Bodegas Gran Castillo

Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Viura 2007

Licorice on nose. Cherry, hints of leather/old wood. Balsamic acidity, tight tannic structure. Had with Vicias roast cauli with honey and sumac, lamb braised with pom molasses and roast carrots. 👌 — 9 days ago

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S.A.T. Camaretas

Frontón de Oro Tradicional Tinto Gran Canaria Red Blend 2018

Light bodied, balanced tannins and acid with dominant spice flavors, especially black pepper on the back end. — 3 days ago

Pulenta Estate

XI Gran Cabernet Franc 2017

Delectable Wine
9.3

This Cabernet Franc, made with grapes from Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, is one of the best that Argentina has to offer. Aged for 18 months in French barrels, half of them new, it is garnet in hue. The nose delivers intense aromas with inviting, well-defined notes of roasted red pepper, black currant, sour cherry and pepper. The wood comes out in the mouth, where it brings softness, volume, muscle and outline. This is pure but elegantly packaged power with a sustained, flavorful finish. (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, October 2020) — 6 days ago

Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2010

Eric S
9.5

Great fruit with an inky bitter finish. Just entering its window. Terrific. — 13 days ago

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Cardenal Mendoza

Solera Gran Reserva Brandy

Smoky caramel-mocha nose shows broom straw and bamboo, vanilla bean, graphite, tea biscuit, cardamom, cinnamon-apple, attic nutmeg and cilantro. Rich and chocolate-y mouthfeel with warm cinnamon heat is exemplary. First taste puts the dully oaken nose to shame for insufficient suggestion. This thing brings a support beam of heavy oak in abundance. Cedar, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, tobacco; the gangs all here. Coffee is the magnet in the middle; two sugars, black, a millisecond before the heavy cream and drizzled caramel. Buckwheat, buckthorn, and dried pineapple are the lightning in this dark storm. Add ginger and dried lime and a drop of Fernet Branca and you’ve nailed it. Don Quixote used to nip this for breakfast. #brandy #cardinalmendoza #spanishbrandy #brandydejerez #soleragranreserva #jerez #sanchezromatehermanos #sanchezromate #grapespirit — 15 days ago

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Viñedos del Contino (CVNE)

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2012

Opened up after a few hour decant, but still needed a marbled steak for balance. Deep dark blackberry pie, tobacco, evergreen needles, and uplifted cranberry. Well balanced with great purity of fruit and persistent length. American oak flavors surround both red and black forest berries. Still very youthful... definitely decant or cellar. — a day ago

Marqués de Cáceres

Rioja Gran Reserva 2012

A blend of Tempranillo with 10% Mazuelo and Graciano, with aging, 50% in new French oak. Deep Ruby with ripe red and black fruit aromas and toasty spice. The palate shows plum and blackberry flavors with smoke, cacao and spice. Vivid acidity, firm ripe tannins, integrated lending to a medium+ finish ending with some earthy notes. Just starting to drink well, a few more years will benefit. Nice value for a Gran Reserva. — 3 days ago

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Bodegas Faustino

Faustino Rioja Gran Reserva I 2008

Very nice aged Rioja. Probably plenty more years in this but drinking very nicely now. Nose is dark fruit, vanilla, cedar and light licorice. In the glass, vibrant with violet edges, very fresh. Palate is a blend of dark fruit, cherry, vanilla and leather, medium tannins and a lovely long sour candy finish. Not a regular choice for me but this was really good. — 17 days ago

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Bodegas O'Ventosela

Gran Leirinia Ribeiro White Blend 2018

100% Treixadura grown in granite soils, fermented in stainless. Medium lemon color with aromas of ripe stone fruits and blossom notes. On the palate, crisp, with flavors of peach and apricot, some honeysuckle and citrus. Medium finish ending with crisp mineral character. Nice value! — 6 days ago

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