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2016 Montsant Espectacle Spectacle Vins

2016 Montsant Espectacle Spectacle Vins

A project of Christopher & Charlotte Cannan, René & Isabelle Barbier and Fernando & Marta Zamora, from a single very steep vineyard of 2 hectares (5 acres) planted to 100 plus year old Garnacha vines in the clay-limestone soils of the commune of La Figuera on the northern edge of Montsant looking onto the famous Serra de Montsant itself as well as having spectacular views of the Ebro valley and even the distant Pyrenees 200 kilometres away (hence the name Espectacle). Lovely translucent medium-ruby in color with an alluring, subtly perfumed red-fruited quality à la Chambolle-Musigny or Domaine Charvin (Lindsay noted a savory quality and strawberry fruit leather, she said it reminded her of being back on the farm, not the barnyard, but the carrot field; Henry noted bilberry, dried violet and anise; our winebuyer noted rhubarb); supple on entry, almost Burgundian cool, sophisticated, smooth and silken in texture, but then generating a more southerly warmth with sapid, mostly red berry flavors both elegant and intense with fine pulverized stony jittery tannins stretching the whole thing out long, long on the fine and gently mouthwatering finish. All in all, we are wholly impressed. This is ultra-fine wine on the world stage.

$112.50 the bottle  $1,147.56 the case



2012 Rioja Reserva La Antigua Clásico Alberto Orte

2012 Rioja Reserva La Antigua Clásico Alberto Orte

La Antigua Clásico is one of Alberto Orte's most enduring history projects and shows off a relatively unexplored region part of Rioja, the western mountain range of Sierra de la Demanda. Inspired by the style of winemaking that was popular in the first half of the 20th century, Alberto’s winemaking emphasizes freshness and minerality, leading to balanced, long-lived wines. To that end, he has found old vine Garnacha, Tempranillo and Graciano in Sierra de la Demanda, south of the Ebro river in La Rioja Alta. The north‑facing, high‑altitude vineyards receive far less sunshine than those in the valley, resulting in grapes that ripen slowly, showcasing intense flavors of greater balance and focus. This poses quite a risk that only hands‑on viticulture can remedy: this area is one of the last to harvest in all of western Europe, usually in early November. In addition to the cool climate, Sierra de la Demanda's vineyards are extremely scattered and steep. This terrain is impossible to mechanize and all vineyard work must be done by hand. The result is a handcrafted wine of precision and elegance — fresh and beautiful to drink now, with built‑in longevity. Produce of 60% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano vines planted from 1940 to 1955 in limestone and red silica sandy soils at 700 metros (2,296 ft) of elevation. Ruby garnet in color to just tawnier at the edges; mmmm, this wine smells delicious from the start with an overarching vinosidad of fruit magically transformed, with suggestion of dried cherry, violet, tanned leather, sweet oak, regaliz and more (one could admire these fine complex aromas all the day long); cool onto the tongue (the late, great Josh Raynolds called it "seamless and focused"), medium-bodied with complex and contemplative flavors a welcome reprise of those sublime aromatics, all wrapped in notable velvety tannins and the apparentness of its considerable time aging in oak (Henry noted its its impressive combination of both development and impeccable energy on the palate); yes, a nicely‑aged Rioja can be a thing of beauty, indeed. This wine is the delicious evidence.

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case

- with good information from the importer's website: https://www.oleobrigado.com/wine/837-la-antigua-clasico-reserva


2018 Rioja Reserva Viña Alberdi La Rioja Alta

2018 Rioja Reserva Viña Alberdi La Rioja Alta

Produce of 100% Tempranillo hand‑harvested from the Mayorita, Rebollar and Bardal vineyards, as well as selected plots in El Palo, Rodezno and Alto del Rey, Labastida. These vineyards are located at altitudes of 500 to 600 metres (that's 1,600 to 2,000 feet) above sea level and were planted in these chalky-clay soils more than 40 years ago. The Bordeaux winemaking model is in use here, involving destemming and crushing the grapes before putting them in tanks, where they undergo alcoholic and malolactic fermentation under controlled conditions. The wine is then matured for two years in American oak barrels manufactured in‑house; the first year in new oak and the second year in four year‑old barrels. Four rackings are carried out in the traditional way, under candlelight, from barrel to barrel, carefully separating the wine from the lees. Deep crimson to just tawny at the edges with myriad old world leaning aromas suggestive of rhubard, plum, red, black and blue berry fruits with a bit of air, stone and dried herb, then vanilla and a kind of dulce de leches/freshly picked dill quality from aging in American oak; velvety in texture, medium to almost full in body with gentle dusty tannins and taut berry flavors that remain fresh long on the finish. Is this perhaps our favorite popularly priced Rioja? In a word, .

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case



Lustau East India Solera Sherry

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 about 85% aged dry (20 years old) Oloroso with about 15% aged (10 years old) sweet Pedro Ximenez blended then aged an additional 5 years in the warmest part of the bodega, la sacristia. 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.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case


All bottles are 750ml in size and all cases are of 12/750ml bottles unless otherwise indicated. All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.


mas de vinos tintos de Espana

Pack Size Vintage Producer Key Producer Description Bottle
12 750 2021 Atalaya, Bodegas Bodegas Atalaya Almansa Red Blend Laya $9.99
12 750 2019 Akilia, Bodega y Vinedos Bodega y Vinedos Akilia Bierzo Mencía $23.75
12 750 2021 Palacios, Descendientes de J. Descendientes de J. Palacios Bierzo Pétalos $21.25
6 750 2016 Torres, Miguel Miguel Torres Conca de Barberà Grans Muralles $132.50
12 750 2020 Mustiguillo, Bodega Bodega Mustiguillo El Terrerazo Mestizaje Bobal $14.99
12 750 2018 Pie de Tierra, A A Pie de Tierra Garnacha Fuerza Bruta $32.50
12 750 2020 Gil, Bodegas Hijos de Juan Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil Jumilla Monastrell $15.75
12 750 2021 Figueras, Clos Clos Figueras Montsant Poblets del Monsant $23.75
12 750 2016 Espectacle Espectacle Montsant Garnatxa $112.50
12 750 2021 Ordoñez, Bodegas Bodegas Ordoñez Sierras de Málaga Moscatel Old Vines Botani $17.50
12 750 2019 Torres, Miguel Miguel Torres Penedès Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva $17.50
6 750 2018 Torres, Familia Familia Torres Penedès Cabernet Sauvignon Mas La Plana Black Label $100.00
3 750 2019 Clos i Terrasses del Priorat Clos i Terrasses del Priorat Priorat Clos Erasmus $225.00
6 750 2021 Figueras, Clos Clos Figueras Priorat Serras del Priorat $32.50
6 750 2019 Figueres, Clos Clos Figueres Priorat Clos Figueres $87.50
6 750 2018 Figueres, Clos Clos Figueres Priorat Clos Figueres $95.00
6 750 2017 Figueres, Clos Clos Figueres Priorat Clos Figueres $100.00
12 750 2021 Vall Llach Vall Llach Priorat Embruix $24.99
6 750 2020 Mogador, Clos Clos Mogador Priorat Gratallops $102.50
12 750 2022 Moro, Emilio Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Finca Resalso $15.75
12 750 2020 Sastre, Viña Viña Sastre Ribera del Duero Roble $21.25
6 750 2017 Vega Sicilia, Bodegas y Viñedos Bodegas y Viñedos Vega Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5° $200.00
6 750 2011 Vega Sicilia, Bodegas y Viñedos Bodegas y Viñedos Vega Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico $500.00
12 750 2022 Pérez, Pedro M. Rodríguez Pedro M. Rodríguez Pérez Ribeira Sacra Guímaro Mencía $22.50
6 750 2020 Ad Libitum Ad Libitum Rioja Monastel de Rioja $22.50
12 750 2019 Alegre Valgañón Alegre Valgañón Rioja $23.75
6 750 2018 Bilbainas, Bodegas Bodegas Bilbainas Rioja Viña Pomal Crianza $13.75
12 750 2019 Ramirez de la Piscina Ramirez de la Piscina Rioja Crianza $14.99
12 750 2019 Madre, Rio Rio Madre Rioja Graciano $10.99
6 750 2019 Rothschild & Vega Sicilia, Bodega Benjamin de Bodega Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Rioja Macán Clásico $62.50
12 750 2019 Lan, Bodegas Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza $13.75
12 750 2017 Lan, Bodegas Bodegas Lan Rioja Reserva $19.99
12 750 2015 Lan, Bodegas Bodegas Lan Rioja Gran Reserva $28.75
12 750 2016 Bujanda, Viña Viña Bujanda Rioja Reserva $22.50
12 750 2022 Luberri, Bodegas Bodegas Luberri Rioja Orlegi $14.99
12 750 2021 Luberri, Bodegas Bodegas Luberri Rioja Orlegi $12.99
12 750 2019 Muga, Bodegas Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva $32.50
12 750 2018 Murrieta, Marqués de Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva Finca Ygay $28.75
6 750 2011 Murrieta, Marqués de Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Gran Reserva Especial Castillo Ygay $225.00
12 750 2012 Orte, Alberto Alberto Orte Rioja Reserva La Antigua Clásico $27.50
12 750 2015 Remelluri Remelluri Rioja Reserva $47.50
12 750 2018 Rioja Alta, La La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva Viña Alberdi $24.99
12 750 2015 Rioja Alta, La La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva Viña Arana Reserva $60.00
12 750 2011 Heredia, Lopez de Lopez de Heredia Rioja Viña Bosconia $40.00
12 750 2011 Heredia, Lopez de Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondoñia $52.50
6 750 2019 Ukan Ukan Rioja $45.00
12 750 2016 Proexa, Bodegas Bodegas Proexa Utiel-Requena Bobal Vega Valterra $17.50
12 750 2019 Avancia, Bodegas Bodegas Avancia Valdeorras Mencía Old Vines $32.50
12 750 2022 Bernabeleva Bernabeleva Vinos de Madrid Vino Tino Camino de Navaherreros $16.25
12 750 2020 Peninsula Vinicultores Peninsula Vinicultores Vino de Montaña Viñedos Viejos Garnacha Rufete Piñuela $18.75
12 750 2020 Eguren, Dominio de Dominio de Eguren Vino de La Tierra de Castilla Protocolo $7.50

All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.


mas de vinos blancos de España

Pack Size Vintage Producer Key Producer Description Bottle
12 750 2022 Ameztoi Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Blanco Amesguren $22.50
12 750 2022 Ameztoi Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis Rosado $22.50
6 750 2021 Figueres, Clos Clos Figueres Priorat Blanco Font de la Figuera $47.50
6 750 2021 Figueres, Clos Clos Figueres Priorat Blanco Serras del Priorat $32.50
12 750 2020 Baldovar 923 Baldovar 923 Rascaña Orange Wine $37.50
12 750 2022 Fillaboa Fillaboa Rias Baixas Albariño $17.50
12 750 2021 Moraima, Viña Viña Moraima Rías Baixas Albariño Aba de Trasumia $21.25
12 750 2022 Ruiz, Santiago Santiago Ruiz Rías Baixas Albariño $21.25
12 750 2022 Mendez, Gerardo Gerardo Mendez Rías Baixas Albariño do Ferreiro $28.75
6 750 2022 Torres, Vino de La Familia Vino de La Familia Torres Rías Baixas Albariño Pazo das Bruxas $18.75
12 750 2021 Compañia Vinícola del Norte de España Compañia Vinícola del Norte de España Rioja (Blanco) Monopole Cune® $14.99
6 750 2021 Avancia, Bodegas Bodegas Avancia Valdeorras Godello $32.50

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More Sherry

Pack Size Vintage Producer Key Producer Description Bottle
6 500   Sandeman Sandeman Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Character Superior Medium Dry $17.50
12 750   Lustau Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Cream East India Solera $22.50
6 750   Sandeman Sandeman Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Don Fino $14.99
12 375   Maestro Sierra, Bodegas El Bodegas El Maestro Sierra Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Fino $17.50
12 500   Yuste, Bodegas Bodegas Yuste Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Manzanilla Aurora $18.75
12 375   Florido, Bodegas Cesar Bodegas Cesar Florido Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Moscatel Dorado $13.75
12 375   Gonzalez Byass Gonzalez Byass Jerez-Xeres-Sherry Solera 1847 Cream Dulce $11.99
6 375   Gonzalez Byass Gonzalez Byass Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Oloroso Matusalem $55.00
6 375   Maestro Sierra, Bodegas El Bodegas El Maestro Sierra Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Palo Cortado $100.00
6 375   Maestro Sierra, Bodegas El Bodegas El Maestro Sierra Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Pedro Ximenez Viejo $100.00
6 375   Maestro Sierra, Bodegas El Bodegas El Maestro Sierra Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Oloroso 1/14 $105.00
6 750   Sandeman Sandeman Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Rich Cream Oloroso Armada $14.99
12 750   Lustau Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Solera Familiar Amontillado La Plaza Vieja $15.75
12 750   Lustau Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Solera Familiar Amontillado Los Arcos Seco Dry $14.99
12 750   Lustau Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Solera Familiar Light Fino Jarana $14.99
12 750   Lustau Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Solera Familiar Light Manzanilla Papirusa $14.99
6 750   Lustau Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Solera Familiar Moscatel Emilin Dulce $24.99
12 750   Lustau Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Solera Familiar Oloroso Don Nuño Seco Dry $22.50
12 750   Lustau Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Solera Familiar Palo Cortado Península $22.50
12 750   Lustau Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Solera Familiar Pedro Ximenez San Emilio $24.99
6 750   Lustau Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Solera Familiar Rare Amontillado Escuadrilla $24.99

All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.

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