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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

VINTAGES

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UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

LUIS CAÑAS CRIANZA 2014

DOCa Rioja

TASTING NOTE: The Crianza from Luis Cañas is

always a textbook example of the category. The 2014

Crianza is no exception, with those sweet lactic

aromas, cinnamon and vanilla intermixed with Fruit of

the Forest notes. The palate is silky, smooth and

supple, a champion in drinkability. It’s remarkable that

they produce 1.5 million bottles of this wine. Drink

Date: 2016-2019. Score:

91

(Luis Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

, Aug. 30, 2016)

Full-bodied & Smooth

336719

(XD) 750 mL

$18.95

2

511592

(XD) 1500 mL

$38.95

2

MONTGÓ OLD VINES MONASTRELL 2015

DOP Jumilla

(Hammeken Cellars)

The grapes for this 100%Monastrell were hand-

picked and sourced from vines more than 40 years

of age. This wine is typically crafted in a formidable,

intense style that delivers complex ripe dark fruit and

toast. The 2015 was awarded a Gold Medal at the

2017 Bacchus Wine International Competition.

Full-bodied & Smooth

452136

(XD) 750 mL

$14.95

2

URBINA RESERVA ESPECIAL 2001

DOCa Rioja

(Bodegas Benito Urbina)

TASTING NOTE: The 2001 Seleccion Especial was

produced from organically grown fruit from 50+-year-

old vines. It was aged for 24 months in French and

American oak. It is dark ruby-colored with a funky/

earthy nose that also reveals crushed rock, spice box,

and black cherry. Made in a traditional style, it is

graceful on the palate with silky red fruits, lively acidity,

excellent balance, and a pure finish. It can be enjoyed

now and over the next 6-8 years. Drink 2010-2018.

Score:

90

(JayMiller,

robertparker.com

, April 26, 2010)

Full-bodied & Smooth

511568

(XD) 750 mL

$36.95

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