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Red

2007 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

12/3/2015 - Harley1199 wrote: NR

3rd LRA Tasting Event of the Q4 (Enoteca Barolo - Madrid): Here smells like cheese foils in portions, also cologne. A little mess.
Somewhat unbalanced in the mouth with flavors of toffee and a density that falls by the throat. Although I am not convinced for accompany food it has great acidity indeed.

Aquí huele a papeles de aluminio de queso en porciones, a colonia. Un poco desastre.
Un tanto desequilibrada en boca con sabores a toffee y una densidad que se cae por la garganta. No me convence aunque para acompañar comida tiene una acidez estupenda.

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    12/17/2015 1:12:00 AM - Hola. ¿Y esa diferencia con la cata de octubre? la botella? el momento?
    Tu comentario sobre el 890 me hace pensar en adquirir alguna. De todos modos y que yo recuerde, 2007 en Rioja siemrpe me destacaba la frescura, aunque creo que es una añada de consumo más inmediato.
    Saludos,

Red

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

12/9/2015 - Los 12 Glotones Likes this wine: 91 points

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De color rojizo granatoso de capa media-alta, extraído, cubierto, muy oscuro. Reflejos granadinos y anaranjados, refulgente, limpio, sin el mínimo asomo de precipitados. Fuerte sensación de juventud respecto a otras añadas. Borde ligeramente cobrizo, estrecho, diferenciado del exterior menisco.

Se presenta sin sorpresas: de expresión franca y muy tradicional - muchos puntos en común con la cosecha del 2000. Aromas iniciales de orden dulzoso a frutos rojos maduros, cascarilla de naranja, tabaco Virginia, toffee, melaza y un apunte de ebanistería de fondo (tung, lacas). Impecablemente perfilado, elegante y abierto, infusionado en vainilla, equilibrado, sin parafernalia inecesaria. Aquí no sobra nada. Reconocible de principio a fin como 904. Da la impresión de ser un vino menos abultado que el 2001, más pausado, aunque con una necedidad evidente de guarda en botella para comenzar a ganar en matices. Lo tiene todo para que así sea. El tiempo lo dirá...

En boca se muestra enérgico, dotado de una acidez intensa que acrecienta la sensación inicial de sequedad. Vivo, lleno, aportando un tanino algo marcado, aún por pulir. El conjunto ya es notable, sabroso, muy frutoso, con ese matiz de dulcedumbre, tan de La Rioja Alta, adornado de tostados, especiados, amargosos... Larguísimo, con dni riojano. Gran trabajo de la bodega aunque aún es pronto para valorarlo en plenitud. Hay quien afirma que se pueda detectar un cierto cambio de estilo, algunos matices que no solían darse anteriormente... En todo caso, es complicado estar seguro. Ha gustado y mucho.

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90% tempranillo, 10% graciano. 13.5% vol.
- La tempranillo proviene de los viñedos propios más viejos ubicados en subzona de la Rioja Alta, principalmente de los municipios de Briñas, Labastida y Villalba. El resto de la uva es originaria de las fincas Melchorón I y II de Briones y Rodezno. Todos los viñedos tienen una edad superior a 40 años. La fermentación alcohólica se desarrolló en 12 días, descubándose cinco días después. La fermentación maloláctica se desarrolló en depósitos de acero inoxidable de forma natural. En enero de 2.005 los vinos pasaron a criarse en barricas de roble americano de 225 litros de fabricación propia, con una media de edad de 4 años. Sometido a trasiegos manuales de forma periódica cada 6 meses por el método tradicional de barrica a barrica, a la luz de la vela. Filtrado muy suave antes de ser embotellado en febrero de 2.009. Un mínimo de 60 meses de guarda en botellero en los calados de la bodega antes de ser comercializado.
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  • Comment posted by Periko:

    12/9/2015 4:59:00 AM - Gracias por la excelente nota de cata.
    También tengo una caja para guardar y sin intenciones de abrir a medio plazo. A partir de 2020 tal vez?

Red

2007 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5°

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

10/6/2015 - BuzzzzOff Likes this wine: 91 points

Blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Opaque, ruby-red. Nearly two hours breathing before the alcohol (14.5%) started to play more of a secondary role to the cherries, vanilla, espresso, spice and oak. Medium-bodied with soft tannins, dark cherries and a fairly long finish. We think, perhaps, we popped open this wine a bit too early. The balance of our luvlies will rest peacefully in the cellar for quite a few more years.

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    10/6/2015 11:54:00 AM - Hi, I think the 07 doesn't have Merlot in the blend. I am not sure if it has Malbec though. Difficult to confirm as the producer website doesn't provide that information nowadays (it did before).
    Agree now it's too early. I have always been told Valbuena opens the drinking window at the 10 year age, so it may be just a bit too early as you mentioned.

Red

2003 Bodegas y Viñedos Alión Ribera del Duero

Tempranillo more

9/23/2015 - Harley1199 Likes this wine: NR

La Rioja Alta GR Vertical Tasting (plus private dinner at La Piperna) (Lavinia - Madrid): Dammed vintage? Dammed critics! The vine and some enologist knew make their job.
Only needing fifteen minutes to bloom up.
Surprisingly this time doesn't showed mature but a teenager.
Exuberant on the nose. Long and savoury palate. A delicatessen.
For some, the best RdD ever, with a rioja-like acidity.
Once again a great bottle. We are going to miss you Xavier...

¿Añada maldita? Malditos críticos. La viña y algunos enológos sí hicieron su trabajo.
Solo necesitó de quince minutos para florecer.
Sorprendentemente está vez no se mostró madura si no como una adolescente. Exuberante en nariz con una boca larga y sabrosa. Una joyitas.
Para algunos, el mejor RdD que hayan probado jamás, con una acidez que recuerda a los Rioja.
Una vez más una gran botella de Alión. Te vamos a echar de menos Xavier...

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    9/25/2015 7:13:00 PM - Este 03 está fantástico. 2 botellas de 3 y todas de gran nivel. Intento guardar la última.
    Hace 2-3 años hicimos una vertical 2001-2007 (creo) + 1996. 96,01 lo más elegante, disfrutable. Claro a 04 o 05 ya les llegará su momento. La cuestión es... necesitan tiempo y no son esclavos de "añadas".
    A Ausás se le echará de menos, pero también se echaba de menos a Mariano... todo pasa, el vino queda.

Red

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

9/10/2015 - pjaines Likes this wine: NR

Arrrrrrrrr. The sound of a man returning to good Rioja. 2 years back I had a 2001 of this wine that was all oak and tomato and I vowed to stay away. Well, this sorted it out - a great wine with balance, depth and balance without ever reverting into the overtly drying oaky notes. There is a touch of oak of course but the brilliance of the fruit and complexity on the nose really elevates this wine. Good now, superb in 10 years.

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    9/11/2015 3:36:00 AM - You wasted no time cracking up one! I will keep my half case for the 10 years you mention. A difficult task though.

Rosť

2000 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia

Rosé Blend more

7/12/2015 - stubbie999 Likes this wine: NR

So good, food friendly, savory. Has a mild Sherry note that I always feel is an integral part of this wine, rather than the effect of 15 years in the cellar. My stash is about to run out, good thing they'll finally release a new vintage next year!

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    7/13/2015 12:35:00 AM - Love this wine. So unique in style.
    Btw, I was told at LdH that next rosé is 2008, which should be released by 2018... is it possible its released 2 years earlier?

White - Sparkling

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée

Champagne Blend more

6/11/2015 - dcwino wrote: 94 points

Wine dinner at Blacksalt - Prévost, Krug, Pichler, Raveneau, Fevre, Grivot, LLC, Yquem & etc. (Blacksalt, Washington DC): Served single blind with MV Krug. People often have misconception of the style of MV which can make this very challenging. My first impression was that MV was the vintage but quickly changed my mine. The vintage Krug, MV and CdM all have very distinct styles and quite different from each other. The vintages always display oxidative notes via brioche and more polished than MV, MV tends to be always ready, denser and fresher and the CdM combines complexity, freshness, precision and energy. Very youthful and fresh nose displaying sweet yellow fruits, lemon curd, spicy spice, smoke and mineral. Excellent concentration, sweet yellow fruit driven palate impression, a hint of white pepper, abundant medium mousse, bright acidity and clean sweet finish. Really enjoyable.

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    6/12/2015 11:30:00 AM - That's a great, very comprehensive note.
    I have not had any vintage yet but I do find clear oxidative notes in the NV, so I understand that oxidative profile it's even more prominent/expressive in the vintage?
    Thanks

White

1988 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre

Chardonnay more

5/11/2015 - Periko Likes this wine: 93 points

Opened for one hour and drank over two more. Opulent, powerful nose with lemon and citrus aromas, kept evolving in glass. More interesting in palate: tasty, grassy, citrus, medium bodied with a high, refreshing acidity that asks you to taste it again to savour that long finish. An excellent example from a fresh vintage that still drinks beautiful now and probably for a few more years. 92-93

Vineyard recovered in 1986, hence 3rd vintage for Lafon. Lot located in the low section of the vineyard that translates into a more opulent but fresher wine than its neighbors.

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    5/30/2015 5:07:00 AM - Wow, that's a very special bottle then! I hope it turns out as good as this one.

Red

2004 Artadi Rioja Pagos Viejos

Tempranillo more

11/15/2014 - jseal Likes this wine: 94 points

2004 Rioja Tasting Nov-14: (Highest score on the night, tied with Remirez de Ganuza). Not the bodega's top rioja which is Vina El Pison at $400/bottle. Nose of sweet red fruits and light musk. Sweet cherry and casis, which fades into layers of pencil and leather. full body and long length, medium complexity with more than on layer of flavour. Very good though falls short of great. Can drink now with at least an hour decant and will last 10+

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    11/15/2014 11:45:00 AM - Very insightful note, thanks.
    Had this one about two years ago and yes, still a baby, needs a lot of air to show what it has to offer... a superb 2004 vintage by Artadi. I keep mines for medium-long term consumption.

    By the way, I think it would be great if you put all the notes from that tasting into a "tasting story"

Red

2006 Château de la Dauphine

Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/11/2014 - La Grappe wrote: 85 points

This seems quite youthful, with fresh blackcurrant and plum fruit and some unresolved tannin. The palate is slightly dilute, but overall the wine is pleasant and may develop further.

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    2/13/2014 12:44:00 AM - Hey Harley, interesting comment about 2006. I did open one a couple of years ago and was a disappointment... I will also keep my only bottle to see where it takes it... can only go up.
    My previous experience with Dauphine was 2000 at 10 years of age and was plain awesome.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Château Doisy-Védrines

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

9/19/2013 - DaveZack Likes this wine: 93 points

The nose on this wine has that classic Sauterne bouquet of tropical fruits (especially pineapple and mango, along with citrus peel), as well as honey elements, creamy earth, and suggestions/hints of spices.
Make no mistake about it: this Sauterne is as Sauterne as a Sauterne can get! This is a fantastically rich, creamy, spicy, fruity, complexly-flavored dessert wine that’s tough to beat. I absolutely LOVE Port and could drink it all day long given the opportunity, but as far as chilled dessert beverages go, you CANNOT beat a well-made Sauterne.

As the bouquet suggested (actually, the bouquet completely foreshadowed almost EXACTLY how this beauty would taste), there is indeed an abundance of tropical fruits like pineapple and mango, along with some sub-flavors like citrus peel, peach, and apricot. After those fruit characteristics, the more savory/secondary elements become prominent, such as cream, honey, beeswax, mountains of minerals (think of granite from Yosemite), and especially a farm’s worth of savory herbs that I usually find in most red wines (oddly enough), such as rosemary. And of course, the finish is smooth and lingering and probably coats the throat just as thoroughly as the wine coats the wine bowl.

If you’ve never had a Sauterne before, here’s a very brief history. Sauternes are made in a region of Bordeaux (Sauternais) and is basically a late-harvest blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle that has been purposely affected by noble rot (Botrytis cinerea), which causes the grapes to become partially “raisinized” and gives the wine that rich, creamy, deeply-flavored and distinctive profile.

Though a lot of Sauternes share a similar flavor profile, this version has more of a savory herb element that I absolutely adore. Yes, there’s the usual cream, honey, tropical fruits, and slightly earthy elements, but the savory herbs in the background really seal the deal for me. This wine is so good I would actually consider giving-up Port (not that I could afford to do that). It’s really THAT good!

We had this wine for dessert after having Korean BBQ for dinner and thought it would contrast nicely to the spicy Korean food. Sure enough, it was the perfect spoil. I’m not a big fan of drinking Ports or Sauternes with food/desserts (I prefer to enjoy these marvelous dessert wines all by themselves since they can be fulfilling to incredible depths of pleasure all by themselves), but I would imagine this wine would pair well with fruit tarts (especially those made with summer fruits like peaches and apricots) and cheeses (the more pungent the better, I would think).

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    9/20/2013 2:50:00 AM - Excellent note! Just reading it, makes me want to drink my single bottle of this wine.

Red

2004 Bodegas Pintia (Vega-Sicilia) Toro Pintia

Tempranillo more

8/24/2013 - wine strategies wrote: NR

Opened Friday morning, sampled and re-corked, served double-blind on Saturday night after 30 minutes in decanter. So glad I got to try this double-blind (one of two different entries on the night), as I didn't want to be influenced by the label/my wine. Deep garnet toward purple, no sign of age. Moments of brilliance on the nose and palate, but really nothing too memorable here, not now at least. Well lifted, but simple at times, this required quite a lot coaxing in the glass to get going. Yes, it did get better over the course of the 3 hour lamb dinner, but marginally at best. I had much higher hopes for this, but as it was, it finished #3 of 4 in the $50/bottle blind tier, slightly ahead of the 2004 Ch. St Jean Cinq Cepages - which is really not saying that much. 14,5% abv, held since release, cork like new, but met only my most minimal of expectations. Next bottle in 5-7 years, perhaps some tertiary development can salvage part of this investment.

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    8/25/2013 11:22:00 AM - Hey! Certainly this wine takes some time to offer what you may be looking for. I had some bottles of the 04 and it fullfilled my taste as I was looking for powerful, black fruited, mineral wine. Had some friends who have done verticals of Pintia and bewared me that the wines start (for their taste) faint/go downhill at age 10 (I assume the "power"), so maybe that can be a reference point for you. In any case, I think 04 is a really powerful, long term ageing vintage.

    FWIW, early this year I had an Alion vertical (01-06), with all wines being more or less too young. However we had a fill in with a 1996 that was simply memorable, stunning, with a very earthy profile and tertiary flavors. Despite the fact it is not the same wine, but being the same house and same wine style, maybe that can be another reference for your Pintias.

    Cheers
    J.

Red

2009 Dominio Pingus Ribera del Duero Flor de Pingus

Tempranillo more

7/4/2013 - Christoffer78 Likes this wine: 95 points

Absolutely stunning, the 2009 Flor de Pingus is a magnificent effort. Ater about an hour or two the wine opens up and provides brilliant red fruit, kirsch, raspberry, thyme, sage and lavender. The palate is super integrated and its dense complexity offers a lot of promise for the future. The tannins are there, as is the acidity and the length on the finish just goes on and on. This effort will continue to evolve for a good ten years - or more and last for two to three decades. In terms of complexity combined with a brilliant promise for the future, this is one of the top five wines I have ever tasted. It is a total stunner. For sure.

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    7/4/2013 2:18:00 PM - Hey Chris! Nice note. I see you have fallen for this one. This is certainly a very rewarding vintage for FdP, either for inmediate consumption or long time cellaring, as I think it will please all palates. I will let my bottles rest for a long time... and see if I can resist popping one within the next five years.
    Best,

Red

2004 Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/25/2013 - Periko wrote: 92 points

Decanted for 1 hour. Intense but a bit monolithic nose with ripe red fruit, cassis and plum... everything a bit overripe. On palate this wine is massive, carrying a high acidity to match its full body. For me acidity is just a bit descompensated and overwhleming. A lot of fruit, with present tannins and a long finish made this wine improve every hour and even better the following day when finished for breakfast. (91-92+).

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    7/4/2013 11:46:00 AM - I have to admit it was unconvencional but the previous night leftovers (there was also a Clio, a mencia and something else) happened to be a good match for a powerful breakfast with fried eggs, spicy chorizo, cheese and other cured sausages.... oh well, that's what happens when you gather a few wine geeks for a weekend in an isolated house in the country! Recommended... with caution.

White - Sparkling

2005 Gramona Cava III Lustros Gran Reserva

Macabeo-Xarel-lo-Parellada Blend more

4/18/2013 - honest bob wrote: 81 points

From 75cl, excellent natural-faced crown cork. Reliable provenance, perfectly cellared. The wine in my glass is a mediocre 8 EUR Cava masquerading as a 30 EUR/95PP star. Amazing how an inflated price tag and a fancy write-up can convince people that they are drinking something special. Don't believe the hype. Yeasty and rather impure smell of mature white wine from non-aromatic grapes; very ordinary cava taste (inexpressive juice, rather fierce, obtrusive bubbles). Reminiscent of commercial supermarket cava without the added sugar; winey finish. Avoid. 81P

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    5/3/2013 9:28:00 AM - I had this wine this year and it has pretty much nothing to do with your description.

    I find a little bit imprudent to label a wine you seem to have tried once as "mediocre", "ordinary" and advice to "avoid" it. Probably you have not familiar with Xarel·lo cavas, which by the way its a quite aromatic grape but it's more known for its structure and body. It is true Gramona has a more mature profile, but that doesn't make it "cheap" or vulgar as it seems you think. Actually, a sparkling wine that rests 5 years on its lees can't certainly be very cheap and while in Spain it has a bit lower price tag (€25), it's a much better sparkler than many house champagnes. I wonder what would you say if you try Celler Batlle.

    A better advice would be to try it again as maybe the bottle you had was not right. A possible output could be that this wine profile doesn't fit with your palate, as I think you may like more pungent and mineral whites. Admiting that would be more suitable and elegant than trashing a wine - with bullet proof history - like you did.

    @neecies: who went nuts on this wine was Neal Martin, not JM.

Red

2004 Bodegas y Viñedos Maurodos Toro Viña San Román

Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo more

5/2/2013 - Periko wrote: 91 points

Consistent with previous notes. Drank over two days. Needs to let it breath. Nose with red fruit, smoke, pepper, vanilla. Palate with vanilla and roasted coffee, still has wood and tannins too present. I enjoyed much more in day one. (90-91)

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    5/3/2013 8:36:00 AM - Este San Román lo encontré un tanto austero. Creo que necesitan bastante aireación. Las botellas que más he distrutado son 2002 y un memorable 2003, así que tal vez es mejor darle más guarda a 2004. 2006 por otro lado es una añada más fresca que me gustó bastante.

    En cuanto a los 2004, por lo catado y mi poca experiencia, encuentro que es una añada extraordinaria por la estructura, acidez y potencia de los vinos, sin embargo en algún caso creo que han pecado de exceso de calidez. Pisón 04 o Picón 04 son vinos absolutamente memorables que pueden tener su público según el "estado" o edad del vino que a uno guste. Es imposible que no gusten.

    Casi todo lo que he catado de esta añada en Rioja me ha cautivado (Remelluri, Pujanza Norte, etc.). Ceo que, en general, requieren de tiempo para domarse y sacar los mejor de si, aunque creo que son vinos de un perfl un tanto opulentos/calidos, lo que me hace dudar si todos pueden llegar a la meta en condiciones. Aún y así, tengo la sensación de que la acidez y estructura de esta añada dará vinos sensacionales para largo.

    Tal vez la frescura de 2005 me apasione más...a largo plazo todo se verá.
    Un saludo

White

2010 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

Chardonnay more

4/10/2013 - alanr wrote: 87 points

A little boring, a little flabby, a little overripe, a little oaky. Not bad, not exciting.

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    4/21/2013 8:41:00 AM - You mean oaky on palate? This wine is aged in stainless steel tanks only, so there's no way to find oak in palate and even less on nose. Maybe some "fat" on palate because of yeast?

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    4/21/2013 2:50:00 PM - Hello again. I wrote the comment because, aside of the oak thing, I was a bit surprised as I had the 08 of this wine but it was rigth the opposite: pungent, mineral, saline and probably on the "thin" side. Thanks for the feedback.

Red

2010 Bodegas AAlto Ribera del Duero P.S.

Tempranillo more

3/26/2012 - Periko wrote: 93 points

Tasted at La Musica del Vi. Barrel sample. Dark. A lot of wood, vanilla on nose, red fruit. Primary and monolithic. Super tannic, fruity, balanced, high acidity, very long finish. (92-93)

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    1/3/2013 6:58:00 AM - Hello Philippe,

    It's difficult for me to compare, as I tasted both 2009 and 2010 in the same session and the latter still had to go 9 more months in barrel. With that being said, 2010 had a a very good balance, tannins and fruit despite the amount of noticiable wood. These wines need a lot of time in bottle. In Ribera, 2009 has been an "hedonistic" vintage, while 2010 is more femenine and elegant. Both are a can't miss vintage and I surely will get my PS2010 soon.
    Hope this helps.

    Jordi

Red

2004 Bodegas Pintia (Vega-Sicilia) Toro Pintia

Tempranillo more

11/23/2012 - cubswinws wrote: 90 points

Heavy and dark. This bottle seemed a bit closed and one dimensional.

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    11/23/2012 5:08:00 PM - Hi CubswinWS,
    Did you give it any decant? Just wondering as I always decanted this wine and always was quite expressive.

Red

2004 Pujanza Rioja Norte

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

7/30/2011 - Rich S wrote: 89 points

Dark purple color. Nose of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruit. More of the same and a bit too oaky for me on the palate. Came across a bit flat in terms of flavor and there was some heat on the back end. Nose was the best part of the wine. 100 pts JM? Really?

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    11/19/2012 7:34:00 AM - The 100 pts are from Andres Proensa in 2008, a spanish wine critic, not Jay Miller, who rated it 93.

Red

2003 Alvaro Palacios Priorat Les Terrasses

Carignan Blend, Carignan more

7/28/2012 - Anonymous Likes this wine: 89 points

Black berry fruits, earth, leather, chocolate in both the bouquet as well as the taste. Pleasant acidity, soft tannin with still a good bite. The wine is ready now and will stay on this level for some years; at least until 2015.

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    11/14/2012 4:57:00 PM - Hello Zweder,
    So do you feel confident this can hold a bit longer? I still have one bottle left that would like to hold couple years max... some ppl told me this should be drunk up, mostly due to the conditions of that vintage (extreme heat). Thanks,

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    11/15/2012 12:32:00 AM - Hi Zweder, thanks for your clarification. It has been a great help, as usual as your well elaborate and descriptive notes. Regards.

Red

2007 Demencia de Autor Bierzo Demencia

Mencía more

3/22/2012 - peblin wrote: 89 points

Served this semi-blind to 50 ppl. Couldn't have said it better than one of the participants; "This feels like a wine that ws created *only* to get high scores".

To me this is grape-rape. Smoky, burnt, almost south african. Extracted, too much of a muchness, too little faith in Mencia and way too much belief in fancypants coldsoaking and overoaking. Which is terribly sad, because underneath all manipulation is a layer of exciting spicy and flowery typicity.

Points collected for structure and acidity, the body is medium-full and mouth-feel plesant. Pass.

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    7/6/2012 7:57:00 AM - Hello Peblin,
    Im no mencia expert and I agree Demencia is probably a bit more ripe than other mencias. However, I would like you to note that this wine is probably one of the most natural, grape firendly or whatever you want to call wine projects where the winemaker "intrusion" into the grape growing is non-existent. This wine is what these few vineyard plots and its vines give, nothing else. Also, the production is super tiny at 6,000 bottles. Also, I see this is 2007, which seems to need a few more time laying down. Finally, just out of curiosity at the comment of one of your guests, this wine has never been rated, tasted to be rated or sent samples to rate.
    Hope this helps to "see" it a bit different.

Red

2009 Raul Pérez Bierzo Ultreia St. Jacques

Mencía more

7/3/2012 - thewineoceros wrote: 91 points

Bierzo has for me been the best discovery of the last 2 years. The quality is mind blowing given the average price. £10-£15 can turn out a top quality bottle. If you havent dabbled then I strongly advise seeking out - the Mencia grape has a great future. Raul Perez is one of the more famous proponants in this region and this wine was a great example. Had this open for a few days now, and it has softened beautifully, without losing any of its initial intensity. Fresh nose that oozes spice and red berry, but the palate is where this wine springs to life. Just perfect balance with the ripe grippy tannins, refreshing acidity and juicy fruit, sent off with a good medium finish. This wine will certainly improve over the short to medium term. 91++

  • Comment posted by Periko:

    7/5/2012 5:51:00 PM - Ah, you may be lucky and be able to grab some 2010's, which will exclusively sold abroad (of Spain). FWIW, 2010 is a much richer, balanced and overall better vintage than 2009.

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