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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.
Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Valbelle 2009 (WS94)
Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Valbelle 2009 (WS94)
Blend: 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah
#10 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
94 Wine Spectator : A gorgeous wine, with an interplay of ripe, dripping blackberry, cassis and plum sauce flavors providing the flesh, offset by smoldering charcoal, tobacco and bittersweet cocoa notes, which provide the angles. The long finish has nice intensity. Best from 2012 through 2022. 1,175 cases made.
Winemaker notes: We didn't release Valbelle in 2008 because the wine had been blended into the Gigondas Classique. This is nice to see Valbelle coming back in 2009 with its very specific style. It generates complexity, depth and balance. 2009 Valbelle combines well the tannic power of the vintage with the roundness and the softness always found in Valbelle. Find notes of strawberry, thyme, white pepper and graphite.
Chateau de Saint Cosme Les Deux Albion 2013 (RP90)
Chateau de Saint Cosme Les Deux Albion 2013
產區： Cotes du Rhone
品種： Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Clairette
90 points The Wine Advocate: The 2013 Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions is 50-60% Syrah and the rest Grenache and other permitted varieties. It exhibits classic Syrah character with its sweet dark fruits, pepper, wood smoke and crushed rock-like minerality. Medium to full-bodied, it bucks the vintage stereotype and has a rounded, supple texture, good concentration and plenty of length. Possibly outstanding, it should have a decade of longevity.
Winemaker Notes: Co-fermented in concrete vats as usual, it develops a good density, good color and a length that is usual of a great vintage. 80% of the cuvée was aged in concrete vats, which help to create the best expression. Its fruit full of terroir develops and shows characteristics of gingerbread, strawberries and violets.
Chateau Pesquie Artemia 2005 (JD92)
Chateau Pesquie Artemia 2005
產區： Cotes du Ventoux, Southern Rhone
品種： 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache (50 years old vines and more)
A 50:50 blend of high-altitude old Grenache and Syrah at 400 m on old galets. Nose : A very aromatic nose with grilled and black berries note and a nice minerality. Mouth : The very balanced mouth associates fruit and power of syrah and the richness, the unctuousness and the spices from old grenache.
評分： Rhone Report Jeb Dunnuck 92 points cellartracker 91.1 points
Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale, Tardieu-Laurent 2004
Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale, Tardieu-Laurent 2004
產區：Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone
品種：100% Grenache 評分：
93 points Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (211), February 2014: The 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale is a beauty. Comprised of 100% Grenache and aged 24 months (on lees) in used barrels, it offers a gorgeous bouquet of sweet kirsch, underbrush, crushed flowers and red licorice that's followed by a full-bodied, sweetly fruited and textured profile on the palate. Showing more and more spice with air, it's an impressive 2004 that will continue to shine for another 4-5 years, possibly longer.
Chateauneuf du Pape, Clos St Jean 2008 (WA90)
Chateauneuf du Pape, Clos St Jean 2008
【Robert Parker 最鍾意的酒莊之一: Clos St Jean 來自法國隆河谷】
Clos Saint Jean 是在1900年由Edmund Tacussel所建立。現任莊主Pascal 和Vincent Maurel兩兄弟於父親Guy Maurel過世後分工接掌酒莊，以傳承多年的家族技藝，延續了酒莊的好名聲。曾經讚美clos saint jean是南法地區品質水準提升最快速的酒莊的 Robert Parker, 除了不斷給予極高度的評價外，更曾公開宣佈Clos saint Jean是他2011年度最鍾意的四家酒莊之一。
2008年是教皇新堡 (Chateauneuf du pape)的經典年份，但Clos saint Jean 依然釀造出其它酒莊難以置信的超優異水準， 其中酒莊頂級酒款Deus Ex-Machina和Sanctus Sanctorum獲得完美評價，其它酒款亦獲得好評。今日介紹的基本款教皇新堡，由60%Grenache 和Syrah, Mourvedre, 以及極少量的Cinsault, Muscardin, 和Vaccareze 混釀，香氣濃郁，熟莓、花香，酸度適中，單寧平滑，整體平衡，舒服易飲。
90 Points Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014:
A wine I've had numerous times, the 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape has a Burgundian feel in its black cherry, forest floor, pepper and underbrush-like aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, elegant and seamless, it's a delicious, certainly outstanding wine to drink over the coming 3-5 years. Put this in a blind tasting with top-notch Burgundies and shock your friends. Drink 2014 - 2019
Clarendon Hills Blewitt Springs Grenache 2005 (ST93,RP91)
Clarendon Hills Blewitt Springs Grenache 2005
93 points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar (Oct 2007): Deep ruby. Explosive raspberry, blackberry and blueberry scents, along with suave Asian spices and fresh rose. Mouth-filling red berry flavors offer impressive clarity and silky texture for such volume. Velvety tannins add shape to this dense, strikingly sweet fruit bomb. I would be tempted to drink it now, just to wallow in the seductive fruit.
92 points Wine & Spirits (Oct 2008) :This has the dried grape skin character of an Amarone, but with a completely different flavor. Peppermint oil, sour cherry and strawberry scents emerge out of an initially black attack. The underlying earthiness will match short ribs.
91 points Robert Parker Wine Advocate (Oct 2007): The 2005 Grenache Blewitt Springs is leaner and more structured than the Hickinbotham.
91 points Wine Spectator (Oct 2007): Smooth and ripe, with pomegranate and red cherry fruit at the core and a strong overlay of peppery spice. The slightly gritty tannins need cellaring, but this should get there. Best from 2009 through 2015 .
ABOUT THIS VINEYARD
This is a Premier Cru vineyard that, by definition offers a perfect balance of roundness and approachable enjoyability in the short term- however has all the structural components and balance to comfortably cellar for decades. Within the Premier Cru vineyard calibre, each bottle indemnifies its owner with wines that balance short term enjoyment with future decades of pleasure. The site itself is located in Blewitt Springs and was planted in 1920. Old vines provide very small, thick skinned berries and this is evident in the natural expression from this vineyard.
Clarendon Hills Onkaparinga Grenache 2007 (JH94)
Clarendon Hills Onkaparinga Grenache 2007 **This wine forms part of Clarendon Hills Grand Cru classification. 94 points James Halliday: “While the colour is slightly more developed than the ’07 Kangarilla Grenache, here the wine is in balance; spice and red berry aromas are followed by a complex palate, adding a touch of forest to the overall expression. Will be long lived if the cork permits.” James Halliday Wine Companion, 2011 93 points eRobertParker.COM: “My favorite of the 2007 Grenache cuvees is the 2007 Grenache Onkaparinga. Aside from being the most approachable, it has the most enticing perfume with its notes of underbrush, incense, lavender, black cherry and blackberry liqueur. Velvety but with some underlying tannin, it has succulent fruit, impeccable balance, and a lengthy finish.” Jay Miller, eRobertParker.com, 2009
Clarendon Hills Romas Grenache 2007 (WS93,WA91)
Clarendon Hills Romas Grenache 2007
93 points Wine Spectator: Firm, slightly gritty in texture, giving way to pure, focused black currant, plum and spice flavors. Weaves in a touch of tar on the long, expressive finish.
91 points Wine Advocate: The 2007 Romas Vineyard Grenache has a medium garnet-purple color and moderately intense dried cherry and mulberry aromas with some spicy fruits of the forest compote and dark chocolate notes. Crisp, concentrated and very spicy on the palate, it offers a medium level of chewy tannins and a long opulent finish.
91 points Wine Enthusiast: The rare Australian Grenache you might consider cellaring for more than a couple of years, the 2007 Romas features dark, plummy fruit accented with hints of coffee and chocolate. It’s full bodied and richly textured without being overly astringent, with a long finish. Drink 2012–2020.
ABOUT THIS VINEYARD:
The Romas Grenache site is located in Blewitt Springs and was planted in 1920.
The 'Romas Grenache' is the steepest, most elevated section of the Blewitt Springs Grenache vineyard.
its uniquely special characters warrant its isolation and quarantine from the lower part of the Blewitt Springs vineyard.
This patch sits at 280 metres above sea level and is approximately 7 Kms to the ocean.
It enjoys a perfect due East aspect on a hillside that in some places reaches above a +40˚ slope gradient.
The old vines struggle to survive on a steep rock hill face with yields a microscopic 0.5 tonne / acre.
Each of the Blewitt Springs, Romas and Onkaparinga Grenache sites are planted on the same hill side. The Blewitt Springs and Romas patches are due East facing and the Onkaparinga site is at the uppermost hilltop/crown area but is western facing. All sites are within 200 metres of each other and offering special and individual expressions.
These vineyards are globally unique - the unparalleled combination of 95+ year old, pre phylloxera vines planted in the oldest geology planet earth - surveyed at 1600 million years old ;produces rare and exotic exhibitions of Grenache, not seen anywhere else in the world.
Underneath these old vines are primordial, ancient formations. There is a complete lack in nitrogenous matter available for plants/vines seeking nutrient and this results in extremely limited growth capabilities (Romas vines are approx 30 cm tall and each site produces less than 1 tonne / acre.
The environment has effectively reduced the output potential of these vines. The rich and ancient minerals present in the root zone of these special 95+ year old vines also impart rare physiological components to the vines and excellent grapes are a result.
Cotes du Ventoux Artemia, Chateau Pesquie 2010 (WA93)
Cotes du Ventoux Artemia, Chateau Pesquie 2010
品種： 50% Grenache, 50% Syrah
93 Points Wine Advocate 2014:
The top cuvee from one of the benchmark estates in the Ventoux, the 2010 Cotes du Ventoux Artemia is a blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah, with the Grenache coming from 80+-year-old vines and the Syrah from 50+-year-old vines. Aged 18 months in barrel, it offers a deep, rich and layered profile of blackberry, licorice, underbrush and ground herbs. Showing more chocolaty nuances with air, it's a serious, medium to full-bodied wine that has beautiful balance, a great mid-palate and fantastic length. Give it another year or two, and enjoy it over the following decade.
Domaine Lafage Nicolas Grenache Noir Vieilles Vignes 2012 (WA93) (WA93)
Domaine Lafage Nicolas Grenache Noir Vieilles Vignes 2012
產區： IGP Côtes Catalanes 南法
100 % Grenache noir 65年老滕， 2013年巴黎杯金獎
93 points The Wine Advocate:
The 2012 Cotes Catalanes Cuvee Nicolas is an off-the-hook value. Named after Jean-Marc's son and made from 100% Grenache from higher elevation sites in the Aspres region, fermented with 20% stems and aged half in demi-muid, it offers layers of kirsch, underbrush, licorice and serious floral notes in its medium to full-bodied, elegant and seamless profile. Getting a big "wow" in the notes and showing fine tannin and serious length, it should be snatched up by savvy readers and consumed over the coming 3-4 years.
**Run by the talented (and fast driving) Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage, from their cellar located just outside of Perpignan (which is being completely renovated), this estate includes vineyards spread throughout the Roussillon, allowing them to make the most of the diverse terroirs and micro-climates. I
Famille Perrin Vinsobres "Les Cornuds" 2011 (RP88)
Famille Perrin Vinsobres "Les Cornuds" 2011
品種： blend of Grenache and Syrah
88 points Wine Advocate , Robert Parker - 01/02/2014
More serious and endowed with more muscle and richness is the 2011 Perrin Vinsobres Les Cornuds. This wine comes from the very cool northern sector of the Cotes du Rhône appellation, which is a treasure trove for Syrah. The Perrins vinify the Syrah in truncated tanks and then age it in barrel, while the Grenache is fermented and aged in stainless steel, with blending taking place after six months. This beautiful 2011 displays plenty of black cherry fruit and lavender as well as hints of blackberry, licorice and graphite. Medium-bodied, richly fruity and offering loads of perfume, this is a wine to drink over the next several years.
We really like the terroir of Vinsobres, a beautiful village located near Vaison la Romaine; The vineyard is at an altitude of 300m and is situated for the most part on terraces. Vinsobres is particularly suitable for Syrah because it preserves the finesse which is often lost in more southern climates. It develops notes of violet, smoked meat and blackberries. Grenache is also suited to this terroir, full bodied and not heavy, with notes of black chocolate, cherry and typical Garrigue aromas.
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.
Vacqueyras Cuvee de L'Hostellerie, Domaine La Garrigue 2010
Vacqueyras Cuvee de L'Hostellerie, Domaine La Garrigue 2010
Age of vines: 40-60 years. Aging: 18 months in concrete tank.
品種：75% Grenache, 25% Syrah
91 Points Wine Advocate: Traditionally brought up with no concessions to modern winemaking, although it exhibits a touch of vanillin, indicating that some of the Syrah may have been aged in new oak, it is a youthful black/purple-colored wine with elegance, dense, full-bodied power, blackberry, cassis, kirsch and loamy soil notes intermixed with lavender and spice box. This superb, beautifully textured, pure, slightly structured Vacqueyras will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring, and keep for 10-12 years.
Saturated ruby. Exotic floral aromas of black raspberry and cherry, with a note of pungent herbs in the background. Stains the palate with intense dark berry and floral pastille flavors enlivened by juicy acidity. The floral quality carries through the long, seamless finish, which shows impressive intensity and focus. -Vinous
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.