A private lunch (Restaurant Mugaritz **, Enterreria, Spain): Harmonious, rich, fresh, spicy, meaty, violets, good concentration and weight, fresh red fruit, velvety, perfectly integrated tannins, deep, smoky oak, great Tempranillo typicity, beautifully pure flavours and length. Fabulous Alion, a wonderful marriage of finesse and power.
Drinking beatiful today. Opened for 2.5hrs devanting. Very heavy nose of cassis and tabbaco. The taste has very appealing butterscotch, strawberry, and chocolate. The finnish comes through for a full minute. Truly enjoyed this wine and would say it has another 5-10yrs of aging.
Black in color. Nose of blackberry and coffee. Beautiful fruit at inception of blueberry and black cherry. Over time, fruit subsided to an earthy quality and charcoal revealed. A nice balanced wine that started strong, but became subdued.
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(Bodegas y Viñedos Alión Ribera del Duero) Very dark red violet color; redolent, oak, ripe berry, tart blackberry, black cherry nose; tasty, rich, tart blackberry, integrating oak palate with drying tannins; medium-plus finish
Here are a few specials at great prices to wrap up the year. None of these are cast-offs, they are first-run wines that should cost a lot more. All would have been offers in their own right but quantities are too small.
As always, all have impeccable provenance.
Please limit requests to 6/each wine and we will allocate accordingly:
2006 Nicolas Cole Syrah "Dauphine" (Walla Walla) Last year's "Dauphine" was highly rated by the national press and given a nice review by Paul Gregutt - the 2006 should trump that wine by a wide margin as it's the first Dauphine to incorporate a majority of estate fruit in the blend. You can check pricing on the 2005 to see how good of a tarriff this is. This parcel is directly from the winery cellar. EXTREMELY LIMITED at this pre-release price (will be available early in the new year).
2005 Clos de Sarpe 750ml (St. Emilion) This incredible wine reminds me of what the 1900 Margaux must have been like on release - it is so old-school and layered with a tannic, gritty presence that it has the chance to last for 50-100 years (I'm not kidding). In addition, this price is less than the first tranche offer 2-3 years ago (but we don't have much so I'm burying it here in this offer)...
2002 Bodegas Alion (Vega Sicilia)
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA
Bord8570 WA5990 Spain6620
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