- Lopez De Haro Rioja Reserva 2005 Product #28490 (In Stock)
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
- Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 2005 Product #29253 (In Stock)
One of Barolo's most legendary wines, Percristina is fashioned by the legendary Dominico Clerico from old vines in the Mosconi cru and aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barriques. After bottling, Clerico holds the wine in a temperature controlled room dedicated entirely to Percristina until he feels it is at the opening of its long drinking window. Fans of wines from Scavino, La Spinetta, and Vietti will love the lush, rich, texture here and the dark, powerful, fruit. Yes, it shows some oak today, but let it rest for a decade and all will be very, very, well.
This has been a bit controversial among critics, with opinions breaking in unexpected ways. James Suckling - for whom oak on Barolo is never a problem - gave it a middling 93 point rating. Antonio Galloni - open to a wide range of Barolo styles - thought it magnificent when first bottles (94 points) but worried that the wine seemed too delicate when re-tasting in 2013 (91 points). And, Steve Tanzer - never a fan of oak on Nebbiolo - loved it right after bottling (94 points) and gushed even more (97+ points) when re-tasting it two years later - making Percristina his wine of the vintage!
We have only 5 six packs to offer (after I take my allocation!), and I won't pull a cork on one of my bottles for at least another 5 years. But Dominico told me he loves this wine and thinks it will be one of his better Percristina's ever, so I'm feeling pretty confident I'll be happy with it - and that you will be, too. Here are the three most recent reviews from Suckling, Galloni, and Tanzer:
"Wonderful aromas of dark fruits, flowers and licorice follow to a full body, with fine tannins and a clean finish. It's drinking beautifully now. So much nut and fruit flavors at the finish. Still very young. Better in 2015." James Suckling 93 points
"The 2005 Barolo Percristina boasts a serious core of fruit, especially within the context of the year. Racy and ripe, the 2005 caresses the palate with expressive aromas and flavors. Since it was first bottled, the 2005 has become much more delicate, polished and refined from a textural standpoint, but it has also lost some of its pure excitement and freshness, especially in the fruit." Antonio Galloni 91 points
"Good full red. Distinctly balsamic aromas of brown spices, tobacco, pepper, camphor and star anise. Thick on entry, then bright and sharply delineated in the mid-palate, with great energy and tactile minerality. This compellingly solid, chewy, classic Barolo finishes with great tannic force and grip and is virtually impossible to spit. An explosively long Barolo that will need long aging." Steve Tanzer 97+ points