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"Sum up Spain? Easier to map the movements in a beehive. At the turn of the century, Spain’s vineyards were humming. They still are, with unprecedented investment in the field and especially in bodegas …" - The World Atlas of Wine Sixth Edition, Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson

 
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2004 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Gran Reserva Especial Castillo Ygay 2004 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Gran Reserva Especial Castillo Ygay

Deep ruby-red. Ripe red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by vanilla, pipe tobacco and potpourri. Fleshy, palate-coating redcurrant and cherry compote flavors deliver solid punch and pick up floral pastille and smoky nuances with air. The long, seamless finish repeats the deep cherry note and leaves dusty minerals and spices behind. This is delicious now but has the depth and balance to age effortlessly. Rated 92. ‑ Josh Raynolds, Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar September/October 2011

... 29 months in American oak, the first 10 in new barrels ... a fragrant, enticing, already complex offering that will continue to evolve in the bottle for several more years. Rich, savory, and ripe, this beautifully balanced wine will also have a 30+ year lifespan. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2026. Rated (92-95). ‑ Jay Miller, Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate Issue 195, June 2011

$60.00 the bottle  $306.00 the case of six

2010 Viña Alarba Garnacha Viñas Viejas Calatayud
Bright purple. Aromas of blueberry, cherry-cola, cola and tobacco expand with air. Dense and fleshy in the mouth, with good energy to the sweet black raspberry and cola flavors. Finishes with smooth, harmonious tannins and good, sweet persistence. Rated 88. ‑ Josh Raynolds, Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar September 2012
$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case

Sandeman Royal Corregidor Rich Old Oloroso Sherry Aged 20 Years
Aged 20 years doesn’t really tell the whole story here. Sandeman Royal Corregidor Rare Old Oloroso Sherry is actually based on a solera established in 1894, a prized portion of the legacy and tradition of the House of Sandeman in Jerez de La Frontera. Aromatically intense, Royal Corregidor combines the complexity of old Oloroso with the richness of Pedro Ximenez in splendid balance. Attractive mahogany color; sophisticated aromas that clearly bear close and careful consideration, suggesting a whole range of aromas like roasted nuts, raisined fruit and singed caramel; rich, finely polished, velvety feel in the mouth, just dry with deep and appealing flavors recalling all of its aromatic complexity and stimulating the senses with a long, contemplative finish; for some among us wine-loving souls, this is surely an elixir of almost ethereal proportion.
$22.50 the 500ml bottle

Lustau East India Solera Sherry
In centuries gone by, casks of sherry were lashed to ships sailing for the Indies as ballast and were found to develop an extraordinary smoothness and complexity. Lustau has revived this style of sherry in the East India Solera wine. An inspired mingling of aged dry Oloroso with aged sweet Pedro Ximenez. Raisined fruit, candied citrus peel, macerated cherries, caramel and roasted almonds are common descriptors that we might put forward, but somehow there is something left to be described – an ineffable – as if a benevolent form of alchemy were having its way with an already wonderful raw material. Richly textured and flavorful; just sweet; assuages the tongue whilst giving all its wonderful complexity of flavor.
$24.99 the 750ml bottle


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