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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.
Bodegas Volver Triga 2012
產區: DO Alicante, Valencia, Spain
品種: 85% Monastrell, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
建議陳年： 至2025 Triga is a brand-new project from Jorge Ordóñez and winemaker Rafael Cañizares and produced together with famous Australian winemaker Chris Ringland.. The five vineyards used to produce Triga are located near the largest marble quarry in the world. Four of the five vineyards are planted with Monastrell, the oldest of which was planted in 1925. The fifth vineyard is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in 1981. Triga’s vineyards stand on fossilized chalk with a stone topsoil at an altitude of 700-750 meters above sea level. Most of these vines are un-grafted and Phylloxera-free.
WS 94, ST93
93 Points, Vinous Antonio Galloni “85% Monastrell and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Made from the estate's oldest Monastrell vines, planted back to 1925. Inky ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes fresh black and blue fruits, incense, potpourri and five-spice powder. Stains the palate with intense boysenberry and cherry compote flavors, given spine and lift by a zesty mineral nuance. Densely packed yet lithe, finishing with outstanding thrust and smooth tannins that build slowly.” 94 Points, Guia Peñin “Colour: cherry, garnet rim. Nose: mineral, expressive, spicy. Palate: flavourful, ripe fruit, long, good acidity, balanced.”
Descendientes de J. Palacios Petalos 2013, Spain
產區：Bierzo 品種： 100% Mencia
獎項: ＃53 of Top 100 Wine Spectator 2015. Wine Spectator 91: Expressive black cherry, currant, licorice, mineral and smoke flavors mingle in this focused red. The texture is gentle but firm, with well-integrated tannins and racy acidity providing structure. A compact wine that shows good intensity. Drink now through 2023. 30,000 cases made. —TM
Descendientes de J. Palacios Petalos由Mencia葡萄釀製（據說這種葡萄與法國的Cabernet Franc 源自同一品種），單寧如絲絨般柔滑，是西班牙最優雅的紅葡萄之一。在全新法國橡木桶陳年數月，以樹齡40-90年的老藤上採收的葡萄，未過濾裝瓶而成。帶有黑色櫻桃、礦石、香料和些少皮革的香氣，酒體細緻均衡，單寧柔順，整體平易近人。莊主Alvaro Palacios榮獲Wine Enthusiast 2003年最佳釀酒師，也榮獲Decanter Man of the Year 2015 。
Emilio Moro, Emilio Moro 2014
Emilio Moro, Emilio Moro 2014
產區： Ribera del Duero, Spain
品種： 100% Tempranillo (Tinto Fino)
90 Points Wine Spectator - "Black cherry, licorice, espresso and loamy earth flavors mingle in this solid red. Firm tannins and fresh acidity impart structure. Shows lively fruit for balance. Drink now through 2024. "
90 Points Wine Advocate - "The 2014 Emilio Moro was produced with grapes from vineyards ranging between 12 and 25 years old, fermented with yeasts selected from their own vineyards in stainless steel vats, and aged in 50/50 French and American oak barrels (one-third new) for one year. There are some faint toasty notes denoting a very young wine, but in general it's very fruit-driven and quite harmonious. Time in bottle has polished it and given it a sleek texture and nicely integrated oak. Very approachable and ready. "
Emilio Moro, Malleolus 2009
Emilio Moro, Malleolus 2009
產區： Ribera del Duero, Spain
品種： 100% Tempranillo (Tinto Fino)
92 Points Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Malleolus is sourced from 25- to 75-year-old vines aged for 18 months in new French oak. It has a rather predictable nose with that veneer of glossy, vanilla-tinged oak and yet you cannot deny that it is well-defined and maintains good freshness, with the fruit suggesting it will meld together with time. The palate is ripe and voluptuous with sensual black cherries, blueberry and layers of creamy oak on the finish. Although it needs to develop more individuality through its bottle evolution, it is undeniably very well-crafted and will please those who love opulent Ribera del Duero wines"
92 Points International Wine Cellar - "Opaque ruby. Highly nuanced aromas of cherry compote, smoky minerals, vanilla and candied flowers. Offers seductively sweet red and dark fruit and floral pastille flavors, with exotic floral tones and sweet oak in the background. This powerful yet lively wine finishes with excellent thrust and supple tannins."
Herència Altés Garnatxa Blanca Benufet 2015 (WA91)
Herència Altés Garnatxa Blanca Benufet 2015
產區：DO Terra Alta, Catalunya, Spain
91 Points, Wine Advocate "The intriguing nose of the 2015 Benufet is already developing a petrol-like note combined with the meaty white fruit Garnacha Blanca is able to achieve, especially from extremely old vines like this. There is also a faint peachy pit note. The palate is very tasty, it makes you salivate. There is a salty feeling to this that I love. It makes it very tasty. It should age nicely. 7,500 bottles..”
90 Points, James Suckling ："Very aromatic with a muscat-type personality and a seriously fresh acidity that will be too much for some. However, this has plenty of substance and good length. Drink now.”
Jorge Ordoñez & Co. Botani Moscatel Old Vines 2015
Jorge Ordoñez & Co. Botani Moscatel Old Vines 2015
Robert Parker's Top 3 Greatest Value Wines of the Year: #2 @ 2013, #3 @2016
91 POINTS, ROBERT PARKER - 2015 Vintage
"A steal that I’ve been recommending for a number of years is the 2015 Botani Moscatel Old Vines. Totally dry and made from vines planted in 1946, 1968 and 1975, from the incredibly steep slate and quartz hillsides of Malaga, this is fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel, where it’s aged and bottled after eight months sur lie. An incredibly gorgeous flowery bouquet alone would be reason to spend the $18.00 for this medium-bodied, super-fragrant and seductive, crisp, elegant wine. The old vines, the beautiful floral notes and stunning, delicate tropical fruits that the Muscat of Alexandria varietal (the oldest clone in the Muscat family) produces, are just something to behold. Not meant for aging, but for drinking in its first year of life, so take advantage of it. For those interested: this is fermented in total stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and bottled early to preserve its incredible aromatics."
90 POINTS, ROBERT PARKER - 2014 Vintage
90 POINTS, ROBERT PARKER - 2013 Vintage
90 POINTS, ROBERT PARKER - 2012 Vintage
91 POINTS, ROBERT PARKER - 2011 Vintage
Botani Moscatel Old Vines is a truly unique dry white wine, made from Moscatel de Alejandría grapes. It is the product of a rigorous selection process in which only the best Moscatel vines, located on the north-facing mountainside slopes around the town of Almáchar are used. These vineyards are situated on partially decomposed red slate mixed with white quartz. The scant topsoil is punctuated by outcroppings of the bedrock. Because of the steep incline of the vineyards, the grapes are manually harvested into small 10-kilogram boxes, carried to the winery by mules.
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,
PSI Peter Sisseck 2009 (WA91)
PSI Peter Sisseck 2009
產區：Ribera del Duero, Spain
丹麥人Peter Sisseck 所創立的 Dominio de Pingus 是西班牙Ribera del Duero產區的超級酒莊。近10年來得到眾多酒評家的讚賞，令酒價升到飛起，聲勢媲美同酒區的老字號頂級酒莊Vega Sicilia。Peter Sisseck擅長發掘產區內優質的老樹葡萄園，加上Biodynamic 的耕種和管理，更發揮其潛力，除了早已聲名遠播的Pingus 和 副牌 Flor de Pingus之外， 最新力作就是這支以希臘文第23個字母所命名的PSI 紅酒，主要採收來自產區內不同的老滕葡萄園，並說服果農以Biodynamic的方式來種植葡萄，並發揮出100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)的特有風味。
Tarima Hill Bodegas Volver 2015 #17 Wine Spectator Top 100 of the Year 2017
Tarima Hill Bodegas Volver 2015
#17 Wine Spectator Top 100 of the Year 2017
93 pts Jeb Dunnuck:
From old vines and aged 14-16 months in French oak, the 2015 Tarima Hill sports an inky color as well as a smoking bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, pepper, and dried flowers. It's broad, expansive, and sweetly fruited, with a great mid-palate and sweet tannin. It's a sexy fruit bomb done with class!
92 pts Wine Spectator:
This red shows grace and depth. Black cherry, plum, mineral and smoke flavors mingle harmoniously over well-integrated tannins, while lively acidity keeps this focused. Not showy, but all the pieces fit together. Balanced, in the modern style. Drink now through 2025.
91 pts Vinous:
"(made from vines planted in 1935 and 1970; fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks and aged in new and used French and American oak barrels) Bright purple. Heady, exotic aromas of candied dark fruits, incense, vanilla and smoky minerals, backed by subtle floral notes. Sweet and broad on the palate, offering intense blueberry and cherry-vanilla flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Hangs on with strong tenacity on the finish, which features velvety tannins and an echo of sweet blue fruit."
Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva 1987 (WA94)
BODEGAS Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva 1987
94 Points Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate, Apr 2016 :
Each year they select a number of single vintage, sweet PX wines to be bottled, the first of which (besides the young wine) is the 1987 Don Px Gran Reserva in 2016 - a wine aged in American oak casks for some 28 years. These wines are almost indestructible, so the drinking windows are mostly academic. This showcases the classical aromas and palate of an old PX from Montilla, strong notes of dark chocolate, dried figs and plums, raisins and sweet spices; the dense, thick and persistent palate where the 380 grams of unfermented sugar are not noticeable, as they are balanced by good acidity that also gets concentrated by age. This is probably the densest of all the wines I tasted today, and there is a distinct, perfumed, almost floral note here (is it violet pastille?), which makes it extremely attractive. It's also the most drinkable of all these old vintages, very balanced within its sweet profile, with marked flavors (also licorice and black olives) that stay in your mouth for one minute. Exotic and exuberant. This is incredibly young and lively, and very good value for the age and quality it delivers. 52,000 liters bottled.
產區：D.O. Montilla-Moriles, Spain
品種: 100% Pedro Ximénez
釀酒 : Selected lots of Pedro Ximénez are destined for oak barrels, sealed and left for decades in single-vintage state. After a minimum of 25 years, thereby becoming a Gran Reserva, vintages are selected for release only when they have attained classical character. Opaque, black mahogany color with a caramel-like bite.
釀酒師: Antonio Sánchez Romero
酒莊： BODEGAS TORO ALBALÁ, Founded in 1844, occupying Aguilar de la Frontera's former power station in 1922. In 1970 Toro Albalá was the first Montilla producer to commercialize bottled dessert Pedro Ximénez and remains the world's only specialist in 100% Vintage PX. Impeccable and authentic Fino, Amontillado and Oloroso containing only the natural alcohol from fermentation are produced by the classic solera method.
Vega Sicilia Alion 2013 WA94/JR17+
西班牙國寶級Vega-Sicilia 加持，飲家必選: Vega Sicilia Alion 2013
Vega Sicilia 買下了15公里外的破產的Bodegas Liceo, 成立Alion, 目標是"Born to make History" 。1991年成為莊主Pablo Alvarez 第三個仔(大仔酒王Unico, 二仔Valbuena, 和96年出世的細仔Pintia)。100% Tempranillo, 來自靚區Ribera del Duero的靚村Valbuena, Pesquera, Padilla, 30年樹齡, 14個月全新法國最出名橡木桶(Radoux/Taranssaud/Saury/Vicard), 出售前入瓶再15個月以上係酒窖陳年。
94 pts Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (229), February 2017:
The careful selection of the grapes and the work directives even for the purchased grapes has clearly paid off in the 2013 Alión, which has great freshness and perfume. It was cropped from a relatively normal growing season, but with a cold September with some rains that provoked a slight delay in the picking and especially the seed for a severe sorting of the grapes. It's considered a challenging vintage in general, and the bottles produced are slightly less than in the healthier 2012. It's always pure Tempranillo from over 30-year-old vines in different villages: Pesquera, Padilla, Moradillo... It fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts after a three-day cold soak, followed by malolactic and 12-14 months in new French barriques. It might be a lighter vintage for Alión, but one that has a subtler profile and harmony. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, with a thread of acidity going through its core and lifting it up. An elegant Alión. 260,000 bottles and some larger formats were filled in May 2015.
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.