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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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    RED Wine      
    AALTO
A top Ribera Del Duero domaine, making powerful, well structured, long lasting wines.

RP: Bodegas y Vinedos Aalto is a partnership between legendary vigneron Mariano Garcia and Javier Zaccagnini, former President of the governing body of the Ribera del Duero DO. Aalto is sourced from 7 different villages on a variety of soils with vineyard age ranging from 40-100 years and was aged for 24 months in French and American oak.
   
 
26
75cl
'AALTO'
Aalto
Ribera del Duero

RP -
A glass-coating opaque purple color, it is already displaying a complex aromatic array of sandalwood, smoke, espresso, lavender, Asian spices, and assorted blue and black fruits. Smooth-textured, succulent, and structured, it will evolve for 2-3 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2028+. In the scheme of things, it offers great value in top-flight Ribera del Duero.
2008 £42.00 RP95
2013-28
30
75cl
'AALTO PS'
Aalto
Ribera del Duero

RP -
A glass-coating opaque purple color, it is already displaying a complex aromatic array of sandalwood, smoke, espresso, lavender, Asian spices, and assorted blue and black fruits. Smooth-textured, succulent, and structured, it will evolve for 2-3 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2028+. In the scheme of things, it offers great value in top-flight Ribera del Duero.
2008 £82.00 RP95
2013-18

This is the score and review notes for the standard Aalto wine, as the PS has not been reviewed yet.

This means the PS will even be better!

46
75cl
'AALTO PS'
Aalto
Ribera del Duero

RP -
The glass-staining 2006 Aalto PS was aged for 32 months in 70% new French oak. It emits a super-expressive aromatic array of pain grille, crushed stone, lavender, spice box, and blackberry. Firm and structured on the palate, it has a boatload of intense, succulent, spicy fruit, ripe tannin, and impeccable balance.
2006 £80.00 RP96
2016-36
           
    ALION
Bodegas Alion was started by the renowned estate of Vega Sicilia in 1991. Grapes are sourced from vineyards next to the winery and from Vega Sicilia’s own vineyards at Valbuena. Eighteen hectares of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) form the actual Alion estate.
   
 
12
75cl
Vega Sicilia ALION
Bodegas Alion
(Vega Sicilia)
Ribera del Duero

RP -
If I was asked to hold up a bottle of what modern Ribera del Duero should taste like and what is should aspire to, the 2008 Alion would be the one in my hand. It has more intensity and volume on the nose when compared directly with the 2007. Tasted in February 2012, and then in January 2013, it remains a fabulous expression of Ribera del Duero. It boasts of heavenly bouquet of black plum, crushed violets and tobacco that soar from the glass, while displaying a level of delineation that would serve a lesson to many of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, silky-smooth tannins that belie the structure underneath. The acidity lends the 2008 a little more edginess than the 2007, while the finish has a wonderful sense of symmetry and focus.
World class.
2008 £49.00 RP95
2016-25+
30
75cl
Vega Sicilia ALION
Bodegas Alion
(Vega Sicilia)
Ribera del Duero

RP -
The 2004 Alion is inky purple-coloured with an alluring perfume of toasty oak, lavender, violets, mineral, blackberry, and blueberry compote. This is followed by a full-bodied, rich, opulent, wine with incipient complexity, and notes of liquorice, mocha, and espresso emerging on the palate. The lengthy finish is pure and persistent.
2004 £59.00 RP96
2011-25

Top Vintage!

           
    HACIENDA MONASTERIO
A very good domaine, making excellent full-bodied, tasty wines.
    The wines of Hacienda Monasterio are made by the renowned Peter Sisseck of Pingus fame.
72
75cl
CRIANZA
Hacienda Monasterio
Ribera del Duero

RP -
The saturated purple 2006 Crianza offers up a nose of graphite, smoke, espresso, black cherry and blackberry. This leads to a medium to full-bodied, dense wine with layers of savoury fruit, a firm structure, and 4-6 years of aging potential. Drink this classy effort from 2014 to 2026.
2006 £39.00 RP92
2014-26
           
    MARQUES de CONCORDIA
Good domaine, making excellent Rioja in the more modern 'easy drinking' style.
   
 
36
75cl
RIOJA RESERVA
Marques de Concordia
Rioja
2001 £14.00 2001 is a TOP Spanish vintage. These are wonderful full-bodied wines, that can be enjoyed now or will keep till 2015.
           
    MARQUES de MURRIETA
A long established domaine, making Rioja's in the classic style at a fair price.
   
 
60
75cl
RIOJA RESERVA
Marques de Murrieta
Rioja

RP -
The 2007 Reserva shows far greater pedigree than the 2006. The blend is approximately the same with an additional two months in American oak. It exhibits greater intensity on the nose with elegant red fruit, mingling with lavender and terracotta aromas. It is well-defined and speaks of its place. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy, well-defined entry. Crisp red fruit, sage and a touch of orange rind vie for attention, while the oak is succinctly well-integrated.
The cocoa-tinged finish is both satisfying and long.
2007 £17.00 RP90
2014-27

2007 is a TOP Spanish vintage.

52
75cl
RIOJA RESERVA
Marques de Murrieta
Rioja

RP -
The 2004 Reserva (of which there are a mere 80,000 cases) is a blend of 91% Tempranillo, 6% Garnacha, and 3% Mazuelo aged for 22 months in a mix of new and used American oak. Medium to dark ruby-coloured, it offers up a stylish bouquet of cedar, leather, tobacco, spice box, and blackberry. Medium-bodied, nicely balanced, and succulent, this ripe, tasty wine from a superb vintage will evolve for 3-4 years and perform at its best between 2011 and 2019.
It is a very good value in the classic Rioja style.
2004 £19.00 RP89
2011-24

2004 is a TOP Spanish vintage, which is drinking well now!

           
    MARQUES de RISCAL
An excellent domaine, making some of the best Rioja for the price!
   
 
89
75cl
RIOJA RESERVA
Marques de Riscal
Rioja

A classic Rioja with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak. Full deep round taste with good body and structure.
90% Tempranillo from wines between 15-30 years old.
Aged in oak for 24months.

Classy wine!
2004 £18.00 2004 is a TOP Spanish vintage

 Wonderful quality wine at a reasonable price.

           
    NUMANTHIA
A top Toro domaine, making excellent wines from very old vines; making full, concentrated and tasty wine.
This is an up and coming appellation; currently prices are still reasonable, but this will change when this wine area becomes better known.
   
 
26
75cl
'NUMANTHIA'
Numanthia
Toro

RP -
The 2003 Numanthia was fashioned from yields of one ton of fruit per acre .
This cuvee is made from 70- to 100-year-old vines planted at a 2,300 foot elevation, which no doubt accounts for the freshness in this massively rich, intense red.
A vivid, intense nose of espresso roast, pain grille, sweet black cherries, and crème de cassis is followed by a full-bodied, intensely-concentrated, rich, well-delineated, moderately structured wine.
2003 £38.00 RP96
2006-24
           
    PESQUERA,
ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZ

A top Ribera del Duero estate, well worth trying as something different to Rioja
   
 
90
75cl
PESQUERA CRIANZA
A. Fernandez
Ribera del Duero

RP -
The 2005 Tinto Pesquera Crianza is purple in colour with an excellent bouquet of cedar, tobacco, spice box, and blackberry. On the palate it offers layers of ripe black fruits, mineral notes, outstanding depth, and a lengthy finish.
2005 £22.00  

RP92
2012-25

58
75cl
PESQUERA RESERVA
A. Fernandez
Ribera del Duero

RP -
The 2006 Pesquera Reserva is purple-coloured with an expressive perfume of earth, leather, spice box, lavender, and blackberry. Layered on the palate, it has ample savoury fruit, good richness, and 3-4 years of cellaring potential.
2006 £29.00  

RP92
2014-26

49
75cl
PESQUERA RESERVA
A. Fernandez
Ribera del Duero

ST -
Inky ruby. Seductively aromatic nose offers ripe red and dark berries, smoky minerals, aged beef, baking spices and flowers. Sweet black raspberry and cassis flavours are firmed by youthfully bitter tannins and complicated by floral pastille, vanilla bean and sweet chewing tobacco qualities. This is already showing some complexity, so it wouldn't be criminal to drink it now, but I'd leave mine alone for at least another six years.
2005 £31.00  

ST94
2012-25

12
75cl
PESQUERA RESERVA
A. Fernandez
Ribera del Duero

RP -
A whopper in the making, the 2001 Tinto possesses extraordinarily sweet fruit, purity, and richness. A deep ruby/purple colour is followed by loads of chocolaty, black currant, cherry, raspberry, and liquorice characteristics, full body, good acidity, and a long, layered finish.
2001 £39.00 RP94
Now-2022

2001 is a wonderful vintage in Spain; this is a very fine wine for the price!

           
    DOMINO de PINGUS
A top Ribera del Duero estate who use Organic Methods in all the wine making. Their top wine "Pingus" is very sought and sells at £300 per bottle!
Their 2nd wine  "Flor de Pingus" is also of great quality, and represents great value compared to the top wine.
   
Peter Sisseck, a Dane trained in Bordeaux, was dispatched to Ribera del Duero, Spain, in 1990. 
From the start, Sisseck aimed to produce top quality wines in small quantities. He consequently sought out particular terroir and parcels of ancient vines. Pingus was the first wine he produced independently and it was a triumph.
It soared to worldwide acclaim, as did Peter’s reputation as a truly gifted winemaker.
Flor de Pingus then followed. 

Pingus is fully biodynamic and Flor is moving in that direction.
PSI Pingus is a new innovative project; 2007 being the first vintage.
96
75cl
PSI
  Domino de
Pingus
Ribera del Duero

Not Yet reviewed - but this wine gets better every year!
Recommended.
2011 £22.00 2014-23
67
75cl
PSI
  Domino de
Pingus
Ribera del Duero

RP -
The 2010 PSI has a more tightly wound bouquet than the 2009 with fresh blackberry, blueberry and vanilla essence that is well defined and harmonious. The palate is very well defined and the tannins, a little finer and more filigree than the 2009. It is fresh and natural, with precise dark berry and balsamic notes towards the finish. Thankfully the 2010 maintains its natural, almost -laid-back- persona and it represents the best PSI to date.
2010 £23.00 RP92
2013-21
64
75cl
PSI
  Domino de
Pingus
Ribera del Duero

RP -
The 2009 PSI is much more precocious on the nose compared to the 2008, a real step up in quality. It offers fresh strawberry, raspberry and a touch of cranberry, all infused with exotic notes of mango and orange essence. It blossoms beautifully in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with powdery tannins on the entry. There are subtle notes of blackberry, tobacco, tart cherry and pain grille that combine harmoniously on the understated, natural finish. This is drinking well now, but should age nicely over several years.
2009 £24.00 RP91
2012-19
47
75cl
PSI
  Domino de
Pingus
Ribera del Duero

RP -
The PSI is bestowed with an elegant bouquet with fresh raspberry, wild strawberry and crushed rose petals wafting gently from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannins on the entry. It is well balanced with slightly gourmand, red fruit laced with tobacco and a subtle saline tincture towards the finish.
2008 £21.00 RP86
2011-18
48
75cl
FLOR de PINGUS
Domino de Pingus
Ribera del Duero

RP - The 2011 Flor de Pingus demonstrates wonderful purity on the nose, perhaps more feminine and wily than the 2010 with luscious raspberry, blackberry and forest floor notes. The palate is full-bodied with filigree tannins and a little more volume than the 2010. It seems generous and very supple at this early juncture with a caressing, peppery finish that is extremely well focused. There 2011 has awesome potential and I cannot wait to taste this after two or three years in bottle.
2011 £68.00 RP95
2017-30
46
75cl
FLOR de PINGUS
Domino de Pingus
Ribera del Duero

RP - The 2010 Flor de Pingus is raised in 40% to 50% new French oak (Darnajou and Taransaud). It has a superb bouquet that is taut at first, but unfolds beautifully with very pure small dark cherries, cassis, orange blossom and a faint, attractive note of strawberry cheesecake. The palate is medium-bodied with sumptuous, plush tannins counterbalanced by the crisp thread of acidity. It has great clarity and tension with vibrant allspice and white pepper notes towards the finish that closes down a little, suggesting that it will need two or three years in bottle. Excellent.
2010 £62.00 RP92
2015-25
93
75cl
FLOR de PINGUS
Domino de Pingus
Ribera del Duero

RP - The 2009 Flor de Pingus (3000 cases) will ultimately spend 14 months in a mix of new and used French oak. It is opaque purple in color with a primary perfume of pain grille, mineral, spice box, incense, and blackberry. Locked and loaded with remarkable concentration and depth, this mouth-coating lengthy offering manages to incorporate some elegance into its powerful physique. It will drink well for 30-40 years.
2009 £74.00 RP98
2011-51
64
75cl
FLOR de PINGUS
Domino de Pingus
Ribera del Duero

RP - The 2008 Flor de Pingus had been in bottle for 2 weeks when I tasted it. It offers up an enticing nose of smoke, Asian spices, incense, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry. On the palate it displays outstanding volume, intensity, and balance. Rich, dense, and succulent, it has enough structure to evolve for 4-5 years and will offer prime drinking from 2015 to 2028.
2008 £69.00 RP96
2015-28
35
75cl
FLOR de PINGUS
Domino de Pingus
Ribera del Duero

RP - The 2007 Flor de Pingus exhibits a superb perfume of pain grille, pencil lead, espresso, mineral, black cherry, and blackberry. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied, seriously intense, rich wine that combines elegance with power. Impeccably balanced with the oak fully integrated, it has the structure for another 4-6 years of cellaring and will offer prime drinking from 2014 to 2027.
2007 £67.00 RP95
2014-27
112
75cl
FLOR de PINGUS
Domino de Pingus
Ribera del Duero


RP -
The 2006 Flor de Pingus spent 14 months in new French oak. Deep purple in colour, it gives up a superb bouquet of toasty oak, spice box, mineral, incense, black cherry, and blackberry. Youthful, full-bodied, intense, and powerful on the palate, it retains an elegant personality despite its size. Splendidly balanced, it will evolve for 4-6 years and deliver prime drinking from 2013 to 2026.
It is a superb value in great wine considering that the price of Pingus Junior is one-tenth that of Pingus.
2006 £65.00 RP94
2013-26
31
75cl
FLOR de PINGUS
Domino de Pingus
Ribera del Duero


RP -
In the wonderful 2004 vintage, owner/winemaker Peter Sisseck has outdone himself.
If I were just starting to build a wine collection and had limited income, I can think of no better foundation than a dozen bottles of 2004 Flor de Pingus.
In the context of the world’s great wines, it is a stupendous value, a steal. It is 100% Tempranillo from very low yields and is aged 14 months in 100% new French barriques. Opaque purple in colour, it emits already complex aromas of smoke, toast, coffee, blueberry, blackberry, and liquorice. Lush on the palate, super ripe and sweet, as well as multi-dimensional, this great effort can be drunk now, but I’d opt for cellaring it for 6-8 years to allow further evolution.
2004 £137.00 RP97
2007-24

Top Vintage!

15
75cl
FLOR de PINGUS
Domino de Pingus
Ribera del Duero


RP -
The 2003 Flor de Pingus exhibits an exuberant, expressive nose of crème de cassis, graphite, liquorice, smoke, espresso roast, and aged beef-like characteristics. A superb texture, sweet tannin, and an opulent, voluptuous mid-palate and finish.
2003 £70.00 RP95
2005-20
           
    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!
60
75cl
FINCA SAN MARTIN
Rioja Crianza
La Rioja Alta

A lovely every day "Drinking Wine" to accompany light meals; or just by itself!
2010 £12.00 2013-19
59
75cl
'VIÑA ARANA'
Rioja Reserva
La Rioja Alta

RP -
The 2005 Viña Arana Reserva has a fresh bouquet of orange blossom, quince, violets and dark cherries. The palate is succulent on the entry with vivacious maraschino cherry, red currant and blood orange. It displays a very fine build and a silky smooth texture that segues to a poised, mint-tinged, bright and animated finish.
2005 £17.00 RP93
2013-22
59
75cl
'VIÑA ARDANZA'
Rioja Reserva
La Rioja Alta

RP -
The 2004 Viña 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
2004 £19.00 RP93
2012-25
Reserved
for
Client
75cl
'VIÑA ARDANZA'
Rioja Reserva Especial
La Rioja Alta

RP -
The current release is the 2001 Reserva Especial, a deeply coloured wine with a lovely perfume of cinnamon, lavender, incense, balsamic, and black cherry. Medium-bodied, velvety-textured, and already complex, it will continue to evolve for another 5-10 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2036. For those seeking immediate gratification, it has the virtue of being approachable now.
2001 £29.00 RP93
2012-30

The Reserva Especial is made only by La Rioja Alta in  the greatest years (there have been three to date, 2001, 1973, and 1964) - which is why it is called "Especial"

Try it - and see for yourself if you agree!

125
75cl
RIOJA GRAN RESERVA 904
La Rioja Alta

RP -
The 2001 Gran Reserva 904 is dark ruby-coloured with a garnet rim, it displays a lovely nose of Asian spices, incense, tobacco, balsamic, and blackberry.
On the palate it has exceptional depth, layers of spicy black fruit, excellent ripeness, and an elegant personality.
It should continue to evolve for another 5-6 years and drink well through 2040.

 
2001 £34.00 RP96
2010-40

There are usually four vintages a decade of La Rioja Alta’s Gran Reserva 904. It is made from a blend of Tempranillo and Graciano and aged for 5 years in barrel and 5 years in bottle prior to release.
 
           
    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!
24
75cl
Rioja Reserva
Bodegas RODA

RP -
The 2008 Roda Reserva starts with notes of toasty oak and a shy, reticent nose of cherries and other red fruits, very Rioja, with a good splash of sweet spices. They only use French oak, but it smells so classical that I could have sworn there was some American oak in there, which for me is a great compliment. It is lighter than the norm for this wine, medium-bodied, with a great freshness in the palate. A great, approachable classical Rioja.
2008 £28.00 RP91
2014-22
24
75cl
RODA I
Rioja Reserva
Bodegas RODA

RP -
The 2006 Roda I Reserva has a sultry bouquet with brambly black fruit, briar, and a touch of dried rose petal, all with fine delineation. The palate is tannic and masculine on the entry. It is well-defined with touches of dried blood and spice, the fruit opting to remain in the background and allowing intriguing spicy, savoury notes to dominate the middle and finish. It deserves another three of four years in bottle so that it can fully express itself.
2006 £36.00 RP90
2015-25
18
75cl
RODA I
Rioja Reserva
Bodegas RODA

RP -
The purple-coloured 2005 Roda I Reserva offers up aromas of toast, scorched earth, tobacco, incense, black cherry, and blackberry. More powerful and structured than the 2004, it still manages to be light on its feet, offering up plenty of succulent black fruit flavors, incipient complexity, and a 45-second finish.
2005 £45.00 RP92
2015-35
6
75cl
RODA I
Rioja Reserva
Bodegas RODA

RP -
The 2004 vintage was a great one in Rioja (as it was in the rest of Spain). The 2004 Roda I Reserva is purple-coloured with an expressive, youthful bouquet of wood smoke, espresso, incense, tobacco, black cherry, and blackberry. Structured on the palate, it has enough ripe tannin to evolve for another 6-8 years. Sweetly fruited, it has superior depth and concentration, layered savoury flavors, and a lengthy, pure finish.
2004 £49.00 RP95
2015-34
           
    VALSACRO
A top producer of long lasting Rioja wines.
   
 
8
75cl
'DIORIO SELECCION'
Valsacro
Rioja

RP -
The prodigious 2001 Dioro Seleccion is a 200-case cuvee packaged in a heavy bottle. Aged completely in French oak, this loaded 2001 boasts a deep purple colour as well as a sweet perfume of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, tobacco leaves, crème de cassis, cherries, cola, and smoky new oak. Full-bodied and ripe, with superb purity and a multilayered texture, this exceptional red should hit its peak in 2-4 years, and last for 15+.
2001 £42.00 RP96
2006-24

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