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Where available, tasting scores and notes are by Robert Parker (RP) and taken from his website www.erobertparker.com,  Stephen Tanzer (ST) from www.wineaccess.com and Wine Spectator (WS) and taken from www.winespectator.com
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    ALION, VEGA SICILIA
A top Ribera Del Duero domaine
 
   
 
20
75cl
'ALION'
Vega Sicilia Alion
Ribera del Duero

RP/Luis Gutierrez -
The highly anticipated 2016 Alión spent 12 months in oak barrels, 80% of them new and built mainly with French oak but with some 5% American oak, and some 10% of the volume matured in 15,000-liter concrete vats. It hits the scale at 15% alcohol and has moderate acidity, showing ripe black fruit and a creamy texture. 2016 has to be one of the freshest and most elegant vintages of Alión, a year with depth, freshness and terrific balance.
2016 £67.00 RP/LG95
2020-28

 
    VEGA SICILIA
A leading Ribera Del Duero domaine making very long lasting wines - full and flavoursome; highly recommended!
 
   
 
15
75cl
'VALBUENA No.5'
Vega Sicilia
Ribera del Duero

RP/Luis Gutierrez -
The 2014 Valbuena, mostly Tempranillo with some 5% Merlot fermented by plot, making a selection from their 210 hectares of vineyards, and then matured in a combination of barriques and larger 20,000-liter oak vats. 2014 is a spectacular vintage of Valbuena, and it reminds me of the 2010, perhaps a tad more elegant and less powerful. It's expressive and has floral notes on the nose along with wild berries, herbs and a spicy and smoky touch that's nicely integrated. It has good complexity and nuance, and the palate is medium to full-bodied and intense, with pungent flavours and great length and persistence. Truly spectacular!
2014 £108.00 RP/LG96
2019-30

 
9
75cl
'VALBUENA No.5'
Vega Sicilia
Ribera del Duero

RP/Luis Gutierrez -
Since the 2010 harvest, they ferment plot by plot, and it shows. This Valbuena has almost 100 components in it, smaller lots, all of them corresponding to a plot of vines.  2010 seems to have the exuberance of the 2011 and the seriousness and elegance of 2009. It has the Burgundian philosophy of terroir, with all plots fermented and aged separately, giving each vineyard what it needs in terms of vinification and élevage resulting in something like 40 separate lots to blend. This wine has gained in precision and sharpness, and is very pure with delineated aromas and flavours. It is a world-class wine, possibly the best Valbuena ever.
2010 £165.00 RP/LG96
2016-28

 
           
    LA RIOJA ALTA
“La Rioja Alta was founded in the town of Haro in 1890. They own 450 hectares of vineyard from which their entire portfolio is sourced, predominantly Tempranillo complemented by Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha. Another tenet is their use of American rather than French oak. The wood is cured for two years outdoors before being shaped and hammered into barrels at their own cooperage. Quite simply, these are some of the finest Rioja's that can grace your cellar: complex, refined, classic but without compromising fruit intensity and to reiterate: wines that speak about where they come from.” Neal Martin, Wine Advocate #202, Aug 2012
   
GREAT Quality RIOJAS!
31
75cl
TORRE DE ONA MARTELO
Rioja Reserva
La Rioja Alta

New Wine/Background:

This wine is from a single
2 hectare plot at their Torre de Ona estate in Rioja Alavesa.
La Rioja Alta have dedicated a considerable amount of time and money into perfecting the wine and this is the first vintage of Martelo that they have released.
They have spent 20 years identifying the best parcel of the estate –this is a true labour of love.

 

It is predominantly Tempranillo with small amounts of Mazuelo, Garnacha and Viura and spends 24 months in 80% American and 20% French oak barrels. It represents a departure to a slightly more modern style for this bastion of traditional winemaking. The results are brilliant and they see this as being one of their prestige wines in years to come.

2012 £26.00 Tim Atkin90
2018-30
41
75cl
'VIÑA ARANA GRAN RESERVA'
Rioja Gran Reserva
La Rioja Alta

RP/Luiz Gutierrez -
The
2012 was an unusual vintage in Rioja, as it was warm and dry, but the wines are fresher than those from 2011. The 2012 Viña Arana shows that character, as it's ripe and has concentration but is quite balanced. There are some creamy notes and plenty of underbrush, wet forest floor, spice and smoke, very recognizable as Rioja. It's clean, aromatic and open. Very pleasant and approachable, with enough grip to stand up to most foods. This is already a Gran Reserva.
2012 £28.00 RP/LG91+
2019-27
25
75cl
'GRAN RESERVA 904'
Rioja Gran Reserva
La Rioja Alta

RP/Luiz Gutierrez -
It seems like yesterday when the superb 2001 was released, and now I already have the 2010 Gran Reserva 904 in my glass. It has to be among the greatest modern time vintages of this mythical bottling, where they aim for a wine that has a long aging potential. This is mostly Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 13.5% alcohol, and it matured in fourth-used American oak barrels for four years, during which time the wine was racked every six months. It has the combination of elegance and power only the best vintages are capable of, with the classical aromas, great detail and nuance, very good balance and persistence. They consider 2010 among the best years of this century, and maybe future generations will talk about 2010 like we talk about the great classical vintages of yesterday today. The palate is polished but shows plenty of energy and tension, the tannins are very fine and elegant, and the flavours are focused and clean. This has to be one of the greatest wines from the vintage. A legend in the making.
2010 £49.00 RP/LG96+
2019-35

TOP Vintage!

22
75cl
'GRAN RESERVA 904'
Rioja Gran Reserva
La Rioja Alta

jancisrobinson.com -
Lovely evolution and freshness. Sinewy and like a refreshing poultice on the palate somehow. Camomile aromas and real delicacy. Bravo!
1997 £78.00 JR17.5/20
2015-25
           
    RODA
A Top Domaine that has been making quality Rioja's sine 1987.

Their philosophy is to transmit the authentic character of each vintage through its wine.
They are one of the most classic of Rioja's modern wineries.
   
Full bodied yet elegant Rioja's!
14
75cl
Rioja Reserva
Bodegas RODA

RP -
This is one of the warmest years for Roda, a ripe and heady, hedonistic vintage. What I like about the wine is that it does not display any signs of over ripeness, perhaps because of some cooler days in July that slowed things down. The nose is serious and without excess, with the oak also perfectly integrated into the fruit, which is in the foreground. The palate is also terribly balanced, with very fine tannins. This is very pleasant and tasty. This wine has a profile to be a great commercial success.
2011 £25.00 RP92
2016-24
           
           
 

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