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Marques de Murrieta "Castillo Ygay" Gran Reserva Especial Blanco 1986

100 James Suckling
100 Wine Advocate
(8/2016) "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. I did a vertical tasting of many of the old, historic vintages of this wine, and they are included in a separate article in this very same issue. 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. There is nothing negative about the wine; there is no excess oak, nothing blurry, nothing to improve... perhaps the bottle used! 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. I kept the opened bottle for almost one week and the wine didn't move one inch--no oxidation or any signs of fatigue. Having tasted many other vintages, including the also perfect 1919 (which is still going strong at age 97), I have no doubt we're talking about a white for the next 50 years. Looking at the older vintages, I might even be underestimating its life span. The potential next release could be the 1998 in no less than ten years' time."
$
52900
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750 ML
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Bodegas and Vinedos Raul Perez "Sketch" Albarino 2017

95 Wine Advocate
(2/28/2019) "The impressive 2017 Sketch is vibrant, chiseled, precise and delineated, with great inner strength and a soil-like, mineral, almost salty sensation on the palate. It reminds me of the 2015, more mineral and sharper, with all that it takes for a long and positive evolution in bottle. It feels like one of the finest vintages for Sketch. This is sold without any appellation of origin. 2,000 bottles produced."
$
7599
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750 ML
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Bodegas Bhilar "Terca" Rioja Blanco 2010

93 Wine Advocate
(4/29/2015) "The classically proportioned 2010 Terca is sourced from two clay-rich old vineyards from the Elvillar village in the Rioja Alavesa subzone, mostly Viura with some 10% Malvasía Riojana (aka Alarije) produced with Sampedro's unusual modus operandi for these low-quantity whites: the grapes are hand-harvested into 400-liter containers and on arrival at the winery the whole bunches are foot trodden and they stay there macerating with the stems and skins for a week until fermentation starts. Then they are pressed, and finish fermenting in used 500-liter oak barrels where the wine ages for two years. It feels a little neutral with quite an imprint from the elevage, in the style of the white Riojas form yesteryear. It is evolving slowly with shy aromas of chamomile and aromatic herbs, hints of beeswax and honey, all of it in a subtle way. It has a solid palate showing good balance, which should secure it a nice evolution in bottle. Drink Date: 2015 - 2022."
$
3499
Discount:
750 ML
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~35 bottlesCheck all Stores

R. Lopez de Heredia "Vina Gravonia" Crianza Rioja Blanco 2010

Only a few cases of available of this brilliant white from the legendary Lopez de Heredia!
95 Wine Advocate
(6/28/2019) "2010 was a superb vintage in Rioja, and the white 2010 Vina Gravonia Blanco is simply stunning, the best of the three vintages I tasted together (2009, 2010 and 2011). This is from a cooler and very balanced year that is perfectly reflected in the wine. The wine is evolving slowly, with notes of lemon curd, dried yellow flowers, saffron and spices. The palate reveals real energy, great balance and a very tasty, almost salty finish. This has to be one of the best vintages for Vina Gravonia. 14,500 bottles were filled in November 2016. Drink Date 2019 - 2030."
$
2599
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750 ML
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Bodegas Valdespino "Contrabandista" Palomino/Pedro Ximenez Sherry NV

90 Our Score
(4/2019) The Contrabandista is a unique sherry consisting of 95% Amontillado pulled from 8 years in solera with 5% Pedro Ximenez, the addition of which contributes a bit of sweetness without dampening the fruit-and-nut medley of Amontillado. The nose is full of caramel, prune jam and salted milk chocolate supplemented with orange-blossom honey and hazelnut. All of this is followed by an off-dry palate laden with walnuts and chestnuts and a rustic oakiness to balance the torched brown sugar finish. A wonderful after-dinner sherry for those in search of brightness with a touch of sweetness.
$
2399
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750 ML
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Bodegas Valdespino "Tio Diego" Amontillado Sherry NV

93 Our Score
(9/2018) Wow, this is delicious! This is essentially the "Inocente" wine aged for an additional five years, made from 100% Palomino from the Macharnudo vineyard. It is lovely and dry, with deep floral and bruised orchard fruit tones, with chalky minerality and salinity. Very long and devastatingly tasty.
$
2199
Discount:
750 ML
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Out of stock

Can Sumoi Ancestral Montonega 2017

90 Our Score
(5/2019) Can Sumoi is the new label for natural wines from the superlative Cava producer Raventos I Blanc, whose aim is to produce wines from traditional Cava varietals that exhibit terroir without intervention. The Montonega (aka Parellada) is hand-picked, macerated for 4 hours with the skins, then partially fermented with native yeasts, leaving the fermentation to complete in the bottle. The result is a crisp, fizzy wine with bright notes of underripe apple flesh and white flowers, with a touch of salinity on the finish. Having mastered modern Cava winemaking, Raventos set its sights on ultra-traditional methods and they have nailed it!
$
2199
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
~11 bottlesCheck all Stores

Bodegas Palacios Remondo "Placet Valtomelloso" Rioja Blanco 2014

Our weekday price on this special-feeling $45 reference priced bottle makes it a must-buy!
92+ Wine Advocate
93 Decanter
(12/14/2017) "Altogether an original. 100% Viura, but nothing like traditional Viura. Carries its oak ageing very lightly to form a fine blend of almonds, white peaches and grapefruit, leading on to a long, savoury finish. Drinking Window 2018 - 2022."
$
1999
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
~21 bottlesCheck all Stores

Eidos de Padrinan Rias Baixas Albarino 2017

90 Our Score
(8/2018) Adega Eidos is a small production winery that makes only three wines, all from the Albarino grape. Their attention to detail and craftsmanship really comes through in this entry-level offering. Complex yet clean, the tropical and citrus fruit flavors will delight your palate and the salinity and fresh finish will bring you back for more. Try with a chilled shellfish platter, oysters or a seafood stew. Delicious!
$
1999
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
~35 bottlesCheck all Stores

Pazo Senorans Rias Baixas Albarino 2017

91 Our Score
92 James Suckling
(8/2/2018) "The complex white-peach, gooseberry and floral nose is very enticing and just beginning to open up. Rich, yet sleek and elegant with spot-on balance of fruit, creaminess from yeast contact and lemon-lime acidity. Where is that pan-fried fish! Drink now or hold."
$
1979
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
~25 bottlesCheck all Stores
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