Wine of the Week #1546: La Rioja Alta 2001 Gran Reserva 890
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Wine of the Week #1544: 2004 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904
“At this quality level the price is superb especially considering that the wine is being released 10 years after the vintage..” – 96/100 Points – Luis Gutierrez / eRobertParker.com
Wine of the Week #1543: Penny’s Hill “Cracking Black” Shiraz
94/100 Points: “A picture-perfect example of medium-bodied McLaren Vale shiraz from an impressive vintage; blackberry, black cherry, dark chocolate and licorice engage the palate from the first sip; has very good length and balance.”
Wine of the Week #1542: Mr Riggs Tempranillo
94/100 Points: “Silky smooth with just enough attitude to set it apart. Flavours are in the cherry-plum and cola realm, though notes of peppercorn and chocolate, as modest as they are, are important aspects of the wine’s personality. Ultra fine-grained tannin, edges of mineral and finesse through the finish are all quality markers. Medium-weight but it h has presence.”
Spot Offer #116: Chateau l’Argenteyre Medoc
90/100 Points: ““Coffee, smoke, pencil led and toasty oak swirl around black fruit and a pleasant bitter, tannic grip in this robust red wine. Decant 1-2 hours and serve with filet for optimum pleasure. This AC wine finishes with vanilla smoke and cassis. Perfect with steak. A strong vintage for even Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux wines.”
Spot Offer #114: 2012 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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Wine of the Week #1537: Bodegas Tierra Hermosa Tempranillo “Neblerío”
93/100 Points: “Red fruits dominate the palate, underpinned by richer black fruits, a touch of blackberry and black cherry. There is a lot happening on the finish – juniper, some walnut and lots of black and red cherry.” (Derek Smedley, MW – International Wine Challenge)
Wine of the Week #1533: 2012 Vina Herminia Rioja “Excelsus”
The 2009 Excelsus was awarded a rating of 93 points and was ranked #39 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013. This is a winery to watch. This blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha is sourced from vineyards planted at altitudes of 700 metres on the foothills of the low-lying Sierra de Yerga mountains. Viña Herminia is emerging as a real leader in the Rioja, and the value and quality of their wines have attracted increased international acclaim.
Wine of the Week #1530: Vigilance Cabernet Sauvignon
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Wine of the Week #1528: 2013 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape “Telegramme”
“Telegramme” is the “2nd wine” of Vieux Telegraphe – one of the noble names of France’s southern Rhone Valley and one of the great wine estates of France. Vieux Telgraphe produces serious wines that are a must-have for serious wine collectors. Their flagship bottling from at Vieux Telegraphe comes from the famous “La Crau” site – a vineyard that would undoubtedly be amongst the very top “Grand Crus” if the Rhone used the same vineyard designation system found in Burgundy.
Wine of the Week #1524: 2007 Clos Figueras Priorat
If you’ve been following our newsletters for any period of time, you’ll know that I’ve got a bit of a thing for old vines – and the impact they can have on wine quality: low yields, stunning complexity and breathtaking concentration.