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Item: #380811
Bottle Size:750ML

ROBERT PARKER 91 POINTS - "Yields for the 2013 Monastrell (100% Monastrell aged six months in neutral French oak barrels, concrete and foudres) were Read More...
16 to 25 hectoliters per hectare, which is about half of that permitted in Burgundy. An amazing value, this wine boasts a dense blue/purple color as well as a sumptuous nose of blueberries, blackberries, scorched earth, licorice and forest floor. Stunningly pure and medium to full-bodied with oodles of fruit, this is a remarkable value to drink until the cows come home. Consume it over the next 2-3 years."

Over the past several years, we have become unabashed fans of the wines produced in the once unheralded region of Jumilla. The vines in this parched and seemingly barren region in south-east Spain produce wines of incredible richness and concentration at unbelievable prices. Casa Castillo produces this outstanding Monastrell-based wine without chemicals and practices organic farming. Robert Parker gushed about this estate writing, “Considered by many observers to be the finest estate in Jumilla, Casa Castillo is a treasure-trove for fabulous values, particularly from the Monastrell (Mourvedre) grape that loves the chalky terroirs and cool slopes of the Sierra del Molar.”

On the nose, the wine displays aromas of dark sumptuous fruits, Kirsch and baking spices. On the palate, this wine shows great purity showcasing ripe black and blue fruit with notions of vanilla bean and semi-sweet chocolate that only enhance the complexity of this delicious wine. The tannins are supple and silky smooth on this delicious wine which has no hard edges. We are excited to be able to offer this outstanding hand-harvested wine, which is absolutely delicious and an incredible value.
Item: #373831
Bottle Size:750ml

INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 90 POINTS - " Brilliant ruby. Sexy, floral-accented dark berry aromas show very good clarity. Sweet, penetrating blackberry Read More...
and lavender pastille flavors are complemented by smoky oak and vanilla nuances and show a hint of peppery spices. Finishes with lingering florality, smooth, even tannins and very good length."
Item: #382153
Bottle Size:750ml

Monastrell is our region classic variety and with Altos de la Hoya we aim to capture its essence. Blend.- 90% Monastrell, 10% Grenache Harvest & Elaboration.- Read More...
Harvested during begining of October. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Wood aging.- Aged during 6 months in French oak, a combination of barrels and 60hl oak tanks. Only a small percentage may be new. Tasting note.- Deep ruby. Ripe, powerful scents of red and dark fruits, minerals and spices. Finishes fresh and long, with a repeating dark fruit note. Food pairing.- An exceptional combination with red meats and stews.

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: #380888
Bottle Size:750ml

Tarima Hill is grown and produced in the D.O. Alicante in Eastern Spain, and is a relatively new project of Rafael Cañizares and Jorge Ordoñez. Alicante has a Read More...
long history of grape growing and wine production, which was probably introduced by the ancient Romans. The 'Golden Age of Alicante' wines was during the 16th and 17th centuries, when they were imported to northern Europe by English, Swedish and Flemish merchants. While this 'Golden Age' may have been long ago, the wines produced from this area are still fantastic and can be some of the best-priced, 'top value' wines we see and taste.

The grape used in this wine is 100% Monastrell with the age of the vines ranging from 25-35 years old. The soil is very chalky and are at an elevation of some 2,100 feet above sea level. The winery owns (80 hectares) 192 acres of vineyards, some of which are certified organic.

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.
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