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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

DECEMBER 2017

42 VINTAGES

PORTUGAL

RED WINE

QUINTA DE S. JOSÉ RESERVA 2013

DOC Douro

(João Brito e Cunha)

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Reserva

Quinta de S. José is 45% Touriga

Nacional with the rest a field blend

from old vines (about 50 years old and

featuring a lot of Touriga Nacional and

Touriga Franca), aged in a mixture of new

and used French oak for approximately

12 months. This looks like one of the

winery’s better efforts for this bottling.

Tight and intense, this also adds

complexity to go with the power – and

just now, there is plenty of power and

pop on the end, perhaps more than the

winery’s 2013 Touriga, also reviewed.

Its main flaw when tasted was its creamy

oak component, but that should be

gradually absorbed with time. This should

age well. This might not be imported

and no USA price was set. It runs

around 25 Euros in Portugal. Drink date:

2019-2038. Score:

94

(Mark Squires,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 30, 2016)

525808 (XD) 750 mL $48.00

WHITE WINE

LUIS SEABRA DOURO BRANCO

XISTO CRU 2014

DOC Douro

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Branco

“Xisto Cru” is an old-vines (80 years)

blend of roughly 70% Rabigato with

dollops of Códega, Gouveio, Viosinho

and Donzelinho Branco, sourced from

vines at 650- to 700-meters altitude.

It was aged for 10 months in used

French barriques. It is dry and comes

in at 12.4% alcohol. Brooding, fresh

and woody, more in texture than flavor,

this is very focused and precise, tightly

wound and nicely concentrated while

retaining elegance. Finishing with tension

and power, this couples its elegance

and freshness with fine structure. With

the feel of a fine Burgundy, this is

beautifully wrought. It is a food wine, of

course. It won’t be as much fun to drink

on its own. There were just 5,184 bottles

produced along with 113 magnums.

Drink Date: 2016-2026. Score:

94

(Mark Squires,

robertparker.com

,

June 29, 2016)

523266 (XD) 750 mL $52.00

SPAIN

RED WINE

EL PUNTIDO 2011

DOCa Rioja

(Vinedos de los Paganos)

TASTING NOTE: Grown at the upper

limits (600m-630m) for Tempranillo, this

single vineyard of 25ha is situated just

below the town of Laguardia on bony

soils. It’s a very chalky, mineral wine that

combines power with acidity. Complex,

spicy and refreshing, with skilfully handled

new oak and great ageing potential.

Drink: 2017-2030. Score:

97

(Tim Atkin,

MW,

decanter.com

, Feb. 16, 2016)

470609 (XD) 750 mL $75.00