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Red

1997 Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles

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1/5/2014 - Ridgerunner Likes this wine: 92 points

A great wine overshadowed by an extremely competitive night

  • Comment posted by Ridgerunner:

    4/19/2014 6:28:00 AM - These wines are drinking just fine. Drink now or within the next 3-5 years is my guess!

Red

2006 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio

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12/1/2013 - Ridgerunner Likes this wine: 93 points

clearly quite young and not entirely ready. Still the wine of the night. Beautiful on the nose and palate!

  • Comment posted by Ridgerunner:

    12/2/2013 6:49:00 AM - I am quite familiar with this wine from earlier vintages. It was decanted for about 90 minutes and that blow off some of the residual alcohol. But, generally the alcohol tends to dissipate with real aging and this wine continues to open up and become very rich yet delicate!

  • Comment posted by Ridgerunner:

    12/3/2013 7:50:00 PM - These wines do evolve… they are just too good to resist at times! I actually opened this bottle so as not to drink my older bottles. Way more to this than an Australian fruit bomb. Then again, this winemaker is not an Aussie fruitbomb maker. Most of his wines have legs for aging!

    I hate it when people who drink RHone varietals from Spain or Australia at 3-5 years of age say that these wines don't evolve. Really, if they just waited or gave it a chance to hit 10-20 years of bottle age… when they are just opening up!

  • Comment posted by Ridgerunner:

    12/6/2013 3:51:00 PM - Chris Ringland is one of the truly great winemakers out there today! Jorge Ordonez is a major importer from Spain into the United States. His portfolio is fairly broad. You can't characterize it across the board because it spans from truly great old wine houses to emerging young value wineries. There are many exciting new wines emerging from Spain, and I really like the wines of Jumilla. I also really like the wines of Raul Perez imported by Patrick Mata of Ole Imports. I would also point out that at a blind tasting of refined older palates, a Spanish Garnacha was selected over great wines from CNdP and the US. You have to go into this with open eyes and go by what you are tasting from what comes out of the bottle, without pre-judgments.

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