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Region Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
Spain 1994 Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita 3 Bottle 75cl £400
  • Rating

    97

    Release Price

    $150 - 200

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2020

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 1998

    Source

    116, The Wine Advocate

    For L'Ermita, the 1994 is the current vintage in the marketplace; quantities are absurdly small. The color is a saturated inky/purple, and the soaring nose provides thrilling levels of sweet blackberry and cherry liqueur-like fruit. In spite of being full-bodied, massive, and huge, it manages to not taste heavy despite its gargantuan proportions of fruit, glycerin, tannin, and extract. This chewy, glycerin-imbued, phenomenally intense wines possesses all the component parts necessary to become a modern-day legend. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020.   

Tasting Notes
97
Spain 1995 Pingus 1 Case 6 75cl £4,500
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2012 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2012

    Source

    202, The Wine Advocate

    The maiden Pingus is still going strong as it approaches adulthood. It has a complex bouquet, the glycerine content having ebbed over the years, revealing lush scents of creme de cassis, blackberry, black olive and a slight earthy, almost Graves-like tincture. The palate is medium-bodied with surprising succulent on the entry underpinned by crisp acidity. There is almost a sense of conservatism to this Pingus, but it is undeniably well balanced. If I were to criticize, compared to subsequent vintages it lacks the some fineness of tannins towards the finish. Still, it is one delicious drop of Ribera del Duero and could easily last another decade, possibly more. Drink now-2030.

Tasting Notes
92
Spain 2001 Numanthia 2 Bottle 75cl £40
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    $45

    Drink Date

    2005 - 2019

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    26th Apr 2004

    Source

    152, The Wine Advocate

    The flagship offering, the 2001 Numanthia, is fashioned from a 70-100 year old Tinta de Toro vineyard planted at a 2300 foot elevation. After a 28 day maceration, the wine undergoes malolactic in barrel, is aged 19 months in new French oak, and is bottled without fining or filtration. The spectacular, opaque purple-colored 2001 offers an explosive nose of melted licorice, barbecue smoke, blackberries, creme de cassis, camphor, and graphite. Full-bodied with gorgeously rich, concentrated fruit, a layered texture, and tremendous purity, it can be drunk young, but should hit its prime in 1-2 years, and last for 10-15.  

Tasting Notes
95
Spain 2004 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 1 Case 6 75cl £450
  • Rating

    94+

    Release Price

    $149

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2024

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2016

    Source

    226, The Wine Advocate

    The 2004 Gran Reserva 890 is the top of the range here, a wine that is only released three/four times per decade in exceptional years. They start by sourcing grapes from their oldest vineyards and going through a slow process of aging the wine in American oak barrels for six years, with ten manual rackings, and each time there is a selection of only the best barrels. The bottled wine is 13.5% alcohol with a remarkably low pH (3.0) that to me means 'quality' of the acidity, which is a healthy six grams per liter (in tartaric). The nose is all about forest floor aromas, game, cigar ash, incense, old furniture and some smoked meat. The palate shows what the technical data was hinting--very fresh with slightly dusty tannins and nice acidity. It's polished, but feels livelier than some older vintages. 38,000 numbered bottles.

Tasting Notes
94
Spain 2005 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2 Case 6 75cl £520
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    $175

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    28th Jun 2019

    Source

    Issue 243 End of June 2019, The Wine Advocate

    I tasted the 2005 Gran Reserva 890 again, and I liked it better this time than in my previous review, even if I normally like the Gran Reserva 904 better than this bottling, as I find it better balanced. I tend to feel less energy in this wine, as it spends a very long time in barrel, six years in this case. 2005 was an excellent vintage, and they implemented some improvements in the harvest, introducing 350-kilo boxes and refrigerated transport to the winery, which they think provides better grapes and potentially better quality of the wines. The palate is medium-bodied, the tannins have mostly melted, and it has lively acidity that lift the wine up. This is a very classical and polished Rioja. 57,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2012.

Tasting Notes
95
Spain 2009 Flor de Pingus 1 Case 6 75cl £425
  • Flor de Pingus Ribera Del Duero

    Bright violet color. Smoky, mineral-laced boysenberry and blueberry on the nose, with suave oak spice and violet qualities coming up with air. Rich, fleshy and sweet, offering sappy black and blue fruit flavors and a sexy array of floral and spice accents For a rich wine this shows impressive finesse. The long, spice-accented finish features harmonious tannins and leaves sweet vanilla and cola notes behind.

    -- Josh Raynolds93Josh Raynolds$80.00Nov 2011

     

Tasting Notes
93
Spain 2010 Clos I Terrasses Clos Erasmus 2 Case 6 75cl £1,150
97
Spain 2011 Vega Sicilia Unico 5 Case 3 75cl £710
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    $628

    Drink Date

    2021 - 2033

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2020

    Source

    Issue 252 End of December 2020, The Wine Advocate

    The Único released in 2021, 10 years after the harvest, is the 2011 Único, selected from 40 of their 210 hectares of vineyards. 2011 is a concentrated and ripe vintage, and they selected 95% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon that were cooled in a cold room for 24 hours before being sorted; the bunches and grapes macerated at 9 to 10 degrees Celsius for three to four days, and then it was inoculated with a pied de cuve to ferment with pumping overs. Malolactic was in stainless steel, and the wine was put through a long aging, 10 years between oak and bottle, using new and used French and American oak barrels and 20,000-liter oak vats. For Vega Sicilia, 2011 was a fresher year than 2010, not the common idea about those vintages in Ribera del Duero. The wine has a developed nose with some notes of ripe black fruit, meat and underbrush, somewhat herbal and perfumed. There is something about the nose of the Únicos that I cannot quite describe but is quite distinct, and it's in this vintage and also in the Reserva Especial. 88,288 bottles, 3,505 magnums, 318 double magnums, 60 Imperial and 3 Salmanazar were produced. The wine was bottled in June 2017.

Tasting Notes
96
Spain 2013 Terroir Al Limit Priorat Les Tosses 2 Case 6 75cl £800
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    $290

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2023

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The top Cariñena is the 2013 Les Tosses, which for Dominik Huber is the pure expression of graphite and cherries, from an ancient plot on black slate soils fermented with full clusters and a short maceration and matured in oak foudres for two years. There was a volatile whiff and that sensation of warm slate that really transported me to the character of the roads in Priorat. There's also something that made me think of iron and raw meat. It's all relative of course, because compared to most other Priorats, this would feel extremely elegant and floral. The palate has even more of that tactile sensation of the graphite, with abundant, albeit extremely fine tannins and showing great balance. Some 1,000 bottles were filled in August 2015.

Tasting Notes
96
Spain 2014 Terroir Al Limit Priorat Manyes 1 Case 6 75cl £840
  • Rating 98

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2023

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Les Manyes was bottled a little earlier, in June 2016. In many wineries in Priorat, 2013 is clearly better than 2014, but it's not that clear in the case here, and you have to take it wine by wine. In the case of this Les Manyes, I think 2014 was the big surprise, with a combination of depth, perfume, subtleness and power difficult to achieve. The clay and chalky soils provide for an extraordinary texture of tannins, a lot less coarse than those from slate soils. It distills all the Mediterranean herbs and flowers, the essence of ripe red cherries and wild strawberries with some chalky minerality in a nose and palate that is close to perfection. This is a tour de force Garnacha from... chalky soils in Priorat! There are 1,008 bottles produced.

Tasting Notes
98
Spain 2016 Vega Sicilia Valbuena 1 Case 3 75cl £280
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    $227

    Drink Date

    2021 - 2030

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2020

    Source

    Issue 252 End of December 2020, The Wine Advocate

    The 2016 Valbuena was produced with a blend of 94% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 6% Merlot from 140 hectares dedicated to this wine. It fermented with indigenous yeasts, and the first year it matured in barrels (75% French, 25% American) and the second year in large oak vats. This is again a floral and elegant vintage of Valbuena, very much in line with what has happened in the best vintages since 2010. 2016 is going to be a wine that the public is going to like; it has an extroverted personality and is perfumed and generous, juicy and tasty and nicely textured, with fine-grained tannins and very focused and clean flavors. 2016 was a year of very good freshness in Ribera del Duero, a year they like even better than 2018. 182,882 bottles, 6,030 magnums and a few larger formats were produced. It was bottled in June 2019.

Tasting Notes
96
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