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Alto Moncayo Aquilon 2013 Garnacha Spanish Red Wine 750 mL
Alto Moncayo Aquilon 2013 Garnacha Spanish Red Wine 750 mL

rated 94 Vinous Media December 2015 drink 2021-2027

"(aged in new French and American oak barrels for two years) Inky purple. Explosive spice- and smoke-accented aromas of ripe dark fruits, potpourri and candied licorice, with a zesty white pepper quality emerging as the wine opens up. Sweet, expansive and round on the palate, offering intense, mineral-laced blackberry and violet pastille flavors and repeating smokiness. Utterly stains the palate and shows noteworthy power and lift on the strikingly long finish, with building tannins adding shape and grip. There are only 200 cases of this elegant bruiser, which is made from a selection of the estate's oldest vines, most of which were planted over 100 years ago." -- Josh Raynolds

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Benjamin Romeo Contador Rioja 2011 Spanish Red Wine 750 mL
Benjamin Romeo Contador Rioja 2011 Spanish Red Wine 750 mL

Wine Advocate 96 points - The 2011 Contador is a compact, tight-knit wine, serious and backward that needs plenty of air. It’s still a baby showing the typical aromas that only the very best barrels can give and that you only find in a very few top wines (and I’m thinking of Pingus here). However, the personality is quite different, akin to a young Nuits-St-Georges, with very fine tannins and subtle acidity. I feel the wine needs a couple of years in the bottle. Drink 2016-2022. .Luis Gutierrez, December/201

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Benjamin Romeo Contador Rioja 2012 Spanish Red Wine 750 mL
Benjamin Romeo Contador Rioja 2012 Spanish Red Wine 750 mL

97 Wine Advocate April 2015

One of the best showings for this wine in years, the 2012 Contador has an intoxicating nose of violets, lilies, blueberries and black cherries, with great harmony, denoting superb elegance. The palate is silky, with world-class tannins and texture, focused, clean flavors, very good balance and gob-smacking power and elegance. A rare combination. This is truly other wordy. It has the balance, stuffing, acidity and minerality to have a long life in bottle, but its exuberant youth is difficult to resist. Unfortunately, wines like this come at a price. I tasted two bottles, and even though it's not as polished as the Carmen Gran Reserva, it was approachable. But it would clearly benefit from more time in bottle. A couple of weeks later, I was served it and didn't recognize the wine at all; I found it extremely oaky and extracted, and in fact I guessed it to be a Tempranillo from Toro, which was disturbing when the wine was revealed as I didn't identify it at all (not even Rioja!). It showed very differently. We all know different bottles and circumstances show very differently, so I thought this was relevant to be mentioned here, as it made me hesitate. They told me the day of that blind tasting was a root day, but still I'm adding a question mark to my score, which might ultimately bee too conservative. 5,900 bottles produced. I tasted an impressive portfolio of wines from Benjamín Romeo, one of the best I can remember, with Contador going back to the elegance and Chambolle-like purity that I remember from vintages like 2000, but cleaner and more focused. The more traditional Carmen shows how the modern and traditional styles can coexist and even converge. Bravo Benjamín!

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Bodegas El Nido Clio 2014 Red Spanish Wine 750 mL
Bodegas El Nido Clio 2014 Red Spanish Wine 750 mL

91 Points for the 2011 vintage

"Blackberry, cocoa, licorice and toast notes are rich and expressive in this thick, syrupy red. Well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity lend structure. Exhibits good concentration, in the modern style. Monastrell and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2021." - Wine Spectator

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Bodegas El Nido El Nido 2013 Cabernet Monastrell Blend Red Spanish Jumilla Wine 1.5 L
Bodegas El Nido El Nido 2013 Cabernet Monastrell Blend Red Spanish Jumilla Wine 1.5 L

one bottle on hand, no discounts

Rating for 2012 vintage 94 points VM Jan 2016 (raised in a combination of new French and American oak barrels for two years): Opaque purple. The highly expressive bouquet evokes black and blue fruit preserves, pipe tobacco, candied licorice, vanilla and smoky Indian spices. Lush and creamy in texture, with palate-coating cassis and cherry-vanilla flavors that are enlivened by juicy acidity and zesty minerality.

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Bodegas El Nido El Nido 2013 Red Spanish Jumilla Wine
Bodegas El Nido El Nido 2013 Red Spanish Jumilla Wine

Rated 95 Points from Wine Spectator:

October 15, 2016

"Concentrated yet balanced, this rich, modern red is dense and fleshy, with muscular tannins and balsamic acidity supporting the thick texture. Ripe and heady flavors of blackberry, kirsch, currant, anise and dark chocolate mingle. Best from 2018 through 2028. 400 cases made." –TM

 

Rated 94 Points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

eRobertParker.com, #225 June, 2016

"The top of the range 2013 El Nido boasts a whopping 16% alcohol with lowish acidity. The blend is reversed from its sibling Clio, in this case mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with some 30% Monastrell, and similarly finishes its fermentation in barrique where it undergoes malolactic and 23 months aging. The nose is dominated by ripe black fruit and plenty of spices and smoky notes from the oak, but does not show any herbal aromas so often found in Cabernet. The creamy oak seems to be more present with time in the glass, and I think it is still very young. The Cabernet can ripen nicely in Jumilla, in fact you have to be careful not to go over the limit. The palate is full-bodied, with dense sweet fruit and plenty of dusty tannins, with nice balance in an XL way. It has a lot of everything and it should develop nicely in bottle. This is a particular style, for the fans of soft, ripe and generously-oaked reds, very good in its style. Better to leave it in bottle for a while and enjoy with powerful food. 6,000 bottles produced and bottled in September 2015. Drink 2017-2023. "

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Bodegas El Nido El Nido 2013 Red Spanish Jumilla Wine 750 mL
Bodegas El Nido El Nido 2013 Red Spanish Jumilla Wine 750 mL

Wine Spectator 95 points August 2016

- Concentrated yet balanced, this rich, modern red is dense and fleshy, with muscular tannins and balsamic acidity supporting the thick texture. Ripe and heady flavors of blackberry, kirsch, currant, anise and dark chocolate mingle. Best from 2018 through 2028. From Spain.-T.M..August/2016

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Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Malleolus de Sanchomartin 2011 Spanish Red Wine 750 mL
Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Malleolus de Sanchomartin 2011 Spanish Red Wine 750 mL

94 Points, Wine Spectator

"This polished, modern red offers alluring aromas of lilac, cocoa and spice that follow through on the palate, picking up flavors of blackberry, mineral and toast. There's plenty of backbone behind the plush texture. The wine is fresh, harmonious and balanced. Drink now through 2024. 300 cases made." –TM, July 2013

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Bodegas LAN Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011 Spanish Red Wine
Bodegas LAN Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011 Spanish Red Wine
94 points - Wine Spectator, August 2015
2015 Top 100: 2015, Rank: 23
“This rich red delivers ripe, racy flavors of blackberry, kirsch, toast, spice and mineral. Plush but dense, with subtle yet powerful tannins and tangy acidity. A big wine, showing energy and style. Drink now through 2031. 6,250 cases made.” –TM
 
90 points - Wine Advocate, April 2015
"The 2011 Edición Limitada (or Limited Edition, you have both on the label) is a blend of Tempranillo with 12% Graciano and 8% Mazuelo aged for 15 months in barrels.With a core of black fruit aromas, it has plenty of balsamic and oak-driven notes highlighted by smoke, vanilla, clove and dill. The palate is medium to full-bodied with surprising acidity that seems to need a bit of time to integrate. 37,500 bottles." -Luis Gutierrez
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Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 White Burgundy Wine 750 mL
Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 White Burgundy Wine 750 mL

92+ Wine Advocate January 2016 The 2013 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has a very pretty bouquet, backward of course, but opening with hints of white peach and white flowers, the oak succinctly integrated. The palate is crisp and taut with a keen line of acidity, the 2014 is quite saline-like, with hints of ginger and spice furnishing the finish. This is a very fine Corton-Charlemagne that sits comfortably at the upper end of my banded score from last year. It may improve even further with continued bottle age. -Neal Martin


Importer(s): Becky Wasserman Selection, Passage Ste Helene, 24 place Carnot, Beaune, FRANCE, (+33) 380 26 20 60 , www.leserbet.com

 

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