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Community Tasting Notes (60) Avg Score: 90.5 points

  • My thoughts echo that of Cristian_M, a damn nice wine.

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  • Storng oak and vanilla. Notes of toasted oak are strong to the point of dirty. Tasteful finish.

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  • oxidative nose with some hints of oak, grilled hazelnuts, good freshness, dry finish. perhaps the fruit is on the thin side come mid-palate, but all in all just a very nice wine experience. Went well with a fish soup that included some smoked jalapenos, and a ramen broth with a lot of intensity.

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  • A stunningly good white. Fresh, acidic and briney. Plenty of darker flavors like wax, almond, bark and a certain Fino/Manzanilla funk to it, but with a touch of sweetness in the backbone that makes this come across as almost youthful. Though the color is flaxen, the wine doesn't have an oxidized quality that one would expect from other wines this age. Very long finish with a progressive complexity that is remarkable. Simply a pleasure to sip and enjoy.

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  • An insane wine, per the established wisdom for dry white wines, which is to bottle them young and release them out of the winery as fresh as possible. When I bought this a few years ago, 1998 was the current release of this wine, whose grapes are 90% Viura and 10% Malvasia, made as a reserva, maximally aged in oak barrels. This wine simply defies all expectations. Most white wines released anywhere near 17 years after being harvested would be dead on arrival. The color is the same light yellow of most all 3 year old white wines. The ethereally perfumed nose has zero of the butterscotch which is a typical give away that a white wine is older. The mouth entry has the firmness one would expect from a wine that extracted tannins from the grape skins. Bright acidity accompanies the taste all the way out though an almost endless finish. The wine goes magnificently with foods ranging from salads to meats. I bought this as a defiant oddity, but it won me over for its wonderful quality.

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    September/October 2013, IWC Issue #170, (See more on Vinous...)

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