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Bodegas Muga Selection Especial Reserva 2011 JS95/WS93/RP92
Bodegas Muga Selection Especial Reserva 2011
Robert Parker 稱它為"Rioja 的Lafite ", 是西班牙Rioja的頂級靚莊，Twitter上最火爆的酒莊之一，英女王也鍾愛有加。Muga Selection Especial Reserva 2011, JS95/WS93/RP92, 高海拔的梯田葡萄園，6個月新法國橡木桶熟成，再加24個月美國橡木桶。入樽後在酒窖再陳年18個月使之完美。70% Tempranillo, 20%Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo, 3%Graciano
James Suckling 95分:
A complex nose of dried strawberries with slate and white-truffle undertones. Hints of Spanish cedar. Full body, juicy tannins and bright acidity that follows through to a long, clean and earthy finish. A great wine that shows structure and complexity. Drink or hold.
93 Wine Spectator:
This red has a firm backbone and a solid texture, with harmonious flavors of plum, blackberry, licorice, cocoa and espresso. Concentrated yet graceful. Drink now through 2026.
92 Wine Advocate:
The 2011 Reserva Selección Especial, from a warmer and drier year compared with the average (as well as the previous harvest), has a similar blend as the regular Muga Reserva; it is 65% Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, and it was fermented in small vats with indigenous yeasts. The different varieties and grapes are fermented and aged separately, the first year in new oak and the second one in used barrels. 2011 is a powerful vintage for this cuvée, which now shows quite marked by toasty aromas. Warm vintages usually need longer in bottle to integrate the oak, but experience shows that it gets absorbed and in fact the evolution of this wine in bottle is very good. Even if the nose recommends to wait, the palate is very balanced, with remarkably ripe tannins for such warm year, which can sometime produce some harsh tannins. Not the case here, where the wine shows good elegance and balance. This is a very reliable cuvée, quite stable across vintages.
La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja 2004 #22 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013
La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja 2004
#22 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013
94 points Wine Spectator: Cedar, tobacco and spice hints frame dried cherry, berry and vanilla notes in this silky red. The flavors mingle nicely, framed by juicy acidity and light but firm tannins. The wine has a lovely, weightless intensity. A fine example of the traditional style.
93 points The Wine Advocate: The 2004 Vina Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from 30-year-old vines in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. It is aged for 36 months in four-year-old American oak. It has a very enticing bouquet with dark cherry, Christmas cake, dried fig and espresso with fine delineation and bags of exuberance. The palate is medium-bodied with taut tannins, underpinned by a keen citric thread that cuts through the licorice-tinged, dark berry and allspice-tinged fruit with style. It is simply delicious on the bittersweet finish.
93 points Decanter: 2004 was one of the decade's finest vintages in Rioja. Ardanza, with 20% Garnacha added to the Tempranillo, shows the typical generous appeal of the brand. A traditional favourite, polished and refurbished by winemaker Julio Sáenz.
La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja 2008 (RP93, JS94)
La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja 2008
95 Points Decanter:
The best classic style of Grenache and Tempranillo pulling together joyful fruit expression and serious depth. In the mouth it is amazingly complex and so unique. A benchmark Rioja blend. A rich, sweet and savoury Reserva style with all the red cherries and a strong Grenache influence. It is somewhat old-fashioned, in a good way, with plentiful integrated oak and a fine rasp of tannin. This has a wonderful oxidative style, giving it a superb savoury nose of leather. It is a perfect combination of mellowness versus vigour, and at the same time exudes great finesse.
93 Points James Suckling:
Aromatic nose of dried strawberries and flowers follows through to a full body, soft and velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Opulent and delicious yet refined. Drink now.
93 Points Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate:
Vintages for Viña Ardanza seem to be going fast. It seems like yesterday that the 2001 was released and now the 2008 Viña Ardanza is already here. This is the first vintage when they have been able to use the fruit from their new Garnacha vineyards in the village of Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), La Pedriza, which represents 20% of the blend complementing the majority of Tempranillo. The wine was put in barrel in March 2009, separately; the Tempranillo was in four-year-old barrels for 36 months with six rackings, and the Garnacha in second and third use barrels for 30 months with five rackings. Vintages might go fast, but the wine does not feel too young, which was my fear. There are notes of stewed meat, cured leather, cloves, other spices and an overall balsamic character. The palate feels solid, consistent, nicely built, with abundant tannins and good balancing acidity. This should stand up to food and be able to develop in bottle.
90 Points Wine Spectator:
Cedar, tea and tobacco notes frame the dried cherry, vanilla and orange peel flavors in this traditional red. Offers good depth and lively acidity, with an alluring, spicy finish. An old-school style, compact and balanced. Drink now through 2023.
La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2007 (JS97,WA95)
La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2007
Tempranillo (90%) and Graciano (10%) from vines over 60 years old in vineyards in Briñas, Labastida and Villalba.
97 points James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2016:
Wonderful purity of fruit with a strawberry, currant and plum character. Full and velvety body with ultra-fine tannins and a delicious fresh and fruity finish. Classic Rioja style. Que lindo! Drink now.
95 points Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (226), August 2016:
If Viña Ardanza seems to be going fast, the Gran Reserva 904 is even faster and we're now on the 2007 Gran Reserva 904. This wants to be the classic Gran Reserva--polished, silky and elegant, with aging potential. It is a blend of Tempranillo with 10% Mazuelo aged for four years in well-seasoned American oak barrels, with eight manual rackings. I found that the freshness of the vintage and its relatively young age gave the wine a youngish character that I loved, combining developed notes of meat, spices, leather and balsam with almost cherry-like aromas. The palate feels balanced and elegant, with fine-grained and fully resolved tannins and great acidity. This vintage of 904 surprised me! 150,000 bottles produced.
La Rioja Alta is not resting on their laurels, as they are investing nine million Euros in improving their vineyards and winery, including an optical sorting table.
Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2001 Guia Peñín 97/WA94
Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2001
Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial是Marqués de Murrieta酒莊的旗艦酒款，也是酒莊傳統派釀製的代表作品（其現代派代表作品則是同樣產自於Ygay酒窖的另一酒款Dalmau），它來自於海拔485米，古老的單一園La Plana（這塊土地歷來只用於“特級珍藏”的生產），經過兩年半的美國橡木桶陳年與三年的瓶陳時間。
94 pts Wine Advocate :
I reported on the current release, the 2001 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, previously but underrated it slightly. This cuvee is sourced from a single plot called La Plana planted at over 1500 feet of elevation. It is made up of 93% Tempranillo and 7% Mazuelo chosen for its acidity. The wine is aged for 10 months in new American oak followed by 21 months in seasoned oak. It is then held in bottle for 3-4 years prior to release. Deeply colored, spicy, elegant and complex, the wine has great volume and grip as well as exceptional length. It can be approached now but will easily have a 30 year lifespan.
Guia Peñín 97
Falstaff Magazin 96
Huon Hooke 95
Wine Advocate 94
International Wine Cellar 92,
Vina Tondonia Reserva Lopez de Heredia 2004 WA94
Vina Tondonia Reserva Lopez de Heredia 2004
品種： 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 10% Graciano and Mazuelo
酒莊成立於1877年， Rioja最古老的三家酒莊之一，這家酒莊至今仍被認為是傳統Rioja的衛士，時至今日，他們仍在以最古老的方式釀酒，一切就像一百多年前的模樣，經典的韻味十足。 酒莊 屬於R. López de Heredia家族，擁有四塊葡萄田（Viña Tondonia， ViñaCubillo， Viña Bosconia和 Viña Zaconia）。其中Tondonia出產的葡萄酒最為出名，也代表了家族醉高品質葡萄酒。根據Rioja產區分級制度: Reserva 級別的紅葡萄酒至少酒窖陳年 3 年，其中在橡木桶中陳釀至少 1 年。這款Tinto Reserva 2004僅在橡木桶中陳年就用了6年時間，遠遠超過了法定陳年的時間。2004年是里奧哈產區非常優秀的年份，這一年出產的葡萄酒有足夠的實力可以經受住長期的橡木桶陳放，從而達到果香和陳年香氣的平衡，表現複雜，圓潤細膩。就連RP都認為其適飲期可以長達到2025年。
94 points Wine Advocate:
The 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva is a completely different story. It is a worthy follower of the 2001, the greatest of the Viña Tondonia Reservas of recent times. It has the usual blend and usual levels of alcohol and acidity, bottled after six years in oak barrels. The nose feels savory (if that's possible–umami?) and developed, with tertiary aromas and good balance between spices, leathery notes, cherries and balsamic notes of cigar box and incense. The palate is both round and crisp, with refined tannins. It has very good balance with subtle acidity and very good persistence.
Vina Tondonia Reserva Lopez de Heredia 2005 Decanter 96/JS94/WA93
Vina Tondonia Reserva Lopez de Heredia 2005
品種： 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 10% Graciano and Mazuelo
酒莊成立於1877年， Rioja最古老的三家酒莊之一，這家酒莊至今仍被認為是傳統Rioja的衛士，時至今日，他們仍在以最古老的方式釀酒，一切就像一百多年前的模樣，經典的韻味十足。 酒莊 屬於R. López de Heredia家族，擁有四塊葡萄田（Viña Tondonia， ViñaCubillo， Viña Bosconia和 Viña Zaconia）。其中Tondonia出產的葡萄酒最為出名，也代表了家族醉高品質葡萄酒。根據Rioja產區分級制度: Reserva 級別的紅葡萄酒至少酒窖陳年 3 年，其中在橡木桶中陳釀至少 1 年。這款Tinto Reserva 2005僅在橡木桶中陳年就用了6年時間，遠遠超過了法定陳年的時間。2005年是里奧哈產區非常優秀的年份，這一年出產的葡萄酒有足夠的實力可以經受住長期的橡木桶陳放，從而達到果香和陳年香氣的平衡，表現複雜，圓潤細膩。就連RP都認為其適飲期可以長達到2025年。
96 pts Decanter: Traditional Rioja at its ageworthy best, the Tondonia red is a cuvee of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha and 5% each of Graciano and Mazuelo. Leafy, gamey and sweet, with tangy acidity and a volatile lift.
94 pts James Suckling: Lovely depth of fruit to this mature red with chocolate, dark tea and bark. Purple flowers and violets. Full and very silky and refined. A beautiful traditional wine to get to know.
93 pts Wine Advocate: The 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from their vineyards in the meander of the Ebro River, where they have some 100 hectares of vineyards. The wine fermented in the original oak vats that are now some 140 years of age. There is no temperature control and malolactic was also in the vat. The wine was transferred to oak barrels where it slowly matured in their deep, humid caves for no less than six years. After this, it was bottled unfiltered after being fined with egg whites. I think the quality gap between the Reserva and Gran Reserva has been getting smaller since the 2001 vintage and this 2005 is nothing short of exceptional. It's clean and complex, with more freshness. The wine is very spicy and with a palate that feels very balanced, livelier than in the past. It has a long finish where the flavors are clean. Easy to drink and very pleasurable. Some 250,000 bottles were produced in 2005.