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Joe Manekin
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Joe arrived at our doors in February 2007 from far away, Washington, DC to be exact. Just so no one gets the wrong idea, though, he was merely earning a living in DC; Joe’s cultural identity, as well as his professional sports allegiances and, when he has a few drinks in him, his accent, are all Baltimore through and through. After working on the wholesale side of the business for nearly 4 years, Joe decided that he wanted to work wine retail with the best, so he emailed Cindy Westby at K&L and the rest is history. While Joe is well versed in a number of wine regions, he most enjoys the wines of Europe, though he is growing increasingly interested in the great wines of the Santa Cruz mountains. When he is not at K&L, Joe enjoys cooking, traveling, catching up on The Wire, doing occasional PR, booking and recording work for reggae band JohnStone (www.johnstonemusic.com), and writing for his wine, food and music blog, Old world Old School (www.oldworldoldschool.blogspot.com)


Reviews

  
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1975 Bodegas Riojanas "Monte Real" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 07-28-2015
Sleeper alert! While Riojanas' reputation amongst Rioja aficionados in Spain and Europe is firmly established, they have only recently become better recognized here. This '75 is showing wonderfully, a fully developed gem of a wine that continues to drink in its prime - with red fruits intermingling with umami, rich meat and mushroom notes.
Price: $129.99 Add To Waiting List

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 07-28-2015
As usual, el Señor de Lesmos brings the deliciousness, and the intrigue, with this fantastic bottle of 10 year old Reserva Rioja. A blend of Tempranillo and Mazuelo, this dark fruited reserva shows the power and elegance of the 05 vintage, with the spicy, purely fruited, original Lesmos style, a style that I can say after all these years is one of the true originals in Rioja. Decant for at least half an hour to enjoy this wine to its fullest. Drink now or cellar with confidence for another decade.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 92

2001 La Rioja Alta "890" Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 07-28-2015
This is one of the great traditional wines of Rioja. It's typically spicy, full of pipe tobacco and leathery notes, and seamlessly elegant as well. In the great 2001 vintage, it's safe to say that this is, as the old timers say, truly "un gran vino." To commemorate a special occasion (for yourself or others) this is still one of Spain's very best bottles.
Price: $129.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 95 WS 93

2013 Bodegas Puelles Blanco Rioja
Review Date: 07-28-2015
My favorite white wine value in the store, Chus Puelles' white wine is based primarily on Viura grapes, which give the wine a bright, citric and green apple character, as well as a clean, crisp chalky minerality. Most of the fruit in this wine is grown in the village of Abalos, one of the prime Rioja Alta villages. At under $10 it's tough to find a dry white that consistently hits the spot like this one.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Bodegas Zugober "Belezos" Rioja
Review Date: 07-24-2015
Produced by Bodegas Zugober, from vineyards in the Rioja Alavesa village of Lapuebla, this 100% Tempranillo-based Rioja is delicious, a great tasting, crisp, and generously fruited wine. Rich red and dark fruits display themselves on the palate, which has some textural heft that is held in check by fresh acidity. This is a red that would be great for parties, particularly amongst people who are more accustomed to California wines.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Joan d'Anguera "Altaroses" Montsant
Review Date: 07-24-2015
Joan and Joseph d'Anguera have been making some serious changes at their family owned winery over the past decade or so. Starting with a focus on organic farming (they are now Biodynamic, Demeter certified), the brothers soon reaped the rewards of healthier vineyards and fruit, but felt that they were still looking for brighter, lighter, fresher wines. To achieve this they began picking a bit earlier and including some whole clusters in the fermentation, going for what Joseph calls more an "infusion" rather than extraction, of color and flavor. The result is in this 2013 vintage Garnacha, a beautiful wine with aromas of almonds, peaches, red fruits and rose hips, and such a pure, crisp and fresh palate profile. This is wonderful, honest, incredibly drinkable red from Montsant.
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Bodegas Chacra Pinot Noir "Cincuenta y Cinco" Rio Negro
Review Date: 07-24-2015
Named for the year in which this Patagonia vineyard was planted, 1955, this is a delicate, nuanced, exciting Pinot Noir. Juicy mixed berry fruits show freshness over a surprisingly light frame, with discreet oak notes adding subtle spice. Unlike most Pinot Noirs made in Chile and Argentina, whole clusters are carefully utilized to add textural nuance and complexity. Allowed some breathing time, this opens up to show even more poise and energy than it does upon first sip. This is undoubtedly one of the top three Pinot Noirs I have yet to taste from Argentina or Chile--a very tasty and convincing rendition of Pinot Noir.
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 93 AG 92

2007 Bodegas Lan "Viña Lanciano" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 07-24-2015
This single vineyard wine, produced by Bodegas Lan in the Rioja Alavesa village of Lanciego, is a phenomenal value. Composed of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Mazuelo, it shows the rich, spicy red fruit characteristics of Rioja as you start heading southeast from Rioja Alta towards the city of Logroño. Also, given the cool, Atlantic climate influenced 2007 vintage, this wine shows loads of freshness and poise. It's great to drink now and should continue to age beautifully for a while.
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Montsecano "Refugio" Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley
Review Date: 07-21-2015
If you found your way to this product description, let's say accidentally and you're not one of the people already hip to this project, here is some quick info: Andre Ostertag helps to make the wine. Vineyards are composed of granite. Professional photographer/proprietor Julio Donoso is putting some truly interesting cooler climate Pinot Noir out there and we strongly recommend you try it. It's unlike any other Pinot Noir I've tasted this year, from anywhere.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 93

2008 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 07-11-2015
Vitola was well received last year, so much so that we decided to get serious this time around and buy some more. That said, this rich, crowd pleasing Rioja hits so many sweet spots and palate types that I don't see it lasting too long this year either! Spicy cherry confit and mixed berry aromas are 100% classic Rioja Alta chez Miguel Merino. On the palate the wine is similarly dark fruited, densely textured, and yet so fresh and mineral towards the finish, with some red fruits revealing themselves, as well as dried orange peel. This will likely work for you whether you are a Rioja aficionado, Bordeaux fan or California Cab drinker. Great stuff, and so versatile!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Ritual Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley
Review Date: 07-11-2015
Another very well made, crowd pleasing effort from Veramonte here with their 2014 Ritual Pinot Noir. Fruit forward on the nose, the palate shows straight ahead Bing cherry and red plum flavors, with very soft tannins and no discernible edges. For fans of some of the fruitier, fuller bodied stuff a la Belle Glos and other Santa Lucia Highlands wines, this bottle should be in your cart, and this wine in your glass!
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 93

2013 Lambuena Tinto Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 07-10-2015
2013 was a cooler vintage in Ribera del Duero, and it seems to really have played to Lambuena's favor, if this young, very briefly oaked (4 months) red is any indication. Classic brooding, dark fruit aromas lead to a seriously structured, black fruited wine, with an evident gravelly sense of minerality, hints of licorice and solid tannin structure. Compared to last year, it's more serious, with less ripeness and wood spice, more Tempranillo grit and goodness. Hard to believe that there is so much material here for an "introductory" Ribera del Duero wine!
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List
W&S 90

2014 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Rosado Rioja
Review Date: 07-10-2015
Mouthwateringly delicious rosé, Martinez Alesanco is an acknowledged master of the Riojan "clarete," style, whereby white wine is added to direct press Garnacha. Bright strawberry aromas lead to a crisp, red fruited palate, one with great attack, and flavors of strawberries, stone fruits and blood oranges. For under $10 this is one of my favorite rosés in the store.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Blanco Rioja
Review Date: 07-10-2015
This is a delicious white Rioja, one that we're very excited to have begun importing last year. 100% Viura grapes, grown in iron rich clay in a particularly cool climate, leads to a white wine full of rich yellow fruit, clean minerality and poise. It's richer than last year, with lots of stuffing but still not an ounce of fat! An excellent unoaked white to have in your stable of fresh white wines.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Zudugarai "Amats" Rosé Getariako Txakolina
Review Date: 07-10-2015
We're stoked to have another bottling of rosé from our direct import Txakoli producer, Zudugarai! Produced from 100% Hondarribi Beltza grapes, in the cool, damp climes around Getaria, in Spanish Basque country, this is all bright red fruits, very dry, with a lovely faint herbal quality in the background. Delicious with oysters, grilled or cured fish (especially anchovies), and charcuterie. A delicious and very serious rosé for the money!
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Zudugarai "Amats" Getariako Txakolina
Review Date: 07-10-2015
Yes, new vintage of Amats Txakoli! 2014 was a second consecutive cool and damp vintage (even by Basque coastal standards!) That said, this is delicious as always, so bright and energetic, a shot of fresh ripe citrus fruits with just a hint of sea salt. So good - especially with oysters!
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Bodegas Colomé Torrontes Valle Calchaquí Salta
Review Date: 07-09-2015
This is such a textbook representation of Torrontes: kaffir lime rose water and jasmine on the nose lead to a delicious, incredibly dry palate, full of citrus and an appealingly mineral, salty kick. Best Torrontes ever produced at Colomé means this is one of the best Torrontes' produced anywhere. Very good stuff!
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Tongue In Groove "The Mound Vineyard" Riesling Waipara Valley
Review Date: 07-09-2015
Very interesting Riesling. While the nose seems to suggest something on the dry, maybe even austere side, the palate tells a different story. It's all stone fruit and peach pits, with a richness and lees driven quality that reminds me of some Rheingau Rieslings. Tongue in Groove continues to make some of the best Rieslings in this unique, expressive, German influenced style.

2014 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Riesling "M" Marlborough
Review Date: 07-09-2015
Very juicy and playful, with a mouthwatering blend of acidity, fruit, and subtle sweetness, this takes the cake for most balance and gulpable 2014 NZ Riesling. So tasty!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
RC 95 BC 92

2013 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 07-09-2015
While Te Mata's Coleraine perhaps gets more attention (and no doubt about it, Coleraine is great wine) it's the Awatea BDX blend that impressed me most yesterday. Think very good quality Santa Cruz Mountain Cab blend, with all the rich blue fruit, then combine some gravelly gravitas a la Pauillac, and that is what Te Mata is bringing to the table. Great value for drinking young or ageing. In fact, I can't recall tasting a more serious, complete, young Cab Blend for under $30 in quite some time.

2014 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough
Review Date: 07-09-2015
Holy smokes, is this seriously good Chardonnay. Our buyer Ryan Woodhouse was saying that even winemaker Jason Flowerday could not contain his glee after tasting this with him recently. I can see why. A nose of minerals, bright yellow fleshed fruits and some very subtle, slightly chewy/toasty wood (we're talking 600l puncheons, I'm a bit more oak sensitive then most) leads to an incredibly poised, balanced mouthful of Chardonnay. Showing Great intensity and drive, as well as a nutty quality, I'm thinking Meursault as a comparison. Though, upon further consideration, to compare such a great, singular Chardonnay to a whole village with a wide variance in quality, is something of a disservice to Jason and Anna at TWR! I would feel very confident about buying this to drink now and to cellar for several years or more.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Alkoomi Estate "Old Vine - Black Label" Riesling Frankland River Western Australia
Review Date: 07-09-2015
A compact, slightly reticent, yet characteristic, dry Riesling nose of bright citric fruits and petrol leads to a very focused, linear palate, not lacking in acidity or dry extract. It's bone dry and so impressive for the price. Also, at its current youthful state it is bound to improve immensely, even if you drink a few bottles now and revisit this wine just several months from now. A great new find from the intrepid Ryan Woodwhouse....
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 97

2013 Vincent Paris "Granit 30" Cornas
Review Date: 07-07-2015
Vincent Paris Granit 30 Cornas for under $30?? Buy, buy buy! In all seriousness, this is one of the top tier producers in Cornas, someone with family ties to the great names (and vineyards) of the past, but with the intellect and interest in making great Syrah for the modern era as well. Which is not to say these wines are oaky or simple (far from it, in fact) but that the wines are great examples of a grape grown in its ideal locale. For my money there is no better Syrah in the store.

2012 Villa Symposia "Equilibre" Languedoc Rouge
Review Date: 07-07-2015
This Syrah heavy blend is a big, brawny, savory, beast of a wine. Dark fruited and meaty, it somehow maintains its balance with all the heft. Perhaps it's because the weight does not come in the form of heavy tannins, glycerine or extraction. In other words, this Languedoc red is full- bodied, but honest as well. A lot of wine for the money.
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90 - 92

2013 Clos de l'Anhel "Lolo de l'Anhel" Corbieres
Review Date: 07-07-2015
Juicy raspberry and black raspberry fruit flavors are sturdy yet fresh, with lovely minerality and length as well. What an honest, interesting, expressive Corbieres, the likes of which are not too easy to find these days. Lolo! Check it out.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Ermitage "Victor" Costieres de Nimes Rouge
Review Date: 07-07-2015
This is tasty, open-knitted red, with dark cherry and plum flavors, though it also has a serious side. The wine's tannic structure, weight and overall balance make it very food friendly and not merely a simple quaffer for the masses. Sneaky complexity, here!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Mas de Cadenet Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire Rosé
Review Date: 07-07-2015
If you're looking for Provençal rosé style, but with the extra minerality and presence of fancier rosé, this will not disappoint! Red fruits, minerals and very good acidity keep this both serious and refreshing.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 91

2013 Recuerdo Torrontes La Rioja
Review Date: 07-07-2015
Fun white wine! This is from a popular growing region in Argentina called La Rioja, north of Mendoza. It is well known for Torrontes, producing a style that is a touch less floral and exotic, slightly racier in character, than the Torrontes from Salta and the Cafayate Valley. Enjoy this crisp white solo as an aperitive; its crisp fruit should be sure to refresh after a hot day! For food pairings, try with ceviche or tuna poke.
Price: $7.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 90 RP 89

1981 Viña Real "4 Año" Rioja
Review Date: 07-04-2015
While '82 gets all the glory, what a fantastic vintage 1981 is in Rioja! Just as in Bordeaux, the acidity is the star in this cooler, more Atlantic vintage. "4 año" is a now seldom used term to refer to the fact that a wine is released in its'4th year after the vintage. Sort of a crianza, though with the extra ageability and depth of a reserva wine. Older Viña Real, particularly from vintages like, '87, '85, '81, are legendary. Earthy, brightly fruited, occasionally often showing a stylistic nod towards Burgundy. This is a wine that is not to be missed.
Price: $89.99 Add To Waiting List

1976 Bodegas Muga Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 07-04-2015
In comparison to the 1971, the 1976 Muga is relatively youthful! A beautiful red brick color, this wine shows lots of fruit on the nose, think blackberry and black raspberry compote, and also shows cocoa powder, spice and hints of barnyard. Broad on the palate, with lovely, tangy, fruit, amplitude, and weight. Another perfectly aged gem, stored in impeccable conditions from our cellar connection on the Basque coast.
Price: $79.99 Add To Waiting List

1971 Bodegas Muga Crianza
Review Date: 07-04-2015
Even though it's considered a good vintage, 1971 is not an easy Rioja vintage to source. We lucked out and received this "Crianza," which by today's Rioja consejo regulated standards would likely be a Reserva or even Gran Reserva, from Bodegas Muga. The wine shows great development, with aromatic notes of older spices, celery leaf, moist tobacco, hints of white asparagus and cocoa powder. Great bass tones on this nose! Tangy fruits on the palate still show surprising structure, particularly as it opens up and gains volume. Texturally, the wine is pure silk at this point. A lovely example of a fully mature Rioja, from a well regarded bodega, for under $100.
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Chaman Malbec Reserva Mendoza
Review Date: 07-03-2015
This is a beautiful Malbec from a great vintage! Luis Reginato is one of the increasing number of very talented, engaged winemakers in Argentina, someone who understands wine from both the viticultural and oenological standpoint. Chaman has beautiful dark cherry and plum fruit flavors, with solid structure from both tannins and acidity. Excellent value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 91

2014 Touças Vinho Verde
Review Date: 06-28-2015
Yet another new Vinho Verde (yes, we cannot get enough of this stuff in the summertime!), the Touças is a very tasty, classic, dry style of Vinho Verde. It's crisp and tangy, with the requisite fizz we have come to expect from Viho Verde, but a subtle creaminess on the mid-palate that suggests this wine was not rushed to be bottled the minute after it finished fermenting. This tasty Vinho Verde is great on its own, but is also a terrific brunch white, a sitting on the patio munching on chips or corn nuts white, or a solid choice for grilled, cured, or raw seafood.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Zorzal "Terroir Unico" Pinot Noir Uco Valley
Review Date: 06-24-2015
What a delicious Pinot Noir, and a real surprise given that it's Pinot Noir from Argentina! Read this carefully: this is not a rich, juicy, oaky style. However, if you're a Joseph Swann fan, if you enjoy Claiborne & Churchill, Hirsch...Zorzal is going for a similarly bright, crisp, style. Red and mixed berry fruit has a tangy, dried fruit quality in there, but ultimately lots of freshness and lovely floral lift as well Balance and drinkability are the words, here. Very impressive Pinot Noir!
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 91

1982 Bodegas Olarra "Cerro Añón" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 06-24-2015
Quite simply, this is the most satisfying bottle of fully mature wine I have enjoyed this year (I should note for the record, that it has been a particularly good year for enjoying older wines, so this wine had quite a bit of competition!) Aromas of darker berry fruits and a slightly wild, gamey side distinguish this bottling from my past experience with Bodegas Olarra’s Cerro Añon. The darker berried fruit continues to the palate, which shows quite a bit of intensity and depth, lifted by brightly balanced acidity and the chalky minerality I expect in great, aged Rioja. My initial impressions were of a very good Nuits St George 1er, maybe with a suggestion of Hermitage, something familiar yet transposed to a sunnier, more Spanish place… For fans of perfectly aged, old school reds, I cannot recommend this wine highly enough.
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List

1982 Bodegas Olarra Añares Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 06-24-2015
This is spectacular, fully mature Rioja. Produced from a very famous year in 1982 (same of course as in Bordeaux), it is definitely not a particularly well known name to many people, except the few Rioja insiders who have been in the business for over three decades and know who has made wine, when, and where. In this case none other than the legendary Ezequiel "El Brujo" García made the wine. This is as elegant as they come, with dark cherry fruit offset by umami rich sweet soy sauce, spices, pipe tobacco. Great intensity, presence and structure, yet with the elegance you'd expect north of 30 years old. A great wine.
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho Vinho Verde Regional Minho
Review Date: 06-23-2015
One of the larger producers in Portugal, and certainly in the Vinho Verde region, Quinta da Aveleda is also among the most consistent. This slightly fizzy white shows bright, lively flavors of ripe citrus and hints of stone fruit. It is fruity, yet dry, incredibly easy to drink, and basically spring/summertime in a bottle. If you are one of the few people not yet familiar with this value white, I suggest you take home a bottle, crack it open, enjoy in good company and perhaps observe how quickly the wine disappears!
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List

2005 Heras Cordon Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 06-23-2015
When our supplier mentioned that they recently received the winery's remaining stock, I decided to bring this one-time customer favorite back in. It's from a spectacular Rioja vintage in 2005, and at 10 years of age is truly hitting its stride. Showing a combination of sweetly earthy, savory flavor development with the slightly richer fruit of a modern Rioja, this wine should please fans of both styles.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 92

2014 Mayu Pedro Ximenez Elqui Valley
Review Date: 06-18-2015
Produced from vineyards at 6,000 ft above sea level, just across the Andes from Argentina's famously high Salta region, this dry, racy PX is fresh and lively, with tangy citric and green fruit flavors, think slightly underripe kiwi. Racy and refreshing, this is something new for summer sipping, not to mention your year-round crispy white aperitive needs.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Luna Beberide Mencía Bierzo
Review Date: 06-16-2015
This wine is so delicious, so full of bright, expressive, mineral driven, and yet intensely fruited, spicy, Mencía fruit, that if it happened to say "Syrah" on the label and come from California, I know this would have multiple high scores and sell for nearly twice the price. Fortunately for the value seekers out there, a lesser known grape variety means a great wine for a very friendly price. Load up!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List
W&S 91 AG 90

2014 Anselmo Mendes "Contacto" Alvarinho Minho
Review Date: 06-16-2015
This is an impressive and serious style of 100% Alvarinho wine. Compared to the very good 2012, this one is a little bit showier, with spicy yellow fruits, apricots and apples on the nose leading to a juicy, ripe, persistent palate of stone fruits. There is an unmistakable granite-driven intensity to this wine's flavors and aromatics. Portuguese Alvarinho and Spanish Albariño do not get much better than this.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Bodegas Hinojosa "H" Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 06-12-2015
This is a terrific everyday red, offering plenty to like for both those experienced and new to Argentinean Malbec. Bright purple-fleshed fruit flavors are generous and wondefully fresh, a hallmark of the 2011 vintage. Soft, supple, vibrant fruit, hints of baking spices, perhaps a touch of candied violet. For $15, there is indeed a lot to like in this bottle of wine.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2006 Bodegas Muga "Prado Enea" Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 06-12-2015
A classic bottling from Muga, the Prado Enea in 2006 shows its usual complement of mixed berry fruits and black cherry, so rich and intense that it is nearly as though they were simmered down, though with the minerality, acidity and delineation of flavor that remind you this is a great wine from a great vineyard. The nice thing about 2006 is that it is very approachable, so you do not have to feel guilty about checking in on a bottle every now and then - assuming of course that you have bought at least 6 bottles!

Caves Messias Santola "Crab Wine" Vinho Verde
Review Date: 06-12-2015
Beware the crab! This inexpensive summer sipper is a delicious, sweet-tart apple, slightly fizzy vinho verde and amongst our most popular wummer whites. Refreshing and so easy to drink!
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 P+S Prats and Symington "Chryseia" Douro
Review Date: 06-12-2015
A perennial critic's darling, this is a Douro collaboration between Bruno Prats (formerly of Cos d'Estournel) and Rupert Symington (scion of the Symington family owned Graham's and Dow's, amongst other houses). Dark fruited, structured and yet very polished, this is one for fans of rich, full bodied, impeccably made red wine.

2006 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Cubillo" Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 06-12-2015
Cubillo is a great introduction to the beauty of Rioja and the magic that happens in the cellars of Lopez de Heredia! Though it is always the most recent vintage of all their wines, it sees two years in used American oak barrels and another two in bottle prior to release, making it nearly old enough to be classified as a Gran Reserva. And while I would rather drink this bright, juicy, traditional Crianza than many Gran Reserva wines, it still retains a relatively youthful personality compared to Lopez de Heredia's more cerebral whites and longer aged red Reservas and Gran Reservas, which gives it a personality all its own. As per the house style, Viña Cubillo always has particularly bright fruit and more pronounced acidity than other Crianzas.
Price: $25.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Bodega DiamAndes "Perlita" Malbec-Syrah Mendoza
Review Date: 06-08-2015
Supple, round, juicy, and spicy, this is a very tasty blend of Malbec and Syrah. Clyde Beffa-approved and party-ready, the Perlita will not disappoint!
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 93

2013 Algueira Joven Mencia Ribeira Sacra
Review Date: 06-08-2015
Algueira proves with this wine that they not only excel at making first-rate, oak-aged wine from their Ribeira Sacra holdings, but a delicious unoaked example as well. Spicy dark cherry fruit aromas are also quite peppery, leading to a fresh palate of crisp fruits, with nice initial attack, lovely minerality and admirable persistence. The New York Times has cited this as a top value from the region, a statement with which we tend to agree. Very highly recommended!
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Marques de Murrieta Capellanía Blanco
Review Date: 06-08-2015
Composed of 100% old vine viura grown in very stony soil on the Ygay estate, this wine is a delicious example of traditional, barrel aged white Rioja. Golden fruited, spicy, aromas, with dried coconut accents as well, lead to a generous, rich, bright and toasty palate. The contrast between stony minerality, lively acidity, and barrel notes is what makes this wine so intriguing. For fans of Lopez de Heredia, Graves, even white Burgundy, this is a true original, a great value for drinking and cellaring!

2012 Suertes del Marques "El Ciruelo" Valle de la Orotava
Review Date: 06-04-2015
This is produced from a single parcel, at the property's highest elevations (around 500 meters), and features only the oldest vines of Listan. Compared to the "7 Fuentes" bottling, this wine has richer, darker-berried fruits, with more intensity if less of the spicy/floral intrigue. Either way, it's delicious and one of the single tastiest, most purely fruited Spanish reds I've tried recently, Canaries or otherwise!
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 92 ST 92

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