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Montebuena Rioja Cuvee KPF 2015 Product #32442 (In Stock)
Montebuena Rioja Cuvee KPF 2015 Montebuena Rioja Cuvee KPF 2015

The big 90 point rating from Vinous is the kind of praise you expect to find for a $15-$20 Rioja, which makes the everyday $11.99 price a pleasing surprise (and this week’s super $6.98 two-case deal a stunner).  But that’s the kind of value that Wine Enthusiast Importer and Master Sommelier Fran Kysela delivers on a daily basis.  Here, Fran works with Rioja’s Unión de Cosecheros of Labastida to select his own favorite batches – Cuvee KPF – just for the US market.  Unlike some other importers, Fran isn’t trying to create a super-charged, over-ripe, parody of Spanish wine built just to pick up critical points.  Instead, he’s delivered us a very fine, classically-styled, Rioja of nice restraint now and plenty of short-term cellar potential.  As IWC said of a previous release, “it's an excellent value for Rioja.”  Especially at these remarkable savings prices!

“Aged for three months in used American oak barrels. Vivid ruby. Bright, sharply focused aromas of fresh red fruits and flowers, along with a spicy overtone and a hint of vanilla. Lithe and appealingly sweet on the palate, offering vibrant, oak-spiced raspberry and cherry flavors and a subtle rose pastille nuance. Finishes supple and long, displaying silky, slow-building tannins and resonating spiciness.”  Vinous (Raynolds) 90 points

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Recorba Ribera Del Duero Tinto 2015 Product #31532 (In Stock)
Recorba Ribera Del Duero Tinto 2015 Recorba Ribera Del Duero Tinto 2015

The Recorba Ribera del Duero Tinto is an example of what happens when you get Tempranillo all the way ripe and then let it show it’s colors without any wood at all.  Big aromas and flavors of red plum, black cherry and raspberry take center stage with accents of natural spice, warm stones, and a touch of exotic sandalwood.  A huge “bang for the buck” Tempranillo to enjoy by itself or with pretty much anything you’d put on the grill.

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Lopez De Haro Rioja Reserva 2012 Product #32902 (In Stock)
Lopez De Haro Rioja Reserva 2012 Lopez De Haro Rioja Reserva 2012

Despite the old-sounding name, this relatively new estate has excelled at delivering traditionally-styled Rioja at bargain basement prices. This is 90% Tempranillo, 5% Granacha and 5% Graciano aged 20 months in mostly used French and American oak casks. You'll see the time in wood by the pale rim and feel it in the smooth, rounded, mouthfeel.  Dark black fruit aromas and flavors are complicated by notes of sweet spice, balsamic, and a hint of vanilla.  Finishes smooth and earthy with fine complexity.

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Bodegas Volver Tempranillo Single Vyd 2014 Product #32462 (In Stock)
Bodegas Volver Tempranillo Single Vyd 2014 Bodegas Volver Tempranillo Single Vyd 2014

Nothing shy about this powerful, rich, nicely oaked red that's ready for sipping and bold foods.

"The 2014 Volver Single Vineyard comes from a parcel of vines planted in 1957 called Finca Los Juncares. It is 100% Tempranillo aged 15 months in French oak and bottled unfiltered. It is a relatively small cuvée of 3,000 cases, but it’s a stunning wine, with notes of unsmoked cigar tobacco, licorice and blackcurrants. This opaque purple-colored wine has a full-body, showing toasty notes intermixed with blackberry and cassis. It’s a beauty – an internationally styled, modern version of Tempranillo to drink over the next 5-6 years."Wine Advocate 92 points

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Finca Rio Negro 992 Tempranillo Syrah 2015 Product #32912 (In Stock)
Finca Rio Negro 992 Tempranillo Syrah 2015 Finca Rio Negro 992 Tempranillo Syrah 2015

A new estate working in the hills between Madrid and Ribera del Duero, a region that once produced plenty of sturdy table wine but has laid fallow for years.  This is fun and delicious, with dark plum and blueberry fruit and bold notes of coffee and smoked meat on the finish. There's nice richness to the texture and the fruit shines through on the easygoing finish.  The high altitude (992 meters) and short stay in wood (7 months) keeps this fresh and easy to enjoy.

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Abadia De Acon Ribera Del Duero Crianza 2014 Product #32028 (In Stock)
Abadia De Acon Ribera Del Duero Crianza 2014 Abadia De Acon Ribera Del Duero Crianza 2014

The best wines of Ribera del Duero tend to be unoaked values or barrel aged reds that cost $30+.  So we were delighted to find this honest, rich, all Tempranillo Crianza that matches rich fruit to smoky oak at a fine value price.  You'll find Ribera's signature dark purple fruit - black plum, dark cherry, black raspberry - with attractive accents of sandalwood and spice.  Round and deep on the palate and then smooth and spicy on the long, smoky, finish, it's a great cookout and roasted meat red you'll be happy to drink before dinner, too.

"Pure Tempranillo with a commercial profile, generously oaked but not excessive, matured in oak for 14 months. The palate has abundant tannins, sweet fruit and plenty of oak-related flavors."Wine Advocate 89 points

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Dominio Del Soto Ribera Del Duero Joven 2015 Product #32350 (In Stock)

From the Chapoutier family's outpost in Spain comes this classic Ribera. Dark, almost plummy Tempranillo is aged for about 4 months in oak. Lovely aromas of ripe plums, dark cherries, cedar, and vanilla. Lots of juicy fruit up front, fine-grained tannins, and a pleasingly dry finish. The perfect affordable accompaniment to an at-home steak night!

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Laderas De Cabama Rioja 2012 Product #32391 (In Stock)
Laderas De Cabama Rioja 2012 Laderas De Cabama Rioja 2012

Here's a super pleasing, nicely rich, vibrant and fun Tempranillo with plenty of Rioja smoke and spice to go with ripe blackberry and red berry fruit and smooth, smoky, finish.  Seriously fun with or without food.

"The 2012 Laderas de Cabama is a fresh Tempranillo from youngish vineyards from an extremely dry vintage. It fermented in cement tanks with selected yeasts and matured in French barriques for one year. It shows contained ripeness with a nice mixture of red and black fruit with some spices. The palate is fresher than I expected, with good acidity and very fine tannins. Very drinkable."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Biga De Luberri Rioja 2012 Product #31925 (In Stock)

The new release of this perennial 90-91 pionter (Vinous) is 100% Tempranillo aged for a year in French and American oak.  It's a plump, ripe, almost modern-style wine that features dark, spicy, blackberry, black cherry and plum fruit framed by rich chocolate and savory herb notes.  The fruit stays rich and deep as the wine opens and more layers of wood spice, vanilla and chocolate emerge.  Dry and lightly tannic on the finish, a fun sipper and great match for grilled/roasted food.

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La Rioja Alta Rioja Vina Alberdi Reserva 2011 Product #32792 (In Stock)

Old school classic Rioja Tempranillo here. Aged 1 year in new American oak barrels (made at the winery) then longer in 3rd use casks. Plenty of fruit in an elegant, pure, wine that finishes long.

"A classic and tightly knit Rioja with dried berry, spice and cedar character on the nose and palate. Medium body, very fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Acidity carries the wine and then the tannins. Gorgeous. Drink now."  James Suckling 94 points

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Convento Oreja Ribera Del Duero Crianza 2012 Product #32314 (In Stock)
Convento Oreja Ribera Del Duero Crianza 2012 Convento Oreja Ribera Del Duero Crianza 2012

As the Wine Advocate says, this is "textbook" Ribera del Duero to drink now - 2022.

"Deep ruby. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, violet and vanilla carry a smoky overtone. Weighty yet lively on the palate, offering juicy dark berry flavors and suave candied lavender and spicecake qualities. Smooth, plush and seamless in character, finishing with repeating spiciness, supple tannins and a lingering note of dark berry preserves."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

"If last year I was impressed with the 2011, the 2012 Crianza from Convento Oreja might be even better. No signs of heat or overripeness here at all but perfectly ripe, terse fruit, integrated, balanced oak and a polished, sleek palate with fine tannins and good acidity. This is a textbook crianza from Ribera del Duero."Wine Advocate 92 points

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Alonso Angulo Flor De Sanctus 2012 Product #32641 (In Stock)
Alonso Angulo Flor De Sanctus 2012 Alonso Angulo Flor De Sanctus 2012

A bold Tempranillo from vineyards 1,000 feet high in Arlanza, a very old and up-and-coming DO just north of Ribera del Duero.  This wine offers an amazing blend of richness and energy, with dark, velvety, fruit lifted by notes of tangy cranberry and dusty mineral.  Tobacco, savory herb and coffee notes unfurl with air and ride over the firm, ripe, tannins.  A great lamb or sipping wine from a producer and region to follow!

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Bodegas Protos 27 Ribera Del Duero Tinto 2014 Product #32763 (In Stock)
Bodegas Protos 27 Ribera Del Duero Tinto 2014 Bodegas Protos 27 Ribera Del Duero Tinto 2014

Here's what happens when plans to create a new luxury wine meet a slight miscalculation of marketing. This is the first vintage of a brand new wine from the fine Ribera del Duero winery of Protos.  Their goal was to make a luxury wine that, unlike their Reserva and Gran Reservas, had no American oak influence and maximized intensity of fruit.  So they took 100% Tempranillo from their lowest-yielding vines, allowed it to ferment with native yeast, aged it for 16 months in all new French oak, and released it as Protos 27.

But, with no Crianza/Reserva/Gran Reserva designation on the (really confusing!) label, Spanish consumers took a look at the planned $100 and actual release $45 price and said, "We'll pass."  Their loss is your gain as a clever US importer managed to buy a small supply at a very nice discount and we're passing the savings on to you!

"A classically-styled wine that has plenty of ripe fruit with plums and chocolate on the nose. Smooth tannins. This wine builds nicely. Drink now."  James Sucking 90 points

"Cherry and boysenberry flavors mingle with black olive and smoky notes in this plush red. Features light, firm tannins and balsamic acidity. A bit reserved, but balanced, with good depth. Drink now through 2024. 900 cases made."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Tentenublo Rioja Cosecha 2015 Product #32457 (In Stock)

Wow, this blend of Tempranilla and Garnacha, co-fermented in concrete and aged 5 months in chestnut cask, is really, really, GOOD.  Loads of luscious red raspberry and plum that turn extra ripe and kirsch-like on the lightly tannic finish.  The blend of freshness and ripeness is intoxicating (in a good way!) and the barrel gives just enough spice for interest.  "Tentenublo" is the Rioja term for the ringing of church bells to try to scare off hail.  Wonderfully delicious right now.

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Bodegas Roda Sela Rioja 2012 Product #32390 (In Stock)
Bodegas Roda Sela Rioja 2012 Bodegas Roda Sela Rioja 2012

 

"Very aromatic with lavender, mushroom, stone and dark fruits on the nose. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Fermented in large French oak vats. Finesse here. Drink or hold. 96% tempranillo, 3% graciano, 1% garnacha. A beauty from a beautiful year." James Suckling 93 points

"Fragrant aromas of ripe red berries, candied rose and incense. Spicy and penetrating in the mouth, offering juicy flavors of raspberry, bitter cherry and allspice. Shows very good focus and lift--and repeating red fruit and floral notes--on the long, gently tannic finish. This wine went through its secondary fermentation in large French oak foudres and was then moved into small, used French oak barrels for another year." Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

"The 2012 Sela will be released in March 2015, and it’s a great example of Sela. It opens to bright red fruit, more shiny than 2011, and is still pretty young showing faint lactic notes and more traces of the barrel that should be absorbed with time. 2012 could be fresher and more accessible. It’s an elegant and balanced wine, with some fine-grained tannins that will be polished with bottle age. The palate is very tasty and has almost salty flavors that are quite gentle and velvety. In 2012 Sela was a blend of Tempranillo with 3% Graciano and 1% Garnacha. 99,383 bottles were produced."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Vina Sastre Ribera Del Duero Crianza 2012 Product #32449 (In Stock)
Vina Sastre Ribera Del Duero Crianza 2012 Vina Sastre Ribera Del Duero Crianza 2012

A bold, lush, tempranillo full of dark fruit and spice to pair with big roasted and grilled flavors.

"Dark berries, licorice, mocha and violet on the perfumed nose and in the mouth. Fleshy and seamless in texture, with very good focus and building smokiness. Closes on a subtle vanilla note, with zesty acidity adding lift and dusty tannins contributing shape."  Vinous (Raynolds) 90 points

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Bodegas Remelluri Reserva Rioja 2010 Product #32701 (In Stock)
Bodegas Remelluri Reserva Rioja 2010 Bodegas Remelluri Reserva Rioja 2010

From the great 2010 harvest, this is 100% estate-grown fruit, blending Tempranillo (about 90%) with Garnacha, Graciano and white grapes Viura and Malvasía Riojana.  Aging a full 17 months in (mostly used) French oak casks of different sizes and five years more in bottle created a modern masterpiece, a wine of fine depth and excellent lift that marries easy  to love fruit with complex layers of spice and earth.

"A wine with beautiful finesse and depth. Dark fruits, dark chocolate, hazelnut and floral character. Polished and refined. Full body. Long and beautiful. Tasty finish. "  James Suckling 95 points

"From an almost perfect growing season. The nose has earthy aromas and notes of ripe orange peel giving old-style character to the wine marked by very well-integrated oak and an obvious Rioja character. There are cherries, plums and spices with licorice and ink aromas. The day after, it has more strawberries with very good freshness, so the evolution in bottle should be good. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and good acidity that ends with sweet fruit flavors and something earthy, very pleasant and easy to drink. It grows on you."Wine Advocate 93 points

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Vinedos Del Contino Rioja Reserva 2010 Product #32780 (In Stock)
Vinedos Del Contino Rioja Reserva 2010 Vinedos Del Contino Rioja Reserva 2010

A supple, elegant, classic for lamb and roasts.

"A heady, expansive bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, cherry compote, vanilla and cigar box, and a sexy floral nuance emerges slowly. Smooth and seamless on the palate, offering sweet, concentrated blackberry, cherry-vanilla and mocha flavors that are firmed and given spine by a core of juicy acidity. Rich yet vibrant in style, displaying impressive finishing clarity, smooth tannins and a lingering spicecake flourish."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points

"The 2010 Reserva is a textbook Rioja, and in fact it surprised me with a very classic profile. This is usually a blend of 85% Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% between Mazuelo and Garnacha; it fermented in stainless steel and matured in 50/50 French and American oak barrels for two years. It's a subtle vintage with very fine tannins. 2010 is a very good year for Rioja in general, but in Contino they consider it exceptional. This feels polished and developed with some forest floor and cigar box aromas. Very drinkable."Wine Advocate 93 points

"This plump red shows black cherry and red plum fruit, with tobacco, cedar, tea and spice accents, supported by light tannins and orange peel acidity. Nicely balanced, in the traditional style."Wine Spectator 91 points

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