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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

NOVEMBER 2017

19 VINTAGES

VEGA SICILIA VALBUENA 5° 2012

DO Ribera del Duero

TASTING NOTE: Lightly charred, toasty

berry aromas come with a full covering

of clove and baking spice scents in

this plush wine. The palate is edged

with drying tannins, bolstering exotic

berry, spice and herbal flavors. Its long,

balanced finish features chocolate and

unabsorbed oak. Drink through 2022.

Cellar Selection. Score:

94

(Michael

Schachner,

Wine Enthusiast

, Aug. 1,

2017)

486910 (XD) 750 mL $207.00

NUMANTHIA 2010

DO Toro

TASTING NOTE: The 2010 Numanthia

comes from a cooler vintage than the

2009 – a season when Manuel Louzada

told me that he had to wear a pullover

in the vineyard during picking! It is

aged for 21 months in new French oak.

The bouquet demonstrates more fruit

concentration and clarity than the 2009,

the 0.5% less alcohol making a tangible

difference. The aromatics are more

Medoc-like than the 2009. The palate is

full-bodied with mouth-gripping tannins,

yet it has a silky smooth texture. There

is real attack on the mid-palate, perhaps

a little more vigor and tension with hints

of graphite and sous-bois towards the

strict finish. This is due to be launched in

September 2013 and should be at the

top of any Toro-lovers’ list – maybe even

above Termanthia? Drink 2018-2028+.

Score:

94

(Neal Martin,

robertparker.com

,

April 24, 2013)

260927 (XD) 750 mL $70.00

RODA I RESERVA 2009

DOCa Rioja

TASTING NOTE: If 2008 felt cool and

Atlantic, the 2009 Roda I could be

described as Mediterranean, from a warm

and healthy vintage. Here they aim for

black fruit character while the regular

Roda should show red fruit. The grapes

are sourced from over 30-year-old vines

and is mostly Tempranillo with some 5%

Graciano. It matured in first and second

use French oak barrels for 16 months.

It’s a warm vintage, without reaching the

heights of 2011, but there was some

stress in the peak of the summer, which

in some wines might have provided some

dry tannins. The advantage of old vines is

that they are able to absorb these effects.

There was some rain in September that

might have saved the vintage. In general,

everybody talks about a very healthy

vintage, but again the challenge is to

keep the freshness. The nose shows

those aromas of thyme and rosemary,

with dark fruit, ripe and a bit heady. The

palate is truly spicy, voluptuous and full,

with dusty, fine tannins and a tasty finish.

99,661 bottles produced. Drink Date:

2016-2022. Score:

93

(Luis Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

, Aug. 30, 2016)

32565 (XD) 750 mL $83.00

CONDE DE LOS ANDES TINTO 1970

DOCa Rioja

The cellars of Conde de los Andes

contain more than 450,000 bottles

and nearly 40,000 of those are older

than 1970. The oldest wine resting

here dates to 1892. This remarkable

collection is one of the most spectacular

in the world. Conde de los Andes has

begun to release limited quantities of

older vintages, providing wine lovers an

amazing opportunity to experience the

magnificence of mature Rioja.

526319 (XD) 750 mL $280.00

CANADA

– ONTARIO

RED WINE

QUEYLUS GRAND RESERVE

MERLOT/CABERNET FRANC 2012

VQA Niagara Peninsula

TASTING NOTE: In 2012 the varietal

relationship is magnified, pursued with

prejudice and made blatantly obvious.

The Cabernet Franc does the heavy

lifting, bringing out the lovely dust, fine

aggregate and mulled berry aspects

of the Merlot. Richness is Merlot deep.

Length, depth and a serious zest for

blended life emits from energy. This

vitality begins in the clay soil and the

pioneering vision of Mr. Alain Sutre.

Thomas and Kelly have transmitted his

identification for the Queylus site to be

one of the great essential locales in the

development of harmony and power for

the Bordeaux in Niagara varietal treatise.

This is the starting point for the plan. It’s

also a wine that is a product of Pinot Noir

winemakers and doubting Thomases.

Because it goes ripe. Drink 2017-2027.

Score:

92

(Michael Godel,

winealign.com

,

Dec. 24, 2015)

536987 (XD) 750 mL $49.95