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  • Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses 2018

    £34.99

    “The 2018 Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes is a blend of 55% Garnacha with 44% Cariñena and 1% white grapes. The destemmed and lightly crushed grapes fermented in concrete and oak vats with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in barriques for 13 months. It keeps the more rustic side of their wines but with the finesse of 2018. It’s a wine marked by a high percentage of Cariñena, but it’s velvety and fresh but with the dustier tannins, harmonious. This is the British farmer, rustic but elegant with his Land Rover, the Wellington boots, corduroy trousers and a Barbour jacket … but with a Priorat twang. Drink: 2020-2028. 94 points

    Álvaro Palacios is on a roll with the 2018s, which are impressive across the range, not only in Priorat but in Bierzo and Rioja too. In Priorat, he has 47 hectares of vineyards, 42 of them in the village of Gratallops. Like what happened with Rioja, they saw a return to more normal conditions with the 2018 vintage, more classic weather. Palacios calls it a “reunion” with snow, which he says always seems to bring something magic. There was more rain in the spring and the dry, Mediterranean summer, with a special moment during the harvest when heavy rains appeared, so he decided to wait and give time for the grapes to soak it up; the alcoholic degree went down and the wines also have more acidity. 2018 has something of 2010, 2012 and 2016 but with more finesse, 2018 being a more powerful but more elegant version of 2016, which are the two most elegant vintages of recent times for Palacios. There is a little more Cariñena in most of the wines from 2018. Also, there is a new wine in 2018, La Baixada. 2019 is a unique year, highly concentrated, like a warm and dry version of the already unique 2013. Annual production averages 415,000 bottles.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (06/20)

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  • Castro Ventosa Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2019

    £47.99

    “Castro Ventosa is the winery of Raúl Pérez’s family. They are adapting to the new categories from the Bierzo appellation. They are focusing on their vineyards and regrafting some Merenzao now that is accepted by the DO. They are also turning their style toward more freshness in the wines, going for larger barrels; they have always had a very traditional profile. In the near future, there will be a new bottling from La Vitoriana, one of the most prestigious lieux-dits, from 2018. All of the 2018s have a lower alcoholic degree (all around 13.5%, when it was previously 14.5%) and feel very pure and clean, with better-integrated oak. Production varies widely depending on the vintage, between 150,000 and 250,000 bottles.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (249)

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  • Contino Graciano Rioja 2016

    £44.99

    “I sampled two vintages of the Graciano bottling, but only the 2016 Graciano was in bottle, and the 2017 was still in tank. 2016 was a warm and healthy harvest that delivered quantity and quality. It has very good freshness and a fine thread on the palate, with vibrant acidity and an electric sensation. It’s dry and leaves a chalky sensation on the palate. The wine had a slightly longer élevage of 26 months, and part of the time was in used barrels. The nose has bright aromas and better integrated oak. It feels varietal, and the acidity feels subtler and folded into the fruit, and the character reminds me of the first vintages of this wine. This should age nicely in bottle. 3,332 bottles were filled in February 2019. Drink: 2019-2019. 94 points

    Contino changed winemakers before the 2017, when Jorge Navascués took over from Jesús Madrazo. I have now tasted the first wines from Navascues, and there is a slight change in style. 2017 was the earliest harvest ever, but they didn’t suffer from the frost, lack of rain and warm weather. Many of the wines are now bottled in Burgundy bottles, the traditional one in Rioja Alavesa.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (243)

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  • Contino Vina del Olivo Rioja 2016

    £57.99

    “The 2016 Viña del Olivo has to be one of the finest recent vintages of this wine. It’s powerful and elegant and has great balance and a lively palate, with focused flavors, great purity and integrated oak. It’s very young and seems to have all the ingredients for a long development in bottle. It’s tasty, long, very pure and is salty rather than sweet. 13,881 bottles produced. Drink: 2020-2032. 95 points

    Contino changed winemakers before the 2017, when Jorge Navascués took over from Jesús Madrazo. I have now tasted the first wines from Navascues, and there is a slight change in style. 2017 was the earliest harvest ever, but they didn’t suffer from the frost, lack of rain and warm weather. Many of the wines are now bottled in Burgundy bottles, the traditional one in Rioja Alavesa.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (243)

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  • Cota 45 Ube Carrascal 2017

    £44.99

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  • Cota 45 Ube Maina 2017

    £44.99

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  • Daniel Landi Cantos del Diablo 2018

    £79.99

    “The single-vineyard 2018 Cantos del Diablo was produced with the grapes from 0.35 hectares of 70-year-old Garnacha in the village of El Real de San Vicente (Toledo) at 900 meters in altitude, the highest vineyard in the Méntrida appellation. It’s a north-facing plot on sandy granite soils with lots of silt that deliver chalky tannins and a citrus freshness in the wine. The whole clusters fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats with a long maceration followed by an élevage in a 1,400-liter oak foudre for 12 months. This was extremely closed, even after a long time in the glass. It’s a vineyard that delivers more reductive wines (matchstick) with a strict palate and a strong mineral sensation. 1,620 bottles were filled in March 2020. Drink: 2020-2028. 95 points

    Some of the Comando G wines, produced in the same place and in exactly the same way, come from vineyards that were owned or worked by Daniel Gomez Jiménez-Landi when he worked at his family winery, and the wines are marketed separately under the Dani Landi (how people refer him) label. As with some of their other wines, I tasted the whole range of 2018s and some 2019s in November 2020.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (11/20)

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  • Daniel Landi El Reventon 2018

    £94.99

    “The Cebreros vineyard in the Paraje El Reventón produces wine that combines Mediterranean and continental characteristics, aromatic herbs and vibrant acidity, of which the 2018 El Reventón is a textbook example. The two plots total one hectare at 950 meters in altitude, on very laminated schist with sand, red clay, quartz and silt soils. The vines are 80 years old now and have been worked organically and biodynamically since Landi took them over. The whole clusters fermented slowly at low temperature with indigenous yeasts in oak vats, and the wine matured in two 700-liter oak barrels for 12 months. It seems like a textbook Reventón, with finesse and maintaining the aromatic herbs and the strong aromatics. The palate is narrow and precise, with very fine, grainy tannins and a sleek texture, unusual in the schist, going more in the direction of Iruelas. This is an exceptional vintage for this wine. 1,532 bottles were filled in March 2020. Drink: 2021-2030. 96 points

    Some of the Comando G wines, produced in the same place and in exactly the same way, come from vineyards that were owned or worked by Daniel Gomez Jiménez-Landi when he worked at his family winery, and the wines are marketed separately under the Dani Landi (how people refer him) label. As with some of their other wines, I tasted the whole range of 2018s and some 2019s in November 2020.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (11/20)

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  • Daniel Landi Las Iruelas 2018

    £109.99

    “Always a wine of incredible lightness and energy, the 2018 Las Iruelas excels in a year like 2018. It is delicate and floral and comes from a relatively large 1.1-hectare vineyard in the valley that names the wine, in the village of El Tiemblo in the province of Ávila in the Gredos wine region. It’s a very steep slope that faces east and gets the morning sun, but it is protected by the mountain from the afternoon sun. The soil is quite unique, as it contains a mixture of granite and schist, laminated and with vertical veins that allow the roots to go very deep. The soils are very shallow, barely 20 centimeters and are rich in sand, quartz and silt. The climate is also quite unique—it gets abundant rains since it’s located in a place where storms get trapped between the Tiétar and Alberche Valleys. The bunches are painstakingly cleaned, and every grape that is less than perfect is removed before they are put into oak vats to ferment with the natural yeasts, with a soft vinification and an infusion of very long macerations. The wine matured in a 1,400-liter oak vat for 12 months. This is ethereal, transparent, aromatic and nuanced, with incredible energy but with a silky mouthfeel that makes it feel light but has amazing inner power! It has to be the most elegant vintage of Iruelas. 1,785 bottles were filled in March 2020. Drink: 2020-2030. 98 points

    Some of the Comando G wines, produced in the same place and in exactly the same way, come from vineyards that were owned or worked by Daniel Gomez Jiménez-Landi when he worked at his family winery, and the wines are marketed separately under the Dani Landi (how people refer him) label. As with some of their other wines, I tasted the whole range of 2018s and some 2019s in November 2020.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (11/20)

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  • Dominio de Pingus Psi 2017

    £27.49

    “Opaque ruby. Smoke- and spice-tinged dark berries and cherry liqueur on the intensely perfumed nose, which is energized by a suggestion of cracked pepper. Pliant bitter cherry, blackberry and violet pastille flavors show very good depth and emerging floral character. Opens up steadily on the persistent finish, which features subtly chewy tannins and lingering florality. Drinking window: 2022-2029. 92 points

    Peter Sisseck’s influence on Ribera del Duero’s worldwide reputation cannot be overstated. His Pingus is now considered to be one of Spain’s and the world’s greatest red wines, with a price to match. It’s always a pleasure, not to mention a rare occurrence, to be able to drink Pingus, but the good news is that his two other bottlings, Flor de Pingus and PSI, which he makes from purchased grapes, are more readily available and, in the context of the region’s best wines, real values. Flor de Pingus has been steadily increasing in reputation and demand, and while it isn’t cheap, compared to wines of similar quality from the great winegrowing regions of the world, it delivers solid value. As for the PSI, it’s simply an outstanding example of Ribera del Duero for a very fair price. Plus, readers will be able find it fairly easily. Sisseck has been dialing the oak treatment way back for all of his wines over the last decade, and current releases show more finesse and precision than those of 25 years ago, when he set up this bodega.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (02/21)

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  • Dominio de Pingus Psi 2018

    £27.49

    “I had already tasted the unbottled 2018 PSI, which saw a jump in quality after they got a new winery where they had much better working conditions. This wine is produced with purchased grapes from 200 hectares in around 750 plots and 20 different villages throughout Ribera del Duero (they now rent and work 50 hectares of these vineyards themselves). In 2018, they were able to use some 12% Garnacha and 2% other grapes, including whites that are found intermixed with the Tinta del País/Tempranillo in the old vineyards. Garnacha adds freshness, and the wine shows it—the character of the grape comes through in the blend. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured mostly in 5,000-liter and 10,000-liter oak vats, but 20% of the volume aged in used French barriques for 18 months. The color is quite light (relatively speaking), bright and lively, the nose perfumed, floral and elegant, like no PSI before. The palate is medium-bodied, with fine tannins, and it feels terribly balanced and beautifully textured. It’s elegant more than powerful but full of energy. This is without a doubt the finest PSI to date. Viva Garnacha! 360,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2020. Drink: 2020-2026. 94 points

    I tasted the bottled 2018s from Dominio de Pingus and also the unbottled 2019s, as the wines are sold as “futures,” or “en primeur,” through their importers and then, in most cases, offered by the importers to their final customers. 2018 is a stellar vintage with an amazing Pingus and the best PSI to date. 2019 was warmer, but the wines have an unusual combination of ripeness and elegance that Sisseck told me he’s never seen before. Some of the 2019s might end up being better than the 2018 counterparts. Today, the 2019 Flor de Pingus is showing exceptionally well.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (09/20)

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  • Envinate Taganan Campanario 2018

    £32.99

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    “The most anticipated Envínate white since they had t stop making the single-vineyard Amogoje is here, the 2018 Táganan Campanario Blanco from a one-hectare vineyard they purchased in late 2017 from Antonio Delgado, who is old and cannot work it anymore and his sons are not involved in the vineyards. This is from vineyard in the village of Almáciga in a zone known as El Campanario (the bell tower), from a north-facing plot that’s very close to the sea and planted with an unusual blend of grapes, mostly Forastera Gomera, Gual (known as Boal in Madeira) and Verdello plus of course Listán Blanco. The bottled wine is 12.5% alcohol with amazing freshness and incredible acidity readings, a pH of 3.05 and seven grams of acidity (measured in tartaric acid), if you think this is a subtropical island. It matured in neutral 600-liter oak barrels for 12 months without racking or any sulfur added to it. It has a golden color, from the varietal mix used. This comes from an amazing place that looks like a jungle (I was thinking of a coffee plantation in Peru or something like that), and it’s incredible how fresh the wine is. This is the lower part of the vineyard they used to vinify and bottle separately, Amogoge. This is highly personal and somewhat reminds me of some whites from the island of La Palma with a somewhat medicinal undertone that makes it quite different. 1,300 bottles were filled in January 2020. Drink: 2020-2028. 96 points

    2018 is a great vintage for the Envínate wines from Tenerife. The ones from the south, from Santiago del Teide, are clearly superior to the 2017s. And the ones from the north, Taganana and Valle de la Orotava, which were better than the ones from the south in 2017, are the best wines they have produced to date. They have some new (old) vineyards in Tacoronte, a traditional zone in Tenerife, so there will be a new wine from that appellation in future years, as the first grapes will be picked in a few days.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (250)

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