Gran Castillo

Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Viura 2009

Solid Rioja. Aromatic, silky smooth, with rich red and blue fruits, coconut and dill. — 3 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1995

Popped and poured; consumed over two days. My second time enjoying the 1995 Gran Reserva (the most recent release from LdH). The wine pours garnet with a translucent core accompanied by some fine sediment and a slightly watery rim. Medium viscosity. On the nose, high intensity and seems to have some VA. There’s also a little bit of the funk too. Highly perfumed with cherry, red rope licorice, balsamic, cumin, horse saddle, dill, and iron rich earth. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium tannin and medium++ acid. Tart cherries and again with the red rope licorice. Also, there are blackberries and plums, buzz buttons, iron, tomato, leather, olives and exotic spices. Long, savory finish. Despite being 26 years from vintage, the wine comes across super bright and fresh. Just lovely. — 8 days ago

Ceccherini, Alex and 12 others liked this

Bodegas Santa Ana

Unánime Gran Vino Tinto 2013

Robust and smooth Argentinian red blend. Letting it breathe really brought out its earthy notes and hints of chocolate. A perfect balance of tannins and sweetness. I was sorry when we finished the bottle. We were drinking the 2017 vintage. — 11 days ago

Pierre Callot

Les Avats Gran Cru Millésime Champagne Blend 2012

Medium old gold color with a soft, medium sized bubbles that dissipate rather quickly. Autolytic notes are dominant on the nose with straight up New Orleans baguette initially that is just awesome. Toasted nuts and crème brûlée shine. Ripe lemon abounds green along with some customary green apples. Some really nice chicory aromas with a sudden burst of biscotti drizzled with caramel.

From a tiny, sustainably farmed plot in the Grand Cru village of Avize. This is a very patrician champagne, quite stately. This possesses all the wonderful qualities of the stellar 2012 vintage. Beautiful minerality and slightly racy acidity. Distinctively a Blanc de Blancs, this is a supremely pure expression of Chardonnay and the terroir. A multifaceted champagne, perfect for all occasions

This needs plenty of air and maybe even some decanting but after a little time it will give itself to you fully. Nice intensity and drama on the tongue. More lemons and apples that mesh with vanilla and biscuits. Tantalizing yellow orchard fruits and the suggestion of chocolate. Will benefit from a few more years in the bottle but so very nice right now.
— a day ago

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Bodegas Faustino

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2010

Consistently good wine, regardless of the vintage. Sure, some years you get better value (11 year old wine available this year vs 14 year old wine last), but it’s still $32, even after all these years.

Complex. Leather. Tobacco. Oak. Some dark fruit.

Give this some time to open up and *chefs kiss*
— 9 days ago

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Mendoza Vineyards

Gran Reserva Mendoza Malbec 2017

Ralphie says F the scores. It's a 9.1. Spicy dark fruit! — 15 days ago

Ron, Mike and 9 others liked this
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Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2009

Blend of Tempranillo with 19% Mazuelo (Cariñena), unusually high, each aged separately for 26 months (Temp-American / Mazuelo-French), pronounced bouquet of berry fruits with complex spice. On the palate flavors of blackberry, cherry and plum flavors, well balanced, with pepper, cinnamon and slight tobacco. Long finish, tight tannins ending with fruit and an earthy mineral character. Outstanding, will age for years and will improve in the bottle! — a month ago

Josh, Matt and 9 others liked this

Gran Moraine

Yamhill-Carlton Chardonnay 2017

Jeremy Shanker
9.1

Is it just me or is Oregon Chardonnay starting to have its moment. Crisp, clean, nice reduction almost no presence of oak. — 11 days ago

Ira, Jason and 11 others liked this

Carpineto

Gran Selezione Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2015

Deep Ruby with aromas of red and black fruits with sweet spice and earthy notes. On the palate flavors of black cherry, blackberry and currants with leather, tobacco, licorice and vanilla, adding hints of pepper spice. Fine tannins, long finish, well balanced with acidity, ending with fruit and earthy mineral character. Nice! Will age nicely! — 10 days ago

Byron, Paul and 6 others liked this

La Rioja Alta

Gran Reserva 890 Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1994

Jeremy Shanker
9.3

Great bottle. Restrained and tradidional style with all the dried cherry and tobacco aromas which make great Rioja so unique. — 7 days ago

Eric, Andrew and 12 others liked this