THE CLASSICS COLLECTION
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:
, Aug. 1,
486910 (XD) 750 mL $207.00
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+.
April 24, 2013)
260927 (XD) 750 mL $70.00
RODA I RESERVA 2009
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:
, Aug. 30, 2016)
32565 (XD) 750 mL $83.00
CONDE DE LOS ANDES TINTO 1970
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
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.
Dec. 24, 2015)
536987 (XD) 750 mL $49.95