04 Feb High Scoring Spanish Reds, 94 & 93 Points!
Hi-Scoring Spanish Reds
“Not only great, but very affordable wines and considered by many observers to be the finest estate in Jumilla… a treasure-trove for fabulous values.”
The Wine Advocate
2012 Bodegas Casa Castillo Las Gravas, Jumilla
On Sale $24.99
2012 could be the finest vintage to date… notes of smoke, toffee, fresh fruit and orange peel in harmony with well-integrated oak and a stony profile that develops more and more notes of esparto grass with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, with some polished, very fine tannins and a good mid-palate that is very balanced and fresh. It is a serious, very young wine with ripe flavors that make it very tasty. This is clearly riper than the 2013s and shows the character of the vintage quite transparently. The price is a dream come true.
94 Points, The Wine Advocate
2012 Teso Al Monja Almirez, Toro
On Sale $23.99
The 2012 Almirez (a 1,000-case cuvée of 100% Tinta de Toro) was aged 14 months in French oak. This sensational wine comes from vines planted between 1949 and 1999. Yields were a conservative 1.8 tons of fruit per acre. An inky/purple color is followed by aromas of camphor, ground pepper, blackberries and cassis. This full-bodied, Northern Rhône Valley-like Spanish red exhibits meaty/lard notes, terrific density and purity, and a finish that lasts nearly 40 seconds. It should drink nicely for a decade or more.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate