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Item: #381465
Bottle Size:750ml

Winemaker's Notes - "Deep red cherry in color. Elegant, fresh and complex nose that highlights ripe fruit and floral notes. Nice and fresh on the palate, well-balanced Read More...
with sweet but still young tannins, a delicious mouthful sensation that lingers on the very long and smooth finish."

We were floored by this truly sophisticated tasting wine that costs so little money. Old word fans, take note! You will want this at hand as the Fall season approaches.

The wine comes from Alicante, a charming harbor town in southeastern Spain. It is a lesser-known wine region compared to Rioja, but it brings excellent value and amazing quality wines. The winemaking family “Primitivo Quiles” (not to be confused with the grape primitivo) has been around wine for over 200 years, and looking at their label, not much has been changed since then!

This thick-skinned heavy-duty grape has been growing, uninterrupted, in southeast Spain since the 15th century. The Quiles family make their youngest (Joven), the "Cono 4" from 100% Monastrell (a.k.a: Mouvedre) from vines ranging in age from 50 to an incredible 110 years old. The Primitivo Quiles “Cono 4” was fermented and aged in 80 year old oak foudres. Monastrell can be big, dense and tarry, but this is a gentleman’s Monastrell with elegant fruit and lacking in harsh edges.

Think of this wine as a cross between an aged French Bandol, and a traditionally styled Rioja with a core of dusty plum, figs, and cherry fruit. It is rustic, with mild dark fruit and a seamless finish. The most impressive and memorable thing about of this wine is its texture. It is both rustic and velvet, the tannins are present and provide structure, but are so gentle and soothing. A truly great find!

Garnet color with a pinkish rim, this is a medium-bodied wine with aromas of dark chocolate, raisins, figs, fall leaves. On the palate is brambly fruit, wild herbs, and earth, with dark plum, figs, and warm berry compote. Although aromatically this wine has many sweet characteristics, this a dry wine. The savory dark-fruited palate also boasts balanced acidity, good minerality, and subtle orange peel on the finish. Super-soft tannins and medium acidity, provide this wine with a gentle pleasing finish. This is a comforting wine to be had with braised meat, roast pork, Cassoulet or English Cheddar.
Item: #380124
Bottle Size:750ml WS:91

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS 'SMART BUY" - "Rich yet harmonious, this polished red delivers a core of black cherry and cassis framed with smoke, mineral, Read More...
licorice and espresso notes. Juicy acidity and well-intergrated tannins give this structure. A modern style. Drick now through 2022."

ROBERT PARKER 91 POINTS - “The outstanding 2012 Tarima Hill is 100% old-vine Mourvèdre from a vineyard planted between 1935 and 1970, whose vines are largely ungrafted. It was aged 20 months in French oak. This is a beautifully balanced wine revealing lots of blueberry liqueur, dark raspberries, cherries, a chalky minerality, full body, a big, substantial mouthfeel, and a meaty texture. Drink now-2019”

STEPHAN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 92 POINTS - “Opaque ruby. Heady, seductively perfumed aromas of dark berry liqueur, cherry-cola, Indian spices, and candied violet, with a smoky mineral nuance adding vivacity. Sweet, penetrating and seamless on the palate, offering intense black raspberry and mocha flavors underscored by juicy acidity. At once rich and energetic, finishing with strong thrust, supple tannins and a whiplash of floral pastilles.”

After nearly than 30 years of importing Spanish wines to the US, Jorge Ordoñez knows a promising vineyard when he sees one—he is a rare talent who has grown from a taster and curator of other producers, to a terroir-hound, who hunts and buys his own vineyards across Spain. In 2003 Jorge began buying old-vine Monastrell vineyards in Alicante for the Tarima/Tarima Hill estate. The soils are an austere mix of limestone and sand. Spain’s vineyards are often planted at elevation, producing wide swings of temperature from day to night. In Alicante, that temperature swing can be as much as 60°F—a rare combination that both deepens ripeness and preserves freshness and acidity in the finished wine. In short, Alicante is a dramatic place to grow grapes and it shows in the concentration and power of the wines. Jorge’s first release of Tarima Hill, 2009, scored 92 points from Robert Parker, followed shortly by a 93 point effort for the 2010. For our palates, the 2012 Tarima Hill Monastrell is the best yet—we like Josh Reynold’s notes about “Indian Spices and candied violet” as there is exotic prettiness in this vintage of Tarima Hill that adds beauty and delicacy alongside all the weighty black-fruit and sumptuous power. Stunning.
Item: #382919
Bottle Size:750ml

STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 93 POINTS - "Inky ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes fresh black and blue fruits, incense, potpourri, Read More...
and five spice powder. Stains the palate with intense boysenberry and cherry compote flavors, given spine and lift by a zesty mineral nuance. Densely packed yet lithe, finishing with outstanding thrust and smooth tannins that build slowly."

Legendary Australian Winemaker Chris Ringland and partner Jorge Ordonez have set out to make explosive, rarified bottlings twice before, with Alto Moncayo & El Nido “Clio.” Triga is the newest of these partnerships, this time centered on a local partnership with Tarima/Tarima Hill in Alicante, Spain. The blend is very similar to the early bottlings of El Nido “Clio,” made primarily of extremely low-yielding Monastrell (aka Mourvedre), from mountainside vineyards (the oldest planted in 1925), with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon added to the blend (planted in 1981).

Triga is the hedonistic luscious masterpiece that fans of Alto Moncayo and El Nido “Clio” would expect. Look for an inky, purple black color; ripe blueberry and liqueur-like blackberry fruit complimented by a range of exotic spices. Triga overflows with richness and power, but the vineyard sits on a mountain of fossilized chalk. This limestone influence shows with added minerality and a vibrant, red currant-like raciness underlying the fruit. The Triga has not been scored yet by Wine Spectator, but we’re quite sure it will score as big as it did with last years inaugural release (94 Points). Josh Reynolds at Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, on the other hand, has jumped on the new release of Triga with a score of 93 points!
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