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

Wine Spectator 95 points August 2016 for previous vintage

- 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 2013 Spanish Red Wine 750 mL
Bodegas LAN Rioja Edicion Limitada 2013 Spanish Red Wine 750 mL

Tasting notes Bright cherry with dark ruby hues. Aromas of forest fruits (plum, redcurrant) combined with sweet spices (clove, fennel) and mineral hints -a result of the combination of frank-clay, sand and alluvial soils in our "Vina Lanciano" vineyard-. Structured and fleshy, this modern Rioja's vibrancy comes as a result of the fruit shining again on the palate. Long and persistent finish. 

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Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 White Burgundy Wine 750 mL
Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 White Burgundy Wine 750 mL
95 points Vinous
 
  Light straw-yellow. Deep, soil-inflected aromas and flavors of white stone fruits, clove, hazelnut, marzipan, white pepper, smoke and minerals, with a note of orange bitters emerging after extended aeration. Wonderfully rich, silky and mouthfilling but not at all heavy, showing considerable baby fat for young Corton-Charlemagne but with a powerful stony underpinning. Seriously rich, ageworthy wine with a touch of dusty tannins and palate-saturating breadth and salty length. This wine is seriously satisfying right now but should undergo dramatic transformation over the years as it burns off some of its baby fat, which it started to do with 72 hours in the recorked bottle. A star of the vintage, showing no sign of heat or blurriness and communicating a very strong if fully ripe impression of terroir. (ST)   (9/2017)
 
92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound
  There is a discreet tropicality to the super-fresh nose of pear, apple, petrol and viognier-like aromas. The exceptionally rich, concentrated and intense medium weight plus flavors possess a lovely sense of vibrancy that continues onto the dry and even slightly austere finale. While not exactly classic in style, this beautifully textured effort is less 2015 in character than one might expect.   (6/2017)
 
92 points Decanter
  The Corton-Charlemagne is quite an ample, large-scaled wine this year, with a bouquet of confit citrus, green apple, white flowers and pineapple, framed by creamy oak vanillin. There is nice grip on the deep, full-bodied palate. There are parallels with the 2009, though the 2015 seems to be a touch more powerful and concentrated at this early stage.Drinking Window 2018 - 2030. (WK)   (2/2017)
 
90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  The 2015 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has a very pretty, quite seductive bouquet with disarming scents of lemon curd, white peach and Mirabelle, well defined and the oak neatly integrated. The palate is very well balanced with very good weight in the mouth, a lightly brush of honey, praline, hints of almond and a touch of sea salt towards the finish. I appreciate the subtle mineralité here that flourishes as this Corton-Charlemagne opens with aeration. (NM)   (12/2016) 
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Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2014 Napa Valley California Red Wine 750mL
Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2014 Napa Valley California Red Wine 750mL

93 points Wine Advocate December 2016

"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate from their Howell Mountain vineyards is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. A beauty, with mulberry, blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, graphite and spice, the wine cuts a broad swath across the palate with no hard edges. The color is a healthy, deep purple and the wine full-bodied, rich, and while drinkable now, is capable of evolving for up to 15-20 years." -Robert Parker

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Caduceus Cellars Anubis Arizona Red Wine 750 mL
Caduceus Cellars Anubis Arizona Red Wine 750 mL

Extremely Limited! "Comprised of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Petite Sirah, all of the grapes are sourced from Luna County, New Mexico." -The Winery

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Caduceus Cellars Nagual de la Naga Arizona Red Wine 750mL
Caduceus Cellars Nagual de la Naga Arizona Red Wine 750mL
"1990 Sassacaia, 1990 Masseto, I’d be thrilled to live in the immense shadow of the wine from this region of my 1st love, Tuscany. She has a spell cast over me. She taunts me like the Sirens. I believe it’s the dance between the Sangiovese and the Cab Sav. The beef and cherries. This template is by far the biggest guess. When this wine was conceived, no one in this area has attempted Sangiovese that I was aware of. Therefore no physical evidence to suggest that we would be able to pull off the NAGA. The Kundalini Serpent. The Mountain Goddess. Only the educated guess based on terrior and some faith in our intuition. We now know for certain that Sangiovese does well in both Southern and Northern Arizona as evidenced by the Nagual del MARZO and KITSUNÉ. The Naga will continue to be one our flagship blends. And as of 2010 this wine is now made from 100% Arizona fruit." -The Winery 

 

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