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Lopez De Haro Rioja Tempranillo 2012 Product #28582 (In Stock)
Lopez De Haro Rioja Tempranillo 2012 Lopez De Haro Rioja Tempranillo 2012

On tasting this, our first thought:  What a great summer red!  It’s full of fresh, thirst-quenching, strawberry and raspberry fruit with just a touch of oak spice and smoke from the few months it spent “warming up” the new oak barrels to be used for longer-aged Crianza and Reserva Rioja wines.  Drink it with a light chill for maximum refreshment or let it warm up a bit to sing with burgers and hot dogs off the grill.

"The 2012 Lopez de Haro Tempranillo is pure young Tempranillo used to break the new barrels for three to four months, showing the purple color and the exuberance of the young fruit with strawberries, raspberries, flowers and red licorice notes. A pleasure to drink slightly chilled with charcuterie. Refreshing and a real bargain.”Wine Advocate 89 points

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Martinez Lacuesta Blanco Rioja 2013 Product #28545 (In Stock)
Martinez Lacuesta Blanco Rioja 2013 Martinez Lacuesta Blanco Rioja 2013

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.

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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Lopez De Haro Rioja Reserva 2005 Product #28490 (In Stock)
Lopez De Haro Rioja Reserva 2005 Lopez De Haro Rioja Reserva 2005

Huge savings on delicious, highly-rated, fully mature, Rioja Reserva – not much more that needs to be said!  The style here is what I might call “restrained modern.”  Great care has been taken to preserve ripe fruit flavors (and, for a 9 year-old wine, there’s a LOT of fruit here) and a deft use of French and American oak imparts classic Rioja earth, smoke and spice notes without overwhelming the wine.  The combination of oodles of dark fruit and traditional Rioja funk reminds us of long-time favorite Muga.  Drink it now for the fruit or cellar it for years if you enjoy the lighter, tea and chamomile tang of more traditional Rioja.

“These are excellent wines brimming with personality and well-judged, prudent winemaking. The 2005 Hacienda Lopez de Haro Reserva is a blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano and 5% Garnacha aged for 20 months in French and American oak. It has a beautiful, rounded, sensual bouquet with hints of over-ripe Satsuma and gravel. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of piquancy on the entry. It has crisp acidity and taut tannins on the dry, dusky finish but it remains extremely well-focused. Drink now-2025.”Wine Advocate 92 points

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Bodegas Laukote Rioja Tempranillo Borg 2012 Product #28428 (In Stock)
Bodegas Laukote Rioja Tempranillo Borg 2012 Bodegas Laukote Rioja Tempranillo Borg 2012

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.  Then, once 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.

The last vintage of this beauty was called "Ona", but Norberto Miguel had to change the name to Borg this release.  It's still one of the most versatile, juicy, and absolutely delicious Tempranillo wines in the store.  The 2012 is even more juicy and refreshing than the 2011.  Loads of fresh cherry, red plum and blackberry fruit with accents of wood smoke, spice, and earth - all from the soil, because there's no oak on this wine at all!  The fine tannins give it enough support for food, but you can chill it and sip it solo, too!

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Bodegas Luis Canas Rioja Crianza 2010 Product #28587 (In Stock)
Bodegas Luis Canas Rioja Crianza 2010 Bodegas Luis Canas Rioja Crianza 2010

When you taste this 2010 Crianza, you’ll immediately understand why we’re so excited about Bodegas Luis Canas.  It’s 95% ripe, plump, and plummy Tempranillo enhanced with 5% tangy, spicy, structured Graciano and aged for 12 months in used  French and American oak cask.  The aromas are seductive – spicy cranberry, candied cherry, sweet vanilla and a touch of rose petal capture your attention.  The texture is so smooth, silky, and lovely that it takes a moment to notice how the red berry and spice flavors fill your mouth and coat your palate.  But, you’ll definitely notice how this wine finishes as it pumps out loads of tangy ripe red and black fruit over silky smooth tannins and then leaves raspberry, spice and fruit blossom flavors lingering behind.  Lovely stuff.

“The 2010 Crianza is a very pleasant wine, starting with a beautiful ruby color and a clean, intense nose of wild berries with just enough lactic and spicy notes. The palate shows sweet tannins and good balance, intense and fresh. This is a crowd-pleaser and great value.”Wine Advocate 91 points

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Joseph Puig Rioja Tinto (Tempranillo) 2011 Product #27596 (In Stock)
Joseph Puig Rioja Tinto (Tempranillo) 2011 Joseph Puig Rioja Tinto (Tempranillo) 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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Bodegas Laukote Rioja Gaubela 2011 Product #27285 (In Stock)
Bodegas Laukote Rioja Gaubela 2011 Bodegas Laukote Rioja Gaubela 2011

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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Lindes de Remelluri Rioja Vinedos de San Vicente 2010 Product #28765 (In Stock)
Lindes de Remelluri Rioja Vinedos de San Vicente 2010 Lindes de Remelluri Rioja Vinedos de San Vicente 2010

A modern style Rioja, ripe and lush, but with plenty of structure and good balance. A fine choice for top-end steak or rich roasts or stews.

"Heady aromas of boysenberry, cassis, fennel and pipe tobacco, with a sexy vanilla undertone. Lush, velvety and sweet in the mouth, with sexy flavors of black and blue fruit preserves, licorice and floral pastilles. A fleshy, powerful but shockingly energetic Rioja, with supple tannins framing a long, sweet finish."International Wine Cellar 92 points

"The 2010 Lindes de Remelluri Vinedos de San Vicente is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Viura and Malvasia purchased from a number of vine growers from San Vicente de la Sonsierra. In the past these grapes were blended with the ones grown on the Remelluri estate vineyards. The 2010 is very aromatic, more fruit forward, with some grainy tannins, slightly more rustic than the one produced with grapes purchased in Labastida. The oak is perfectly folded into the nose and palate of the wine, which remains very fresh and approachable. 60,000 bottles were produced. Drink 2015-2020."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Bodegas Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva 2007 Product #28588 (In Stock)
Bodegas Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva 2007 Bodegas Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva 2007

A very “Gran” Gran Reserva indeed, this is proof that Rioja’s traditional long oak aging of its top reds doesn’t need to deliver thin, wan, overoaked wines that you kind of wish had been bottled years earlier. As Wine Advocate said in reviewing the 95 point 2004 edition, “It has an irresistible bouquet that is so pure and sensual you do not know whether to drink it or stroke it.”  Aromas of raspberry, redcurrant, and black cherry take center stage with just the right accent of spice, chocolate and tobacco.  The palate is wonderfully pure and focused with more red fruit, licorice, chocolate and spice flavors that coat your palate.  The fruit turns fresh and bright – tangy raspberry, pomegranate and cranberry – on the finish where fine-grained, mellow, tannins provide support.  Focused, firm, and long, this is already delicious and will sing with anything from rich grilled fish to steak or lamb now and will grow in cellar for another 10+ years.  Fantastic stuff.

"(95% tempranillo and 5% graciano; from vines that are reportedly all over 50 years old): Deep ruby. Heady aromas of mulberry, raspberry, vanilla and exotic spices, with a peppery nuance adding lift. Supple, sweet and focused, offering sappy red and dark berry flavors and suggestions of licorice and mocha. Closes sweet and long, with no obvious tannins and an echo of dark berries."International Wine Cellar 92 points

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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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