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ARTADI 10 VINAS DE GAIN
ARTADI 2010 VINAS DE GAIN
Item: #378094
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:91
$21.99
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WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The 2010 Vinas de Gain red, from a very balanced vintage is made with Tempranillo sourced from different vineyards Read More...
in Laguardia averaging 30 years of age. It is fermented in open stainless steel tanks and aged in French oak barrels for one year. It’s a little closed and requires some time to start showing its nose. The palate is explosive, with clean acidity and balance, pure, hedonistic with great depth. It slowly develops some minty, balsamic aromas coating the red fruit, with even notes of fennel. 150,000 bottles were produced. Drink 2014-2022. "

WINE ENTHUSIAST 91 POINTS - "Everything about this highly functional Rioja is nice. The nose is fresh, minerally and shows complexities like cinnamon aromas and herbs. The palate is snappy and racy, but not shear or acidic. Flavors of plum, berry and oak are pure and bold, while the finish is dry, lightly toasted and shows minerality and coffee notes. Drink through 2019. "

INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 91 POINTS - - "Assertive red fruit and floral scents are brightened by a minerally nuance. Spicy, penetrating and gently sweet, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors and a touch of rose. The long finish features gentle tannic grip and very good spicy lift, leaving a cherry pit note behind."
BAGORDI 09 GRACIANO
BAGORDI 2009 GRACIANO
Item: #382226
Bottle Size:750ml
$24.98
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This wine is 100% Graciano, which is quite rare, since Graciano is usually used as a blending grape for Reservas due to its excellent aging potential in bottle. The 2009 Graciano Read More...
is aged for 8 months in French oak and has a beautiful blend of dark fruits intermingled with toasted oak on the nose. The full-bodied mid-palate of this wine offers outstanding floral notes of violet mixed with dark berries, while the finish is both rich and balanced.
BODEGAS LAN 08 RESERVA
BODEGAS LAN 2008 RESERVA
Item: #380804
Bottle Size:750ML
WA:91
$15.98
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CAPELLANIA 08 RESERVA
MARQUES DE MURRIETA 2008 CAPELLANIA RESERVA
Item: #381548
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:90
$23.98
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WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS "The 2008 Capellania Blanco Reserva is the only white produced by Murrieta at this time and comes from a vineyard called Capellania, Read More...
the highest plot within the Ygay Estate, located at 485 meters altitude. It’s 100% Viura from 60-year-old vines harvested on October 6, cold-fermented for 30-40 days and aged for 19 months in new French oak barriques, with no malolactic. It has notes of chamomile, dried flowers, honey, pollen, beeswax and roasted nuts with great complexity and elegance, in a slightly oxidative way. Medium to full-bodied in the palate, it is round, with good amounts of glycerin, pungent flavors and superb balance. 19,500 bottles produced. It should have a good evolution in bottle. Drink 2014-2018."

Yes, this is one of the oldest wineries in Rioja, created back in the 19th century, and they keep their traditions, but now but each wine is selected from specific plots, something that they have done since the year 2000, a year that marked a big change in the winery. I feel more balance and better integration of the oak with the wine in recent vintages
CUNE 06 VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
CUNE 2006 VINA REAL GRAN RESERVA
Item: #376010
Bottle Size:750ml
$41.95
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STEPHEN TANZER 91 POINTS - "A blend of tempranillo and graciano, aged for 24 months in French and American oak): Ruby-red. Cherry, black raspberry Read More...
and vanilla on the nose, with suave tobacco and cedar nuances adding complexity. Sweet and open-knit red fruit flavors gain weight and depth with air, picking up licorice and cocoa powder qualities and a touch of floral pastilles. Silky tannin come on late and add shape to a long, spicy finish. I've no doubt that this is a good cellar candidate but it drinks very well right now.
CUNE 07 IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA
CUNE 2007 IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA
Item: #382304
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:93+
$59.98
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WINE ADVOCATE 93+ POINTS - "The 2007 Imperial Gran Reserva is again a great wine in the making. Red fruit and plenty of spices (nutmeg), the palate Read More...
shows great acidity and abundant tannins that need resolving with time in bottle. Great tension and nerve. I think it will take some time to be released, which is good as it will require some patience. Drink 2016-2021."

Cune has forever been Hi-Time Staff 1 or our top 2 wineries in Rioja. We have had the privilege through out the years of tasting their Gran Reservas as far back as the 50’s. Our reactions are always the same, we ooh and awe, treasuring every sip. Just recently Wine Spectator’s Top 100 garnered Cune Imperial 2004 Gran Reserva as their #1 Wine of the Year. A truly fantastic vintage and yes, we sold out earlier in the year. We are able to offer their 2005 Gran Rerserva, which is another stellar year for Rioja. Limited supply.
CUNE VINA REAL 09 CRIANZA
CUNE VINA REAL 2009 CRIANZA
Item: #381222
Bottle Size:750ml
$12.98
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ROBERT PARKER 91 POINTS - "Another sensational value is the 2009 Rioja Vina Real Crianza. Made from 90% Tempranillo blended with other authorized varietals, Read More...
this effort comes from vineyards in the foothills of Sierra Cantabria. Exceptionally ripe with a dark ruby/purple color, excellent texture, and outstanding concentration, length and equilibrium, this is one of the finest value-priced Riojas in the marketplace. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years."

Cune has forever been Hi-Time Staff 1 or our top 2 wineries in Rioja. We have had the privilege through out the years of tasting their Gran Reservas as far back as the 50’s. Our reactions are always the same, we ooh and awe, treasuring every sip. Just recently Wine Spectator’s Top 100 garnered Cune Imperial 2004 Gran Reserva as their #1 Wine of the Year. A truly fantastic vintage and yes, we sold out earlier in the year. We are able to offer their 2005 Gran Rerserva, which is another stellar year for Rioja. Limited supply.
DEOBRIGA 09 RIOJA
DEOBRIGA 2009 "SELECION FAMILIAR"
Item: #380263
Bottle Size:750ML
$16.98
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This particular rendition combines classicTempranillo vectors of wild cherry/berry and mixed currant fruit with subtle notes of cedar, clove, fresh leather, warm spice,exotic herbs Read More...
and candied licorice. All of the above is framed in traditional Spanish fashion with the creamy vanilla influenceof American oak. Graceful and silky on the palate, the wine evolves nicely in the glass and brings a fair amount of complexityand richness to bear for the price. The wine’s even-keeled finish let’s you down softly and brings you back for more! A moreartisinal, feminine-styled Rioja, if you will, that represents a nice change of pace from the ocean of industrial-styled winecurrently permeating the marketplace! The name Deobriga (“Divine Bridge”) comes from “Deo” meaning God and “Briga”which means Bridge. Trust us, this is one bridge you don’t want to miss crossing!
FAUSTINO 01 GRAN RES
FAUSTINO 2001 GRAN RESERVA
Item: #378875
Bottle Size:750ML
$29.95
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DECANTER MAGAZINE WINE OF THE YEAR 97 POINTS - "Restrained, mineral style with elegant tannins.Youthful and fresh, feminine and complex. Deliciously decadent, Read More...
with extraordinary vitality in the palate and a long, unique finish. A jewel at this price."

LA TIMES WINE OF THE WEEK! (3/19/14) - "One of Spains great Bodegas - Still family owned to this day, dating back to 1861. Don Julio Faustino is at the helm. Faustino is possibly the best known Rioja around the world and Faustino 1 the Gran Reserva certainly sets the benchmarks for others to follow."

The evidence is in and the verdict is undeniable. The Faustino Gran Reserva offers one of the most incredible wine values on the planet. Where else can you get a 97 point-rated wine crafted by a legendary producer, which is aged for more than a decade in their cellar-all for under $30.00? Did we mention 2001 was a great vintage in Rioja? The price of admission for one of the world’s greatest wines is extraordinarily inexpensive. This wine is beguiling, complex and elegant. It remains fresh with nice fruit and delicious, savory flavors. This wine will age, but is drinking beautifully right now.
LA RIOJA ALTA 01 890 GRAN RES
$135.00
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LA RIOJA ALTA 04 ARDANZA
LA RIOJA ALTA 2004 VINA ARDANZA RESERVA
Item: #377294
Bottle Size:750ml WS:94
$29.98
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*TOP 100 WINES OF 2013*
WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS
- "Cedar, tobacco and spice hints frame dried cherry, berry and vanilla Read More...
notes in this silky red. The flavors mingle nicely, framed by juicy acidity and light but firm tannins. The wine has a lovely, weightless intensity. A fine example of the traditional style. Drink now through 2020."

Bodega La Rioja Alta was formed in 1890 and is an outstanding producer, supplying fully mature wines of world class quality. The wines are made in the traditional Riojan manner with Tempranillo as the primary grape along with careful aging in oak and bottle that gives Rioja its unique character. The La Rioja Alta wines display a wonderful rich ruby color, gorgeous aromas of oak, spices and fruit followed by a sensational feel on the palate. These wines offer a wonderfully complex bouquet, rich flavors, a seductively smooth texture and are ready to drink upon release.
LA RIOJA ALTA 04 GRAN RES 904
LA RIOJA ALTA 2004 GRAN RES 904
Item: #380850
Bottle Size:750ML
WA:96
$43.98
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WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "The 2004 Gran Reserva 904 is Tempranillo from Brinas, Labastida and Villalba balanced with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno. Read More...
The grapes were fermented and macerated in inox vats for 14 days at 28º C, and malolactic fermentation lasted 28 days. The wine aged for 4 years in used American oak barrels averaging 4 years old, during which time it was manually racked 8 times. 150,000 bottles were filled. This 2004, from a superb vintage shows a beautiful light red color with a brick rim and a superb nose redolent of balsamic woods, spices, leather, well-hung meat, incense and truffles. The light to medium-bodied palate shows fully resolved tannins, great acidity and pure, pungent flavors that linger in the mouth forever and that can only be Rioja. This is a wine to smell over and over again. It might sound like an exaggeration, but this wine is still too young and you should wait a little bit and drink the superb 2001 vintage which should still be available on the market while this one matures in bottle. At this quality level the price is superb especially considering that the wine is being released 10 years after the vintage. Drink 2016-2024."
LA RIOJA ALTA 98 GRAN 890
LA RIOJA ALTA 1998 GRAN RESERVA 890
Item: #382594
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:94
$135.00
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WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 1998 Gran Reserva 890 is more or less the same blend and vinification as the 1995 with just a little more alcohol (13%). Read More...
It has impressive intensity on the nose with lifted dark cherry and briary notes. It has very fine delineation with aromas of licorice and orange rind. The palate is very well-balanced with fine tannins, crisp acidity and lively fresh citrus fresh fruit: small red cherries intermingling with orange zest, marmalade and cassis. It will need several years before it reaches its drinking plateau, but patently has great potential. Drink 2015-2025."
LLURCE RIO MADRE 12 GRACIANO
BODEGAS Y VINEDOS LLURCE RIO MADRE 2012 GRACIANO
Item: #381064
Bottle Size:750ml
$8.98
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STEPHEN TANZER 91 POINTS - "Opaque ruby. Sexy, high-toned cherry and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by notes of Indian spices and fresh rose. Read More...
Smooth and seamless in texture, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors that become spicier with air. The floral element repeats on the finish, which shows excellent clarity and persistence. This wine delivers uncanny value and has the structure to age."

When searching for our wine of the month for March, this one was roundly praised by all tasters. The nose is a sexy blend of cassis jam, blackberry pie, blackcurrant, Celon tea and charcuterie. The palate contains the same ripe, dark berries as the nose adding notes of tobacco and raw earth. Silky tannins and excellent structure, fine acidity, lead to a resounding finish with echoes of dried fruit and earthy spice.

100% Graciano
Now in the fourth generation of the Escudero family, Bodegas Y Viñedos Ilurce in general, and this Rio Madre in particular, takes full advantage of the climate and terroir in La Rioja Baja. “Lower” Rioja is drier and hotter than Rioja Alta, allowing for full ripening of and great concentration in the grapes. The Graciano grape is used mainly in the Rioja region, known for deep color, aging potential and aromatics.
LOPEZ HEREDIA 03 BOSCONIA RES
LOPEZ HEREDIA 2003 BOSCONIA RESERVA TINTO
Item: #380706
Bottle Size:750ML
$33.99
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STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 92 - "(80% tempranillo, 15% garnacha, 3% graciano and 2% mazuelo): Medium red. Ripe red fruit, Read More...
flowers and spices on the nose, with a smoky nuance emerging with aeration; very fresh for this notoriously hot vintage. Concentrated but not at all heavy, with intense red berry and floral pastille flavors and a deeper note of singed plum. The finish is bright and high-pitched, with lingering cherry and raspberry flavors and a hint of candied licorice."
LOPEZ HEREDIA 04 GRAVONIA BLAN
LOPEZ HEREDIA 2004 VINA GRAVONIA BLANCO
Item: #378010
Bottle Size:750ml
$26.98
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From 50 Year old 100% Viura vines. The entry-level white from Rioja's greatest traditional estate, the 2004 Viña Gravonia is a remarkably serious and unique wine. Sourced from a single Read More...
vineyard called Zaconia, this wine was first developed by the estate's founder to emulate the great white wines of Graves. Four years in American Oak with a nose of quince, beeswax, verbena and honeycomb and a palate that manages both to be outstandingly decadent yet reassuringly fresh; almonds, agrumes and apricots jump from the glass, you will be especially impressed by the poise and power of the finish.
LOPEZ HEREDIA 06 CUBILLO
LOPEZ DE HEREDIA 2006 VINA CUBILLO
Item: #380563
Bottle Size:750ML
$24.98
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WINE ADVOCATE - "The 2006 Vina Cubillo Tinto Crianza is a blend of 65% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho (some wineries, like Lopez de Heredia, Muga or Read More...
Telmo Rodriguez use the masculine name of Garnacha) and the rest Mazuelo and Graciano. It is aged for three years in used 225-liter American oak barrels (the only ones they use), racked twice per year, fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered. It has a dark ruby color with an orange-brownish rim and a nose of red fruit, citric notes of candied orange skin and fresh blood orange, white pepper, balsamic herbs and some raw meat aromas. The palate is very polished, with balsamic flavors, sweet tannins and good acidity. A good traditional Rioja. Drink: 2013-2021."
LOPEZ HEREDIA 91 TONDO GRAN BL
LOPEZ HEREDIA 1991 TONDONIA GRAN BLANCO
Item: #380852
Bottle Size:750ML WS:90
$89.99
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LUBERRI 2013 ORLEGI JOVEN
LUBERRI 2013 ORLEGI JOVEN
100% TEMPRANILLO
Item: #381146
Bottle Size:750ML
$11.95
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We can count on Spain for delivering outstanding values, and this is definitely the case with this wine made of 95% Tempranilloand 5% Viura from Rioja. The wine sees no oak, and is Read More...
aged in stainless steel with partial carbonic maceration. On the nose, there are brambly blackberries and candied apple. Upon tasting, this is a medium-bodied wine with medium acidity and pomegranate, morello cherry, violets, and leaves you with an earthy finish. This delectable wine would be compatible with stuffing, while still not overpowering the turkey, and would go well with ham.
LUIS CANAS 09 CRIANZA
LUIS CANAS 2009 CRIANZA
Item: #382915
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:92
$17.98
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WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2009 Crianza, a blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Garnacha aged for 12 months in French and American oak, sports a very Read More...
polished bouquet with dark cherries, sloes and fresh fig. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, good acidity and impressive structure towards the finish that has a convincing sense of symmetry and focus. This is a very natural, sophisticated Crianza meriting aging. Drink 2014-2020.

Bodegas Luis Canas owns 90 hectares of vine. This is augmented by 200 hectares under long-term contract, dispersed over 815 parcels. These wines were imbued with wonderful purity and sophistication, managing to tread that fine line between modernism and classicism and embracing the virtues from the two. Moreover, I found that these wines evoked a sense of place, something that not all Rioja wines do. These all comes highly recommended."

Luis Canas wines are not news in Spain, but they only cracked the market in the U.S. 3-4 years ago. We're big fans. The Gran Riserva Rioja was part of our Tempranillo cover last year and the beautiful "Seleccion de la Familia" Reserva is a staple in the Rioja section when it's available. The newly arrived 2009 Crianza is stellar--showing brightness, depth, and purity. The 92 point review from the Wine Advocate will tell you all you need to know about Canas. The notes about balance between a "modern style" and "tradition" are right on.
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