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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

DECEMBER 2017

43 VINTAGES

TORRES GRANS MURALLES 2010

DO Conca de Barberà

TASTING NOTE: The superb red blend

2010 Grans Muralles is a multi-grape

mixture of Garnacha Tinta, Monastrell,

Querol, Cariñena and Garró grown on

slate soils in the appellation Conca de

Barberà, in the vicinity of the Poblet

monastery, which is surrounded by

walls that name the wine. It’s a dark,

concentrated and closed red with a clear

Mediterranean profile slowly revealing

aromas of esparto grass, tree bark and

a rustic, somewhat dusty touch that

coats the ripe black fruit. It matured for

18 months in new French oak barrels

and it’s still not oaky, but the palate

reveals some spicy flavors and some

pointy tannins that should polish with

more time in bottle. A very good showing

for Grans Muralles. Drink: 2016-2024.

Score:

93

(Luis Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

,

June 28, 2015)

378851 (D)

750 mL $99.00

WHITE WINE

CASTILLO YGAY GRAN RESERVA

ESPECIAL BLANCO 1986

DOCa Rioja

TASTING NOTE: I have been terribly

excited about this wine since I first

learned that (part of) it was still in cement

waiting to be bottled in September 2013.

I consider the rare white Castillo Ygay one

of the greatest white wines ever produced

in Spain, and the 1986 Castillo Ygay

Blanco Gran Reserva Especial is a great

addition to the portfolio of the winery –

an historic wine that is coming back to

life ... This 1986 had seen the light as

a limited early release bottled in 1992

and sold around 1995, and some bottles

might still be found in the market. But

most of it remained unbottled and was

kept at the winery, where it stayed in oak

for 21 years, followed by some six years

in cement vats until it was bottled. It has

13.5% alcohol, an extremely low pH of

2.98 and 6.75 grams of acidity (tartaric).

It has a very subtle nose and it’s a bit shy,

a little closed at first. It was only bottled

one and a half years ago, and it’s not crazy

to say that the wine is showing extremely

young. The wine shows more open the

day after, when it has developed some

nuances of mushrooms and verbena

tea. This is mostly Viura with perhaps a

pinch of Malvasía Riojana (aka Alarije).

The palate is both powerful and elegant,

with superb acidity and great length, with

volume and sharpness, with a mineral,

umami-driven finish. It fills your mouth,

tickles your taste buds and makes you

salivate ... I think this is a perfect wine.

It seems to be getting younger and

younger with time in the glass; it seems

to be getting more focused and sharper,

and I have no doubt the wine will evolve

and last for a very, very, very long time

in bottle ... Score:

100

(Luis Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

, Aug. 30, 2016)

532333 (XD) 750 mL $763.00

CANADA

– ONTARIO

RED WINE

PEARL MORISSETTE CUVÉE

MADELINE CABERNET FRANC 2013

VQA Twenty Mile Bench,

Niagara Escarpment

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Cuvée

Madelaine is a stunner of a wine,

beautifully aromatic, fully ripe but still

within the exotically spicy-herbal range

of cabernet franc, extremely floral-violet

perfumed, with old wood spice. The

palate is still tight and gently astringent,

with elegant, fine-grained tannins but

firm, and acids to match – it will take

some time to unwind and soften no doubt.

Length and depth are excellent. A very

pretty, silky-elegant wine despite the

tannic impact, dynamic and vivid. 12.2%

alcohol; 60% whole cluster, fermented

in open top concrete, aged in mostly old

wood, 10% new. Tasted October 2016.

Score:

92

(John Szabo, MS,

winealign.com

,

Oct. 6, 2016)

459164 (D)

750 mL $44.20