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Finca Del Castillo Tempranillo La Mancha 2011 Product #27038 (In Stock)
Finca Del Castillo Tempranillo La Mancha 2011 Finca Del Castillo Tempranillo La Mancha 2011

We have no idea how such a delicious wine made from 30 year-old, dry farmed, Tempranillo vines in La Manacha could be quite this inexpensive…but we’re glad it is! This is real, honest, “vinous” wine, packed with cranberry and black cherry fruit, accents of licorice root and cracked pepper, and long, smooth and refreshing on the finish.  A perfect wine for big celebratory parties, weddings, back yard cookouts, or just sipping all on its own.

“Bright ruby. Fresh raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by black pepper and candied rose. Tightly focused red berry flavors are underscored by smoky mineral and floral qualities. Emphatically fruity and silky in texture, with a smooth, gently sweet finish.”International Wine Cellar 88 points

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Dom De Eguren Protocolo Tinto 2011 Product #27141 (In Stock)
Dom De Eguren Protocolo Tinto 2011 Dom De Eguren Protocolo Tinto 2011

Here's the kind of value that made Spain famous in the international wine world, but that seems to have vanished in recent years. And, the 2011 is even tastier than the very fine 2010!  This is 100% Tempranillo, aged 3 years in American Oak, and it delivers loads of honest, unconfected, aromas and flavors with a juicy, zingy, finish.  A fine party or backyard cookout red at a very compelling price.

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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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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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Mundo De Yuntero Tempranillo Syrah 2012 Product #28047 (In Stock)
Mundo De Yuntero Tempranillo Syrah 2012 Mundo De Yuntero Tempranillo Syrah 2012

A tad bit better and more fun than the Wine Advocate write-up suggests, this charming La Mancha red bursts with blackberry and plum fruit and just touch of complicating spice.  A fruit-forward, fun, wine that's easy to drink and ready to play at your next party or casual meal.

"The 2012 Mundo de Yuntero Tempranillo comes from Cuidad Real from organic vines (including 15% Syrah) and sees no oak contact. It has a clean, fresh boysenberry and small dark cherry nose, while the palate is fleshy and generous on the entry. It finishes a little “generic” but it is a commercially sound Tempranillo at a bargain price."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Paso A Paso Tempranillo La Mancha 2012 Product #27782 (In Stock)
Paso A Paso Tempranillo La Mancha 2012 Paso A Paso Tempranillo La Mancha 2012

A straight-ahead, lightly oaked, Tempranillo with good richness, plenty of fruit and spice, and enough acidity to stay fresh.  Nice value.

"Aged for six months in two- and three-year-old French oak. Bright purple. Smoky cherry and dark berries on the fragrant nose. Lush and open-knit, offering appealingly sweet blueberry and boysenberry flavors accented by a hint of cracked pepper. Finishes smooth and spicy, with a hint of tannins and good persistence."International Wine Cellar 89 points

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Finca Sobreno Toro 2010 Product #28574 (In Stock)
Finca Sobreno Toro 2010 Finca Sobreno Toro 2010

Our favorite release yet of this powerful Tempranillo from 35+ year-old vines.

"Primary dark berry and licorice aromas are perked up by a strong note of cracked pepper. Zesty blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors gain sweetness with air and pick up floral and spicecake nuances. Closes sweet, focused and long, with very good energy and slowly building tannins."International Wine Cellar 90 points

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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 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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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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Romanico Tinto De Toro (Tempranillo) 2011 Product #28044 (In Stock)
Romanico Tinto De Toro (Tempranillo) 2011 Romanico Tinto De Toro (Tempranillo) 2011

A ripe, rich, Tempranillo that, as Robert Parker says, "tastes like a wine that costs $50."  But it doesn't, not by a long-shot.  From brothers Marcos and Miguel Eguren, who previously created and sold Numanthia-Termes.

"Intense dark berry aromas are complemented by potpourri, cola and vanillin oak. Broad, palate-coating blackberry and blueberry flavors become livelier with air and show an energetic spiciness. Finishes with very good clarity and juicy persistence, the cola and spice notes repeating."International Wine Cellar 91 points

"These are both sensational values from Toro, one of my favorite Spanish appellations in the province of Zamora. This estate largely follows organic viticultural practices in its north-facing vineyards. The soils are primarily sandy/loam, and all of the head-pruned vineyards were planted between 1880 and 1940, and the wines are made from tiny yields. The 2011 Romanico (100% Tinta de Toro) was fashioned from yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare, and was aged six months in 100% new French oak. A sensational red, it exhibits a dense purple color as well as a sweet perfume of lead pencil shavings, violets, licorice, blackberries and black currants. Keep in mind that Tinta de Toro is essentially a cousin of Tempranillo, but a lower yielding grape. Full-bodied with a voluptuous texture and a long finish, it should drink well for 6-10 years. It tastes like a wine that costs $50."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Bodegas Asenjo & Manso Ceres 2010 Product #27931 (In Stock)
Bodegas Asenjo & Manso Ceres 2010 Bodegas Asenjo & Manso Ceres 2010

Surprising that such a young estate (founded 2004) could deliver the best "old school" Ribera del Duero we've tried in years.  Classic aromas of black fruit, spice, espresso, grilled meat, soy and wild herbs open the s how.  In the mouth, the fruit is plenty rich, but also focused and fresh and accents of soy, hot roasted beef, rich herb and just enough toasty oak give this fantastic complexity.  Firm and fine tannins show on the long finish where a hint of vanilla bean emerges and lingers.  A deeply satisfying and delicious bottle of Tempranillo that's the perfect antidote to over-ripe, over extracted, and over oaked wines that seem to gush from this great Spanish wine region.  A Jonas Gustafsson Selection - which explains a lot, we thing.  A "do not miss this" wine for any Spanish wine fan.

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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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Finca Sobreno Especial 2009 Product #27717 (In Stock)
Finca Sobreno Especial 2009 Finca Sobreno Especial 2009

A majestic Tempranillo from Toro from 50+ year-old vines.  Rich, powerful, and redolent of traditional American oak.

"Deeply pitched aromas of blackberry, violet, smoky oak and mocha. Then sweet, broad and lush on the palate, with explosive dark berry flavors complicated by vanilla, mocha and a floral nuance. Finishes with big, broad, supple tannins and superb length. This exotic, large-scaled wine shows surprising energy and focus for its heft."International Wine Cellar 92 points

"The 2009 Finca Sobreno Reserva – Seleccion Especiale is a blend of the estate’s best vineyard (over 50 years in age) and sees half the fruit aged in 14 months in new American oak, the remainder in used oak. It has a lifted floral bouquet of dark berries, briary and dried violets that is well-defined and seductive. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent entry of dark cherries, balsamic, a hint of orange peel and cloves. There is good structure and focus present here, with a clean fresh, focused finish. It is very fine and very elegant for a Toro red. Drink now-2019+"Wine Advocate 93 points

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Bodegas Asenjo & Manso Silvanus 2009 Product #27932 (In Stock)
Bodegas Asenjo & Manso Silvanus 2009 Bodegas Asenjo & Manso Silvanus 2009

A stunning bottle of Ribera del Duero that leaves you wondering - why is so much Tempranlillo from this great region so fat, flabby and insipid?  The 2009 Silvanus is anything but that!  It's an intense, focused, highly mineral wine that delivers plenty of dark fruit, too.  Accents of roasted meat right out of the oven, smoky herb, black plum and dark chocolate add complexity and the long, chewy, mouthwatering, finish keeps you coming back for more. Impressive and "serious" at some level, but fun, too.

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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.

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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)
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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