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Spain 1995 Pingus 6 Bottle 75cl
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  • 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.

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92
Spain 2001 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 1 Case 6 75cl
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  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    $150

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2026

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2013

    Source

    210, The Wine Advocate

    2001 is a great vintage for all the wines from La Rioja Alta but the long-awaited 2001 Gran Reserva 890 is otherworldly. 2001 was a slow maturing vintage which produced smaller grapes especially in the old vineyards on the slopes of the Sierra Cantabria in the villages of Brinas, Labastida and Villalba where the vineyards that make it into this wine are located. The final blend contains a majority of Tempranillo with 3% Graciano and 2% Mazuelo. The wine ferments with the natural yeasts attached to the grapes in stainless steel vats and is aged for six years in used American oak barrels with 12 manual rackings. A selection of the best barrels were blended together and bottled unfiltered in March 2008. Only 15,000 bottles were produced. It shows (even) younger and more concentrated than the 2004 904, a darker shade of red and a somehow backward and reticent nose (relatively speaking) of forest floor, cold bonfire, antique shop, truffles, game, sandalwood, nutmeg and clove. The fruit is also a little darker and the palate more austere, but still showing vibrant and supple, with clean flavors and a great finish. This is my favorite modern time 890. Bravo! Drink 2016-2026.  

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95
Spain 2008 Psi, Pingus 1 Case 12 75cl
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  • Rating:

    86

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    NA

    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 2012 Macan Rothschild & Vega Sicilia 1 Case 12 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 12 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
Spain 2014 Alvaro Palacios l’Ermita Velles Vinyes 2 Bottle 75cl
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Spain 2014 Terroir Al Limit Les Manyes 1 Case 6 75cl
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  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $290

    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.

     

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98
Spain 2015 La Faraona, Descendientes de J. Palacios 2 Bottle 75cl
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Spain 2015 Alvaro Palacios l’Ermita Velles Vinyes 2 Bottle 75cl
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