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Flight 1 - Champagnes (3 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. A.D. Coutelas Champagne "Louis Victor" Fût de Chéne Brut France, Champagne
90 points
Deg. dec 20. The wine has high acidity. Smells of apple and yeast. On the palate there are yellow apples, bakery and marzipan.
White - Sparkling
2008 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Extra Brut France, Champagne
91 points
Nose with both yellow and red apples. Smells of sweet fruit, spices and sweets. On the palate, the wine has high acidity, tastes of apple maple, and other sweet fruits.
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White - Sparkling
2007 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Louis Brut Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne
93 points
Round and harmonious smell. Bakery, perfume, and sweet fruit. In the mouth, the wine is calm and subdued with a pleasantly balanced acidity. Flavors of soda powder, salt, sea and shells. Nice length.
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Flight 2 - Two blinds and a red (3 notes)

Red
1995 Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
89 points
Very reductive at first. The wine is reddish-brown. Smells like coffee, dark fruit, pepper, and a little green. Some mint on the palate. Sweet and sour fruit, but the wine has some paprika notes that do not disappear. Nice structure and decent length.
Red
2009 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero
94 points
Complex nose with butter, oak, mint, blueberry, dark fruit, vanilla, licorice, and dark spices. Very concentrated in the mouth. Dark fruit syrup, coffee, and hints of oak. Very long.
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Flight 3 - Whites (2 notes)

White
2004 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
91 points
Fresh, while the wine has a fortified feeling. Nose with wax, ripe citrus, almond and marzipan. Slightly bitter on the palate. Some citrus and apricot.
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White
1996 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
92 points
Nose with apricot and some citrus. The wine has a fortified touch, but has a good concentrated fruit taste and high acidity.

Flight 4 - Historical Spain (8 notes)

Red
1970 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
84 points
The wine is light brown, transparent. Smells like tea and overripe fruit. Broth, spices and tar. Tastes anise and prunes, and thin fruit. The wine still has some tannins and acid. Soaked cork, and most likely a non-optimal bottle. More interesting than good.
Red
2007 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
93 points
Given four hours of air. Nose with juniper, forest, leather, dark fruit, and herbs. Very concentrated taste of dark fruit, spruce, herbs, and cola. The wine is juicy.
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Red
2010 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
97 points
Complex nose with blueberries, steel, licorice, juniper, pharmacy, and steel. On the palate, it is complex and concentrated. Many different flavors; strawberries, licorice, forest, and dark fruit. Fairly tight structure, very long, and with a precise and concentrated finish.
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Red
1982 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
87 points
Reddish-brown. Nose with tea, slim fruit, and some spices. Nice structure, and decent concentration. Indeterminate taste, but some sour-sweet fruit. Over the top.
Red
1988 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
86 points
Very reductive. Nose with fart and some strawberries. Thin taste, with some fruit along the lines of strawberries.Over the top, not optimal bottle.
Red
1990 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
90 points
Reductive. Nose with dairy product and bread, dark fruit. On the palate there is nice concentration with dark red fruit as the most prominent.
Red
1964 Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
92 points
Ruby red. Nose with delicious round red fruit, flowers and sweet spices. On the palate there is bright red fruit and good acidity. Finish with juniper and forest.
Red
2001 Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
92 points
Round nose with red fruit, dairy, velvet, hung meat, and leather. Tastes of dark fruit, and dark berries. The wine is still tight and should have several years ahead of it.
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Flight 5 - Sweet closure (2 notes)

White - Fortified
1983 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Spain, Andalucía, Montilla-Moriles
90 points
Black. Viscous. Prunes, Skol and chocolate sauce.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1999 Château Suduiraut France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
92 points
Amber, golden. Viscous. Apricot, honey, sweet citrus. Long
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