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Spain 2007 Pingus 1 Case 75cl
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  • THE WINE ADVOCATE: 98

     

    JAMES SUCKLING: 97

    Vintage conditions required a stricter selection for the 2007 Pingus. The aromatics are more brooding but seriously multifaceted. Smoke, pencil lead, truffle, Asian spices, blackberry, and licorice notes are followed by a chewy, dense, rich, powerful wine with fully integrated oak, savory black fruits, ripe tannins, and a decade of aging potential. Drink it from 2020 to 2037 if not longer. Jay Miller-Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010

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98
Spain 2008 Psi, Pingus 1 Case 75cl
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    86

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    Drink Date

    2012

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2012

    Source

    202, The Wine Advocate

    The sophomore Psi is bestowed with an elegant bouquet with fresh raspberry, wild strawberry and crushed rose petals wafting gently from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannins on the entry. It is well balanced with slightly gourmand, red fruit laced with tobacco and a subtle saline tincture towards the finish. It is loose-knit towards the finish and as such, I would recommend drinking it now rather than later. Drink now.

     

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86
Spain 2008 Vega Sicilia Valbuena - 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Vega Sicilia’s 2008 Tinto Valbuena 5 Anos is compelling. A young, intense wine, the 2008 is going to need significant time to fully come together, but it boasts superb depth, persistence and a total sense of harmony. Hints of cedar, tobacco and sweet spices wrap around an intense core of dark fruit.

    -- Antonio Galloni 94 Antonio Galloni Not Available Jan 2014

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94
Spain 2010 Vega Sicilia Valbuena 1 Case 75cl
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  • Since the 2010 harvest, they ferment plot by plot, and it shows. This Valbuena has almost 100 components in it, smaller lots, all of them corresponding to a plot of vines. It has all the signs of being one of the best vintages ever for this second wine from Vega Sicilia, mostly Tempranillo but with 5% Merlot that matured five months in 20,000-liter oak vats, 18 months in new barriques (equal parts French and American oak), three months in used barrels and then five months in the vats again before being bottled in May 2013. 2010 seems to have the exuberance of the 2011 and the seriousness and elegance of 2009. It has the Burgundian philosophy of terroir, with all plots fermented and aged separately, giving each vineyard what it needs in terms of vinification and elevage resulting in something like 40 separate lots to blend. This wine has gained in precision and sharpness, and is very pure with delineated aromas and flavors. It is a world-class wine, possibly the best Valbuena ever. 180,000 bottles and some bigger-sized formats were filled. The wine will be released in 2015. Drink 2016-2025.

    Score: 96 Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

    With the new winery coming on stream in 2010, winemaker Javier Ausás has benefited from the luxury of keeping 100 smaller parcels of fruit apart during vinification instead of only 25 larger lots as in years gone by. With a brooding, dense nose and magnificent attack on the palate it is clear from the outset that this is a stellar Valbuena. Leather, oak, spice and sensational tannins make this a phenomenal treat and the flavour lingers indefinitely. This is every inch a classic Vega-Sicilia and with this wine coinciding its release with a lighter than normal Unico this was the wine (along with Pintia) which stole the show. I am certain that in ten or twenty year's time this will be hailed as one of the landmark Valbuenas in the long history of this imperial estate. (2020 - 2040)

    Score: 19+ Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, March 2015

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96
Spain 2011 Vega Siclia Valbuena 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    $150

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2025

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    30th Oct 2015

    Source

    221, The Wine Advocate

    The 2011 Valbuena was fermented plot by plot, something they started after a deep soil study in the 2010 vintage. 2011 was a very warm and ripe vintage in the zone, and the challenge was to keep the freshness. There are more black fruit aromas, subtle spices and hints of complexity, as well as tertiary aromas that are quite classic and turn more balsamic with time in the glass. Again, this is very different form the 2012 Alión, rounder, riper, richer, more polished, mellow, soft, quite exuberant and hedonistic. 170,000 bottles produced.

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94
Spain 2012 Macan Rothschild & Vega Sicilia 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating

    93+

    Release Price

    $90

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2022

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2018

    Source

    235, The Wine Advocate

    The 2012s had somehow escaped me in my previous visit to Rioja, so I took the opportunity to taste them now so there is a reference about them in the database. I also had the chance to taste the 2012 Macán in the context of the 2013 and 2014 vintages, so it's good to provide context. 2012 was a dry and healthy vintage that produced ripe grapes. I'm glad I tasted it, and I think I saw it in a very good moment of its evolution, where the oak seems better integrated, still keeping its primary flavors, with very good balance and polished tannins but already developing some complexity and nuances. 54,889 bottles, 1,689 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in June 2014.

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93
Spain 2012 Vega Sicilia Alion 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    $90

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2022

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    30th Oct 2015

    Source

    221, The Wine Advocate

    2012 has to be one of the best recent vintages of Alión. This 2012 Alión is pure Tempranillo from vineyards averaging 25 to 30 years of age, harvested at the end of September and matured for 14 months in new French oak barrels. The nose is much more elegant than the Pintia from Toro (I tasted them together), still very fresh and primary but with a special brightness of fruit, shiny cherries, raspberries, something effervescent, open and somehow exuberant. The palate is quite round, much more polished, with some notes of dark chocolate, some subtle volatility, elegant, fresh and long. It has the balance and stuffing to develop nicely in bottle. Superb balance, Ribera character, clean, modern classic. 280,000 bottles were produced.

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95
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