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2007 Marques de Murrieta "Castillo Ygay" Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Top Pick!
2007 Marques de Murrieta "Castillo Ygay" Gran Reserva Especial Rioja

98 points James Suckling: "The aromas of this show an amazing freshness of flowers and herbs such as lavender, rosemary, and violet. Then it goes to raspberry, candy and currants. Black licorice too. A truly great wine on the nose. Full-bodied, racy and linear. So polished. It's like a red ruby. 86% tempranillo and 14% mazuelo in the blend. For release in September 2015. Great length and future. Give it three years or so. Or decant two hours in advance." 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A worthy follow-up of the 2005, the 2007 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial will be released in late 2015. This is a cuvée of mos ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse San Francisco

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JS 98 RP 95

2007 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja Top Pick!
2007 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Viña Ardanza Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha, the Tempranillo from 30-year-old vineyards La Cuesta and Montecillo in the villages of Fuenmayor and Cenicero, and the Garnacha from old head-pruned vines at 600 meters altitude in Tudelilla, in Rioja Baja, from plots next to their Finca La Pedriza. Those should soon be mature enough to go into the wine (they were planted in 2004 and they will make it into the Ardanza blend from 2007-2008). The grapes are fermented separately with natural yeasts and the Tempranillo then matured in ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2011 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja Top Pick!
2011 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja

As is the case with so many other great spots in Spain, Bodega Casa Juan is located opposite the village church, in the beautiful walled pueblo of Laguardia. The winery is a converted flour mill, featuring concrete tanks for fermenting and blending the wine, and for ageing, barrels that are used for up to seven years. These are traditional Riojas in elaboration and spirit, though the site specificity of their Laguardia and Villabuena vineyards confers a fruit character all its own to these wines. And what fruit!This crianza is a potpouri of mixed berries... Read More » 


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2004 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" Reserva Rioja

94 points Robert Parker's 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 ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

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RP 94 WS 90

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja Top Pick!
2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja

92 points James Suckling: "This has a beautiful depth of fruit with spice and dark fruits. Hints of parsley and cilantro. Full and super silky with a long and beautiful finish." (5/2013) K&L Notes: Composed of the same grapes in the same percentages as the Crianza, the Reserva is a barrel selection of wines that Angel feels can undergo longer aging in barrel and then in bottle. Aged a total of 27 months in barrels, then into concrete for more than a year, the Reserva also sees bottle aging until Angel deems it ready for release. This wine ramps up the intensity of the Crianza, with more pungen... Read More » 


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JS 92

2007 Miguel Merino Reserva Rioja Top Pick!
2007 Miguel Merino Reserva Rioja

94 points Tim Atkin: "Combining fruit from two vineyards planted in the 1960s, this is a Tempranillo-based blend with a splash of Graciano and Mazuelo for extra acidity. Deeply coloured, with savoury black fruits, some dried herbs, attractive oak and a chalky, mineral flourish." (June 2015) A longtime participant in the wine business, Miguel sold wine for wine distributors in the States as well as worked as an export manager. Miguel found success every step of the way, and then decided that rather than retire, he wanted to fulfill his dream of owning vin... Read More » 


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2012 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja

A K&L Direct Import! Jesús Puelles is one of the most talented vignerons in Rioja. Hailing from a long line of vineyard worker/owners, Puelles knows the terruño in his little slice of land in the Rioja Alta town of Abalos. All of the grapes for his red wines come from his own 26 hectares, which are generally north facing and located between 300 and 600 meters in altitude, all within the village of Abalos, very rare in a region where sourcing from various villages and even sub-zones is more the norm. Produced from primarily estate fruit (Tempranillo, with... Read More » 


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2014 Bodegas Puelles Blanco Rioja

Jesús Puelles is one of the most talented vignerons in Rioja. Hailing from a long line of vineyard worker/owners, Puelles knows the terruño in his little slice of land in the Rioja Alta town of Abalos. Most of the grapes for his red wines come from his own 20 hectares, which are north-facing and located at 600 meters in altitude, affording the visitor with one of the most dramatically beautiful views of Rioja's main mountain ranges: the Sierra Cantabria mountains immediately to the north and the Sierra de la Demanda mountains to the south. This white win... Read More » 


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2015 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Tempranillo Rioja

Based in the Rioja Alta village of Badarán, Martínez Alesanco is a truly original bodega producing tasty, characterful wine for laughably low prices. They are entirely self reliant in grapes, all of which are grown in their home village of Badarán, one of the coldest zones of Rioja Alta. The vineyards are closer to the Sierra de la Demanda mountains, a range whose elevation and visible snow covered peaks are even more dramatic than the Sierra Cantabria range to the north. This is made from Tempranillo grown in iron rich clay soils. In fact, this red tin... Read More » 


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2004 Bodegas Puelles Gran Reserva Rioja

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Gran Reserva leans more towards the black fruit, with some notes of leather, ink and spices. It is a full-bodied wine, with perfumed flavors, meaty, whose tannins are still there and will require some powerful food. A young and powerful Gran Reserva. (LG)" (12/2013)  


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2003 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" Reserva Rioja (Previously $42.00)

95 points James Suckling: "Ripe aromas of dried fruits, plums and prunes. Flowers too. Full body, round and ripe textured tannins. Intense and powerful fruit. Layered. Powerful style. Very long. Richer than normal due to the the hot growing seasons of 2003. Aged for six years in old American oak barrels. Drink or hold." (7/2015) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Cigar box, cedar and balsamic notes frame cherry, raisin and licorice flavors in this lean, firm red. Displays grip and focus, with firm tannins and orange peel acidity. The spicy finish is fresh and long. A traditional style. Drink now through 2023. ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2004 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Bosconia" Reserva Rioja Top Pick!
2004 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Bosconia" Reserva Rioja

94 points James Suckling: "Very fruity and intense yet there's a finesse and subtlety. Full-bodied and rich but very polished and refined. Lots of dried fruit, earth and spice. Aged five to six years in old American oak casks. Drink or hold." (6/2015) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Vina Bosconia Reserva is a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho and the remaining 5% Mazuelo and Graciano aged for five years in used barrels, racked twice per year and fined with egg whites before being bottled unfiltered. Dark ruby-colored, with notes of beef blood, iron, antique shop, incense, blood orange and a touch of ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2015 Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado

Muga makes one of the most distinctively delicious rosados in Rioja, indeed in all of Spain. It is a style referred to locally as "clarete," which is a lighter type of rosé made by combining white wine with direct press rosé, as opposed to the saignee method where color is derived from a pre-fermentation maceration on the skins of the grapes. Unlike 99.9% of other rosé wines, this one also sees a brief period of time in used oak barrels. The wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Viura, and shows very precise, tangy small red berry fruits, as well ... Read More » 


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2010 Palacio del Burgo Reserva Rioja

93 points Wine Spectator: "*Highly Recommended* Plum, blood orange, black olive, toast and mineral notes mingle in this tight, bright red. Juicy acidity keeps this lively, while firm tannins impart focus. Graceful, with good intensity." (12/2015) 91 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. Deeply perfumed aromas of ripe dark berries, vanilla and mocha. Smooth, broad and sweet, displaying intense blackberry and boysenberry flavors and a repeating vanilla note. Juicy acidity provides focus and lift to the long, sweet, gently tannic finish, with a sexy floral pastille quality lingering. (JR)" (11/2015) 90 points Wine & Spirits: "Red-fruited and f ...Read More » 


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2011 Marqués de Murrieta Reserva Rioja

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I had two vintages to taste of the same wine, which always makes for an interesting comparison. The 2011 Rioja Reserva, their volume red, is a blend of 89% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 4% Graciano and 2% Garnacha Tinta from a diversity of plots in the Ygay Estate. The different varieties fermented separately in stainless steel vats. It matured in 225-liter American oak barrels for some 20 months, at least during eight months in new oak. The wine very clearly shows much riper fruit than the 2012; it is great to see the wine reflecting the much warmer conditio ...Read More » 


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RP 91

2010 Cune "Imperial" Reserva Rioja

94 points James Suckling: "Lots of plum, chocolate and rose aromas. Licorice and cloves too. Very subtle yet rich. Full-bodied, very fine and balanced. Lovely firm and silky mouthfeel. It still needs some bottle age to soften but is already long and beautiful. Elegant. Drink or hold." (7/2015) 93 points Vinous: "Saturated ruby. Spicy, intensely perfumed cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by vanilla, potpourri and an exotic Indian spice quality. Smooth, round and concentrated, offering sweet, focused red and dark berry compote flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Appealingly sweet and broad on t ...Read More » 


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2010 Miguel Merino "Unnum" Rioja Top Pick!
2010 Miguel Merino "Unnum" Rioja

95 points Tim Atkins: "Miguel Merino’s top wine is a varietal Tempranillo from his oldest vineyard, planted in 1931 on chalk and sandy soils. Black cherry and pomegranate fruit, with good grip and freshness, nuanced oak and a long, well balanced finish. Good now, but will age well. 2015-25." Miguel Merino makes, as he likes to put it, an "updated classic" style of Rioja, all from his own 2 hectares of vines and several hectares of vineyards owned by a close friend. All the fruit is from sloped vineyards (Miguel is a fan of his slopes) within the cooler c... Read More » 


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2012 Bodegas Muga Reserva Rioja

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The red 2012 Reserva is sold as Crianza or Reserva depending on the market, but it's always a blend of Tempranillo with some 20% Garnacha, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from the lower part of the valley of the Oja-Tirón river. The varieties are fermented and aged separately until most of it (around 80%) is blended the summer after. Even when they do not produce some of the top cuvées (like in 2012), those grapes are never used for this wine. 2012 saw good ripeness, and the wine shows it, but doesn't show any excess. The vinification is as classic as it get ...Read More » 


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RP 91

2014 Bodegas Muga Blanco Rioja

91 points James Suckling: "Clean and clear with green apple, citrus and cream aromas that follow through to a medium body, crisp acidity and a creamy texture. 90% virua and 10% malvasia. Barrel fermented in new fresh oak and a couple months of aging." (7/2015) 91 points Vinous: "Green-tinged gold. Displays heady aromas of ripe citrus and orchard fruits, along with suggestions of honey, dried fig and toasty lees. Sappy, energetic and sharply focused, offering concentrated tangerine and pear skin flavors that are braced by juicy acidity and a strong jolt of smoky minerality. Combines power and finesse g ...Read More » 


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JS 91 VN 91

2006 Beronia Gran Reserva Rioja

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Beronia has blended modern and traditional touches to create a fine gran reserva with spice, vanilla, coconut, tobacco and dried berry aromas. The palate offers ripe tannins and kick, while the flavor profile is earthy, with mocha, coffee, chocolate and dried berry flavors. A long, lightly toasted and chocolaty finish provides a fitting end to an excellent wine. Best from 2015–2022." (10/2013) 91 points Wine Spectator: "This harmonious red is dense and lively, with plum, licorice, smoke and mineral flavors supported by moderate tannins and fresh acidity. Not asser ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse San Francisco


2007 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Cubillo" Crianza Rioja

93 points James Suckling: "Very perfumed with dried berry, iron and mahogany character. Full body, yet subtle and refined. So much finesse and elegance. Aged four years in used barrels. Drink now." (7/2015) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Viña Cubillo Crianza is the most affordable red. It is a wine that was born to go with tapas and to be sold at local restaurants showing a combination of fruit and the earth where the vines grow. It is a blend of the usual 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo fermented in old oak vats with natural yeasts and matured in barrel for three years. The int ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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JS 93 RP 91

2009 Cune Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja

94 points James Suckling: "This is very ripe with dried fruits and dried flowers. Exuberant aromas. Full body, round and silky, chewy tannins. Bright and exciting. Wonderful fruit. Shows tension and beauty. Needs time to soften and little. So gorgeous. Decant two hours in advance." (7/2015) 94 points Vinous: "Deep, bright ruby. Highly complex, expansive scents of ripe dark berries, cherry pie, mocha, pipe tobacco and vanilla, with a smoky overtone. Sweet, deep blackberry and floral pastille flavors are complicated by notes of spicecake and bitter chocolate, showing unlikely vivacity on the back half. ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2010 Remelluri Reserva Rioja

95 points James Suckling: "A wine with beautiful finesse and depth. Dark fruits, dark chocolate, hazelnut and floral character. Polished and refined. Full body. Long and beautiful. Tasty finish. The first recent vintage 100% made by Telmo Rodriguez. Drink or hold." (7/2015) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The wine that represents the house style and also the biggest volume here with around 350,000 bottles produced is the 2010 Reserva which was cropped from an almost perfect growing season. A blend of the reds Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and the whites Viura and Malvasía Riojana, it fermented with indigenous ye ...Read More » 


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2015 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Rosado Rioja

Based in the Rioja Alta village of Badarán, Martínez Alesanco is a truly original bodega producing tasty, characterful wine for laughably low prices. They are entirely self-reliant in grapes, all of which are grown in their home village of Badarán, one of the coldest zones of Rioja Alta. The vineyards are closer to the Sierra de la Demanda mountains, a range whose elevation and visible snow covered peaks are even more dramatic than the Sierra Cantabria range to the north. Martínez Alesanco's Rosado is made from Garnacha and white Viura grapes in a typic... Read More » 


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2008 Viña Real Gran Reserva Rioja Top Pick!
2008 Viña Real Gran Reserva Rioja

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Gran Reserva is produced from 90-95% Tempranillo and the rest Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano fermented in inox. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in both French and American oak barrels where is aged for two years. During the aging process the wine is frequently racked, a natural way to make it clean and stable. The wine should be available in mid-2014, and it's still resting in bottle. It has a serious character, a bit savage, slightly reduced at the moment, with fresh fruit (both red and black), murky, spicy aromas (nutmeg) and hints of s ...Read More » 


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RP 94 VN 92

2009 Contino Reserva Rioja

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The bulk of the production of the Contino estate goes to the 2009 Contino Reserva, a red produced with grapes harvested from their estate vineyards, a blend of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% made up of Mazuelo and Garnacha fermented in stainless steel and matured in used barrels (60% French and 40% American) for two years. The nose is unmistakably Rioja; balsamic and ripe with lush Tempranillo fruit, plenty of spices and hints of leather. The palate shows a powerful, ripe and persistent wine with fine-grained tannins balanced by enough acidity and ...Read More » 


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RP 93 VN 93

2007 Bodegas Puelles Rioja Reserva

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Reserva showed a strong reduction when uncorked and should benefit from decanting in advance. Pure Tempranillo, it matured in barrels for 20 months. The nose, after the reduction has blown off, is quite classical but clean showing roasted aromas and hints of dark spices, balsam and perhaps leather. The palate is quite lively, with good, refreshing acidity and fully resolved tannins. 14,000 bottles." (4/2015) K&L Notes: Jesús Puelles is one of the most talented vignerons in Rioja. Hailing from a long line of vineyard worker/owners, Puelles knows the terruño i... Read More » 


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RP 90

2009 Bodegas Olarra "Añares" Reserva Rioja

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Raspberry, cherry and spicy oak on the fragrant nose. Spicy, sweet red fruit flavors are complemented by vanilla, mocha and licorice, with a smoky note sneaking in on the back half. Finishes with an echo of vanilla, soft tannins and very good persistence. (JR)" (9/2013) Jancis Robinson: "*Good Value* Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo, Graciano. This winery dates back to 1973 and they work with vineyards from Baja and Alavesa zones to produce their wine. Cold maceration, 21 days of alcoholic fermentation, 18 months in American and French oak. The wine is a blend from ...Read More » 


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ST 90

2010 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja

92 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of black raspberry and cherry, with complicating notes of rose oil, pipe tobacco and vanilla. Spicy oak nuances emerge with air and carry onto the palate, which displays sappy dark fruit liqueur flavors and hints of mocha and floral pastilles. The expansive, focused, long finish leaves vanilla and spicecake notes behind. The malo occurred in large French oak casks and the wine was then aged in French oak barriques, 40% of them new, for 14 months. (JR)" (11/2015) K&L Notes: Located in the famed barrio de estaciones, Roda is the relativ... Read More » 


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VN 92

2011 Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza Rioja

91 points Vinous: "Deep red. Spicy, smoke-tinged cherry and red berry scents are complemented by suggestions of incense and vanilla. Smoky black raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors are lifted and energized by a mineral element. Sappy, incisive and fresh on the finish, firmed by supple, well-knit tannins. (JR)" (11/2015) K&L Notes: Few traditionally styled Rioja's (read: delicately fruity and spicy, medium weight, used American oak barrels, longer ageing, minimal to no filtering) get it as consistently right as these folks do. Their wines come exclusively from grapes grown in their pri... Read More » 


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VN 91

2013 Viña Ijalba Maturana Blanca Rioja

Jancis Robinson: "Very rare, rescued variety (only 2 ha exist). Ambient yeast for barrel fermentation, where it is aged on lees for four months. Organic fruit. Initially a herbal aroma, creamy too, some green apple and citrus. Stony, even dusty/chalky, on the palate, dry, a slight grip but filled out by deep citrus flavours that become more herbal on the finish. Distinctive, crisp and persistent. I imagine it would age for a few years too, though I have not tasted wines with bottle age to be confident. (JH)" (11/2014)  


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2004 Cune Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja

95 points Wine Spectator: "*2013 Wine of the Year, Highly Recommended* Firm and a bit austere, this red shows depth and drive, with chewy tannins supporting plum, tobacco, licorice and mineral flavors. The structure is solid but the wine remains fresh. Maturing now, this has a long life ahead. (TM)" (9/2013) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright-rimmed ruby-red. Heady red and dark berry aromas are complicated by notes of mocha, Indian spices and vanillin oak, with a potent floral quality. Stains the palate with sweet cherry and mulberry flavors, picking up anise, cola and vanilla bean accents that build with ai ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2006 La Rioja Alta "Viña Arana" Reserva Rioja

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Viña Arana Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo with 5% Mazuelo (aka Cariñena) fermented with natural yeasts and had a slow malolactic fermentation of 56 days after which the wine was put in barrel in July 2007 where they matured for three years being racked every six months before they were bottled in December 2010. It feels like a ripe red, with notes of forest floor, dark cherries, spices and hints of leather, hung game, smoke and toasted notes. The palate is lush, and polished, with a velvety texture and moderate acidity. It is ready to be enjo ...Read More » 


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RP 92

2006 Miguel Merino Gran Reserva Rioja

Miguel Merino makes, as he likes to put it, an "updated classic" style of Rioja, all from his own 2 hectares of vines and several hectares of vineyards owned by a close friend. All the fruit is from sloped vineyards (Miguel is a fan of his slopes) within the cooler climate Rioja Alta town of Briones, which makes his wine a terrific showcase of the terroir (especially in a region where wines blended from various villages are more often the norm). This Gran Reserva is from some of their oldest Tempranillo and Graciano vines, planted in 1931 and 1946. It is... Read More » 


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2009 Señorío de P. Peciña Reserva Rioja

93 points Vinous: "Ruby with a bright rim. Lively, expansive aromas of red berry preserves, floral pastilles and vanilla, with a smoky mineral overtone. Seamless and sweet on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and cherry flavors sharpened by juicy acidity and a hint of white pepper. Finishes sappy, precise and very long, with smooth, harmonious tannins. This wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in used American oak for three years. (JR)" (11/2015) K&L Notes: Pedro Peciña, former vineyard manager at La Rioja Alta, is at the helm of this family bodega, assisted by his s... Read More » 


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VN 93

2005 Bodegas Muriel Gran Reserva Rioja

90 points Wine Spectator: "Dried cherry, licorice, tobacco and tea flavors mingle in this maturing red. The texture is round and polished, with a light grip and bright, orange peel acidity. Harmonious and still vibrant." (2/2015) Wine & Spirits: "A mature gran reserva, this has fragrant cedar and cigar box notes when first poured, bright and sunny, ready to light up a lamb chop. It turns smooth and Porty with air..." (12/2014) K&L Notes: Bodegas Muriel is located in the town of Elciego in Rioja Alavesa. The vineyards are situated in both Alavesa and Rioja Alta and are planted on clay and limestone soils. Their 2... Read More » 


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WS 90

2006 Señorío de P. Peciña "Vendimia Selecionada" Reserva Rioja

92 points Vinous: "Deep red. Powerful, smoke-accented dark berry preserve, incense and vanilla aromas are accented by building mineral and peppery spice. Broad and fleshy on the palate, with ripe blackberry and bitter cherry flavors picking up a sweet floral pastille nuance on the back half. Shows very good depth but comes off as lithe, finishing with strong thrust and supple tannins. After three years of aging in used American oak this wine was bottled and then held for another three years before being released. (JR)" (11/2015) K&L Notes: Pedro Peciña, former vineyard manager at La Ri... Read More » 


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VN 92

2007 Contino Gran Reserva Rioja (1.5L)
Bid on this magnum of 2007 Contino Gran Reserva Rioja (1.5L) (98JS, 93RP, 92ST). James Suckling: "A very powerful red with the structure and intensity of a great Rioja from the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s. Real gran reserva. Dried fruits such as plums, prunes and cherries. Hints of figs too. Layered and so structured. Full-bodied and chewy yet intense and persistent. A fabulous wine. So much potential here. Better in 2020." (07/2015) 

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JS 98 RP 93 ST 92

2007 Contino Gran Reserva Rioja (1.5L) (Previously $170)

98 points James Suckling: "A very powerful red with the structure and intensity of a great Rioja from the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s. Real gran reserva. Dried fruits such as plums, prunes and cherries. Hints of figs too. Layered and so structured. Full-bodied and chewy yet intense and persistent. A fabulous wine. So much potential here. Better in 2020." (7/2015) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "They started making small quantities of Gran Reserva in 1996, a wine halfway between tradition and modernity. The 2007 Gran Reserva is produced with over 60-year-old, destemmed Tempranillo grapes fermented in cement vats without ...Read More » 


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2014 Valenciso Blanco Rioja

Based in the Rioja Alavesa town of Ollauri, Valencisco recently started producing a very limited amount of Rioja rosado and blanco. This wine is aged in all Russian oak, imparting a slightly nutty/sweet spiciness to an otherwise bright, steely, crisp, and mineral white wine. 70% Viura, 30% Garnacha Blanca. White Rioja continues to be a vastly underappreciated, overlooked style of wine, particularly white Rioja as well made as Valenciso's. 


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2014 Artuke "Pies Negros" Rioja

Arturo and Kike (Artuke, get it?) Miguel Blanco are amongst a new wave of younger Rioja producers, producing wines from great quality, organically farmed vineyards, very carefully considering oak usage (in this case barrels are 1-4 year old, nothing new) and concerned less with the aging conventions (Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva) of the past, more with forging a new path for original, village and vineyard defined wines for the future. This example is from 30-90 year old Tempranillo (90%) and Graciano (10%) from Abalos. 


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2004 Cune "Real de Asúa" Rioja

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Real De Asua Gran Reserva is 100% Tempranillo exhibiting a deep purple color along with superb aromatics including violets, spice box, cinnamon, cassis, and black cherry. It conceals enough structure to evolve for another 6-8 years and will proffer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2029. (JM)" (6/2010) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(100% Tempranillo): Bright, saturated ruby. Exotic, highly aromatic bouquet of black fruits, cherry compote, incense and licorice. Sappy and expansive, offering deeply pitched, spicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, silky texture an ...Read More » 


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2004 La Rioja Alta "890" Gran Reserva Rioja

93 points Vinous: "Vivid red. The nose displays an array of ripe red fruits, pungent flowers and exotic spices, with vanilla bean and coconut accents building with air. Sweet, broad and luscious, offering intense cherry-vanilla and raspberry liqueur flavors that deepen on the back half. Shows excellent depth as well as finesse, with velvety tannins adding shape to the very long, gripping finish. This suave, seamless Rioja spent six years in American oak barrels. (JR)" (11/2015) K&L Notes: The Gran Reserva 890 is the longest-aged wine in the excellent La Rioja Alta stable, with an impre... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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VN 93

2009 Remelluri Gran Reserva Rioja

95 points James Suckling: "This is very fine with glorious fruit and density. Full and refined tannins. Lots of spices, dried meat and dark fruits. Long and intense. About 24 months in oak, mostly 500 liter casks and not all new. Exciting. Drink or hold." (7/2015) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It is a ripe and well-oaked red, with plenty of spice and a medium to full-bodied palate and, while approachable, it should improve in bottle. I'd wait at least one year before pulling the cork, at which time the oak will probably be better integrated. This vintage was not fully produced by Telmo, so it's kind of a transit ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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JS 95 RP 93

2011 Viña Ijalba Graciano Rioja

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I thought the 2011 Graciano was showing quite well. It’s not an easy grape variety to handle but here they have managed to extract the best aromas of violets, blueberries and plums, and keep a clean palate with fine-grained tannins, good acidity, and purity of flavors, good balance and length. A great example of Graciano at a very good price. Drink 2014-2019. Vina Ijalba was one of the first wineries to jump onto the bandwagon of the new Rioja grape varieties, and is one of the few bodegas to offer a Maturana Blanca wine. I believe they were the firs ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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2010 Bodegas Lan "Viña Lanciano" Reserva Rioja

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano, the 2010 Lanciano Reserva is sourced from Lanciano estate along the River Ebro, northeast of Fuenmayor. It has a combination of herbal, balsamic and ripe aromas with a medium to full-bodied palate and plenty of influence from the oak, but there is better integration of tannins and acidity, perhaps the natural balance of the vintage. 50,000 bottles. (LG)" (4/2015) Wine Spectator: "This chewy red shows kirsch, chocolate and cola notes, with balsamic acidity and grippy tannins. (Web Only-2015) (TM)"  


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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RP 91

2008 Cune Imperial Reserva Rioja (1.5L)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Imperial Reserva is my favorite of the three Imperial Reservas that I tasted together as it has the perfect balance between ripeness, acidity and tannins, in a wine that is eminently elegant, but will require some time in bottle to gain complexity. The fruit leans more towards the red varieties (raspberries and strawberries), it is very spicy but the wood is almost fully integrated. Very balanced palate, with high-toned flavors that make it vibrant. Drink 2015-2021. (LG)" (12/2013) Jancis Robinson: "Racy, confident and briary. Chunky – lots to chew on. Bravi! (JR) ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

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RP 93

2009 Cuñe Gran Reserva Rioja

94 points James Suckling: "This is very ripe with dried fruits and dried flowers. Exuberant aromas. Full body, round and silky, chewy tannins. Bright and exciting. Wonderful fruit. Shows tension and beauty. Needs time to soften and little. So gorgeous. Decant two hours in advance." (7/2015) 93 points Vinous: "Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of red fruit liqueur, vanilla, mocha and licorice, with a suggestion of pipe tobacco emerging slowly. Sweet, sappy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering suave cherry-vanilla, coconut and floral pastille flavors that are sharp ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood


2011 Contino Graciano Rioja

92 points Vinous: "Deep violet with a bright rim. Sexy, high-pitched scents of candied red fruits and floral pastilles, with suggestions of spicecake and minerals coming up slowly with aeration. Juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors turn sweeter in the mid-palate and pick up hints of smokiness and allspice on the back half. At once concentrated yet lithe, this Graciano wine finishes with excellent energy and persistence; dusty tannins contribute shape and grip. (JR)" (11/2015) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Lively and firm, this red delivers flavors of black cherry, pomegranate and licorice that are ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City

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VN 92 WS 92

2001 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Especial Rioja

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from their vineyards in Fuenmayor and Rioja Baja respectively and it represents only the third vintage to be declared after 1964 and 1973. Aged in American cask for 36 months, it has a bucolic, natural bouquet of bright red cherries, balsamic, mint and a touch of dried honey all with superb delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with wonderful delineation and supple, lithe tannins. The acidity is very well judged and it leads to a pert, tense finish of bitter cherry, ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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RP 93 ST 92

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