berries collapse and release their fruit.  After fermentation, he drains the free-run wine off the skins and ages it in a mixture of French plus a little American oak, almost all used.

The result is a very focused, tightly wound, wine full of intense black cherry, plum and berry fruit with floral and licorice accents.  Extraordinary minerality for Tempranillo here, with firm tannins under a long, complex, finish.  Wants time in decanter or cellar now, but as it opens - watch out!

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Vina Tondonia Rioja Reseriva 2002 Product #28006 (In Stock)
Vina Tondonia Rioja Reseriva 2002 Vina Tondonia Rioja Reseriva 2002

An old-school Rioja classic.

"The 2002 Vina Tondonia Reserva is a blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho and 10% between Mazuelo and Graciano sourced from their Tondonia vineyard located in a large meander of the Ebro River on the outskirts of Haro. It is aged for six years in used barrels, racked twice per year during its upbringing and fined with egg whites before being bottled unfiltered. It has a slightly reduced nose that benefits from air contact, with shy aromas of cherries in liqueur, tea leaves, fine leather, game, blood, spice box and cigar ash, showing some evolution. The light to medium-bodied palate is balanced, with high acidity, but perhaps a little fragile, showing the difficulties of the vintage, as 2002 was a very difficult year in Rioja. 250,000 bottles were produced. Drink 2014-2019."Wine Advocate 91 points

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