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PORTUGAL

PSI-2130. 20 PORTUGAL TINTO, SILK & SPICE    91/100

Wine Enthusiast 90/100 - BEST BUY ($14). My notes: In tune with the series. Balanced, lasting, not overly sweet. Very good. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2131. 21 VINHO VERDE SUPERIOR SINGLE VINEYARD, ASNELLA    92/100

60% arinto, 40% loureiro; 30 year old vines on schist and granite at 1150'. Lots of pep here. Plenty of aromatic insistence and penetration. Really quite full for its modest alcohol. The flavors are just as attention grabbing, and the textural spiel matches their range and presence. Long and balanced and delicious. Not an al fresco VV. Take into late fall and winter. 92/100. Attendees were enthusiastic about this one. Orders take.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2132. 21 VINHO VERDE DE BASTO, SOC. AGR CASA DO VALLE    92/100

Est. 18th century; sub region of Basto in the Tamega river valley. Dry. Not much of the fruit display of the top, aromatic varieties. I like its nasal texture though. Fills nicely. Some stone fruit if understated in cool 2021. Texture is its virtue. Dry, with good acidity and extract. Has its own strengths. Rangy at the table. Big time group favorite for its classicism. Many orders taken. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2133. 20 VINHO VERDE TORMES, LIMA SMITH    91/100

Fresh, zippy, nostril stimulating. Fulfilled. Very zesty fruit acidity. Does what Vinho Verde ought to do. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12199 each

PSI-2134. 21 VINHO VERDE RESERVA, PORTAL DA CALCADA    91+/100 *

Est. 1917; from the estate's oldest vines. Light SO2 gauze masking latent old vines varietal intensity. They get through after aeration. The top, most aromatic varieties evident. Richness and ripeness of old vines fruit. Both pear and peach suggestions. Ready by high summer. That's when I tasted the 2020. Two hours later, no SO2 reported. Enjoyed by the group. 91+/100. Tasted 7/6/22.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2135. 21 VINHO VERDE LAS LILAS, ADEGA PONTE DA BARCA    91/100

2019: From an estate between the Lima and Vez rivers and the varieties loureiro and treixadura. A nice freshness and roundness both. Displays the superior, more aromatic grape varieties in the makeup. Those overall impressions are amplified on the palate, rich in stone and even tropical fruits. One of the best vintages of this. Or maybe because I'm tasting it after six more months in bottle than usual. 91/100. Vinho Verdes, like Beaujolais Nouveaux, are often better around the time they're going out of season than at release.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2136. 21 VINHO VERDE VERA, VINOS ATLANTICO    92/100

60% arinto, 30% azal, 10% loureiro. Delicious amalgam of the superior, more aromatic area varietals. Perfect pitch. Flavor range spreads throughout the mouth. Ideal sweet/acid balance. Juicy finish. What's out of season about this, given the right food apps? 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2137. 21 MINHO ALVARINHO, NORTICO    92/100

2020: 40 year old vines in schist and granite soils; the owners are tile makers, the label an image of their craft. Mmm, the superior stone fruit character of this, the noblest of Vinho Verde varietals. Roundness cut by light nostril etch. Nose features pear, palate, peach. Well textured. Good acid. Commendable price. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2138. 19 DOURO, 370 LEGUAS    91/100

Touriga franca, tinta barroca, tinta roriz. Dark and fruity. Not syrupy sweet though. Douro ripe, black. Good acid. Fine tannin. Balanced. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2139. 17 DOURO ASSOBIO QUINTA DOS MURCAS, HERDADE DO ESPORAO    92+/100

40% touriga nacional, 30% tinta roriz, 30% touriga franca. Very dark color. Oh, this intense, pure, purple nacional fruit emphasis. And grandeur. Always a winner. Again, the purple fruit plumminess and serious structure and complexity. Plays well above its price level. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2140. 17 DOURO ESTATE, QUINTA DE LA ROSA    (90/100)

Wine Enthusiast 90: 'Produced mainly from a vineyard with 30-year-old vines, this wood-aged wine follows in the fine tradition of the estate with elegance showing as well as intense black fruits and acidity. It is a wine for aging, with its fruitiness still right to the fore. Drink from 2023.' 40% touriga nacional, 30% each tinta roriz, touriga franca.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2141. 19 DOURO VALLADO, QUINTA DO VALLADO    92+/100

Wow, that's a full blown, powerful Douro tinto. No sluggo though. There's clarity and precision and freshness and lift to it. And plenty of purple and black fruit and spice. Suave textured, full bodied, flavorful. Suggests plenty of touriga nacional. Fine tannin. Lasting. For now or later. I'm impressed. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2142. 17 DAO COLHEITA SELECIONADA, QUINTA DE CABRIZ    92/100

40% each alfrocheiro, tinta roriz; 20% touriga nacional. Medium body of 2017. Dao class and terroir. Snappy acid and granitic stoniness. Sweet fruit. Wine of place. Super deal. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2143. 17 DAO, DHARMA    91/100

35% each touriga nacional, tinta roriz, 30% alfrocheiro. Dry and austere young Dao. Aromas run deep, and reflect dark, superior red grape varieties. Accurate and serious. More fruit give on the palate. Rounded mouthfeel, sweet fruit texture. Really a helluva Dao for the money. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2144. 17 DAO PRUNUS, GOTA    91+/100

80% jaen, 10% tinta roriz, 5% alfrocheiro, 5% others; granite and clay soils. Red-black color. It's Dao solid, yet there's some sense of yield, of fruit forgiveness at the core. A proper Dao, that's for sure. And well priced. More fruit give on the palate. Dry and structured. Quite tannic, though not aggressively so. Another well priced cellarworthy wine. 91+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2145. 21 DAO SELECAO DO ENOLOGO PEDRA CANCELA, JOAO COELHO GOUVELA    91/100

Full, well structured, also granite based for its stoniness. Liquid granite indeed. The mouthfeel is mineral driven. Good value. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2146. 21 DAO BRANCO SELECAO DO ENOLOGO PEDRA CANCELA, JOAO COELHO GOUVELA    91/100

40% encruzado, 30% each cerceal branco, malvasia fina. Nearly water white. Wonderfully stony minerality to it. Dao granite liquified. Suggests the same in a slightly more flowing manner. Well balanced. Spot on value. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2147. 14 BAIRRADA, TORRE DE COIMBRA    91+/100

Touriga nacional, baga, alfrocheiro. Tarry 14 and baga mannerisms. Spicy, and full of material. Ageworthy. 91+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2148. 14 BEIRA ATLANTICO BAGA - TOURIGA NACIONAL, LUIS PATO    92/100

60 - 40. Oh, wow! Ripeness, concentration, intensity. Just stunningly fine, with grand race, minerality, and fruit range. Yes, just the right body, texture, taste, and acid. Wants food. 92/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2149. 16 BEIRA INTERIOR RESERVA BEYRA, RUI ROBOREDO MADEIRA    92/100

80% roriz, 20% jaen (mencia). 8 months in barrels, 1/3 French oak, 2/3 American oak. Full, fabulous oak display and long-in-barrel breadth and complexity. Yes, the barrel extracts and barrel sojourn both talk the reserva talk. Delicious balance of original fruit and barrel influences. Little tannin to hone away, so put it right to use this winter. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2150. 13 ALENQUER, QUINTA DAS SETENCOSTAS    92/100

50% castelao, 20% camarate, 15% each tinta miuda, preto martinho. Rich and dark and silky. Pure and deep cherry and spice complex. Pure, satiny, classy, balanced. Perfect posture. Long, enticing blueberry cobbler aftertaste. This all fits together so comfortably. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2151. 18 LISBOA RESERVA CONFIDENCIAL, CASA SANTOS LIMA    (90/100)

Wine Enthusiast 90 - BEST BUY: 'Boasting a balanced combination of oak and ripe fruit, this wine is rich and full of juicy spiced-fruit flavors. Flavors of black currant and a hint of toastiness are fully integrated into this ready-to-drink wine. $15.'

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2152. 19 LISBOA FORTE DO CEGO, QUINTA DE SAO SEBASTIAO    91/100

2018: 40% each syrah, castelao, 20% touriga nacional. Dark color, of course. Rich and dark and balanced and flavorful and right. Fits the pattern. Works. Fine tannin adds texture. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2153. 19 LISBOA BIGODE, DFJ VINHOS    91/100

2016: Rich and right. Deep red and black fruits. Really generous, and well poised. Sweet fruited and typical of its genre. Medium bodied. Yet another good value tinto from Portugal. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

PSI-2154. 19 LISBOA RESERVA RUELAS, QUINTA DO GRADIL    (91/100)

2018: Tasting Panel 91: 'This blend of Syrah, Touriga Nacional, and Tinta Roriz tastes like it should cost double or triple the price. The grapes were grown on the renowned Quinta do Gradil estate in the western foothills of the majestic Montejunto mountain range. Aromas of olives, soy sauce, and espresso are deep and savory, and onthe palate, fruit pops atop a pillow-light texture. Inherent spice persists throughout, melding with dried blue flowers, fennel, and bright acidity.'

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

PSI-2155. 19 LISBOA QSS RARE, QUINTA DE SAO SEBASTIAO    91/100

60% touriga nacional, 30% cab sauv, 10% syrah. Delivers. Full, aromatic fruit, spice, spread, all. The heavy hitter varieties show. It's not international though. Innately Euro. Sweet and racy both. Flavorful. All give and spice and range and amplitude. Mild tannin. 91/100, at least.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2156. 13 TEJO, SOC. AGR. CASAL DA COELHEIRA    91/100

From the slopes of the Tagus (Tejo) river valley east of Lisbon. Large scale nose that at age four plus boasts both barrel and bottle bouquets. Yes, midway along its evolution to full fruition. It's developing evenly, showing good acid, flavor, texture, and balance at this stage. So you can surely take it to the table anytime. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2157. 16 TEJO RESERVA, CABECA DE TOIRO    92+/100

Wine Enthusiast 92/100. My notes:. 1/3 each syrah, castelao, touriga nacional. 9 months in French oak barrels. Dark grape varieties, dark color. A purple cast even. The fruit mass plus the barrel seasoning and leavening. Pretty awesome, large scale, and complex nose for a wine at this price. Juicy fruit acid adds balance to the palate. Medium-full bodied. Oak and warm spices play out on the finish. Intellectually as well as sensually stimulating. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2158. 19 ALENTEJO RESERVA, HERDADE DO ESPORAO    (93/100)

Wine Enthusiast 93 - TOP 100: 'This impressive wine layers tannins and dark fruits in a rich structure. The wine is powerful and concentrated; bold while still elegant. Drink this fine wine from 2024. $25.'

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2159. 20 ALENTEJANO MONTE VELHO, HERDADE DO ESPORAO

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

PSI-2160. 19 ALENTEJANO FITA, FITAPRETA VINHOS    92/100

Est. 2004; 50% aragonez (tempranillo), 30% touriga nacional, 20% alicante bouschet; planted 1979-1989 in rocky schist at 1000-1300 feet elevation; native yeasts; half aged 10 months in 2nd and 3rd year French oak barrels. Exceptionally spicy, racy nose. This accents the best attributes of Alentejo. Nothing held back; all give. Amazing degree of depth of flavor too. A decidedly three dimensional wine, determined to please. What more could I want in a $15 tinto? 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2161. 20 ALENTEJANO MARIANA, HERDADE DO ROCIM    91+/100

2019: 40% touriga nacional, 30% aragonez, 20% alicante bouschet, 10% trincadeira. Very cool, bright, and purple fruited for the zone. That's touriga nacional and likely high altitude vineyards. Yes, brisk, dark, spicy, racy. Full flavor and texture. Eminently versatile at the table. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2162. 19 ALENTEJANO TOURIGA NACIONAL, HERDADE DO ROCIM    93+/100

2018: Fermented and aged a year in French oak barrels, 1/3 new. Whoa! An aromatic fanfare! Touriga nacional purple and black fruits amped up in lush 2018. Want the definition of the varietal? Here it is, front and center. Equally lush and sprawling on the palate. Regional warmth plus high altitude, cool night acid foil. Show wine. Yes, a powerful and prosperous take on touriga nacional in a warm sector of Portugal. Fully satisfying. At a modest tariff (oh, please not to mention that name!). 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2163. 17 ALENTEJANO, TERRAS DE FIALHO    92/100

Touriga nacional, trincadeira, aragonez. Oh, boy, big time fruit spread, sweet and spicy and giving. Yes, sweet fruited and full, easy and generous. Its power is under control too. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2164. 19 ALENTEJANO APLANTA, VINOS ATLANTICO    91/100

80% aragonez, 20% alicante bouschet. At opening, not much nose. After warming in the mouth, much more flavor, power (13.5%), body than the nose initially suggested. VERY satisfying body, taste, balance. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2165. 19 ALENTEJANO TOURIGA NACIONAL VAI NUA, FITAPRETA    93+/100

Vines average 30 years. Unfined, unfiltered. The purple depths, nobility, and grandeur of touriga nacional in full display. What sets it apart. Again, Tyrian purple majesty. Well balanced; the tannins are melted. Serve now with hearty fare or cellar confidently. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

SPAIN

PSI-2167. 21 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO, BODEGAS LA CANA    91+/100

2020: Wine Spectator 91/100 - SMART BUY. My notes: In the Salnes Valley, 1.8 miles from the Atlantic; vines from 35 to 50 years old. named for the groves of rush canes emblematic of Galicia. Upon opening, Light dusting of sulphur and plenty of fleshy, aromatic 2020 albarino fruit welling up from just below the surface. Yes, some sulphur scratch as well as abundant stone fruit and honeysuckle varietal character. Aerate well. Will improve through the coming weeks and last well into next summer. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2168. 21 RIAS BAIXAS CONDADO ALBARINO ETHEREO, BODEGAS EIDOSELA    92/100 *

Subregion on the Mino, 30 miles from the Atlantic. Minimal SUS, so the varietal brightness shines through. A dancing and dazzling Mino style. Very fruit forward. Apple, green pear, honeysuckle. Gentle sweetness balances good acidity. Another winner here. Very popular with the group. Descriptions include 'big nose' and 'an exemplary Rias'. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2169. 20 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO NEBOA, BODEGAS EIDOSELA    91+/100

Name refers to fog; at Condado do Tea; 75 year old vines on slate instead of the usual granite. Albarino tropical fruit, stone fruit, and flowers well up with aeration. Flavors confirm aromas. Plus citrus notes and fresh acidity. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2170. 21 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO O FILLO DA CONDESA, JUAN GIL    91/100

Plenty of varietal character. Apple, blossom, honeysuckle. Flavorful, mouthfilling. Great acid this cool year. Clings, lingers, satisfies. Good value. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2171. 21 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO ETIQUETA VERDE, GRANBAZAN    92+/100

35 year old vines in granitic soil; Val do Salnes, the oldest and coldest sub-region of Rias Baixas; native yeasts; lees aging. A cool customer, with a lemon creme aroma. Lovely, limpid varietal clarity. Yes, add pear, white peach, lightly floral things. This is very stylish, graceful. Lingering too. Great acidity, juicy finish. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2172. 20 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO, PAZO CILLEIRO    92/100

A storied estate, founded by monks in the Salnes Valley. 20-25 year old vines. Oh, this is full and racy both. Really penetrates and stimulates. Sweet core of honeysuckle plus malic cut. All confirmed: the ripe fruit, the crisp edge, and the body. Exceptional vintage of this. A leading player in its field, and so welcoming to present enjoyment. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2173. 20 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO ABADIA DE SAN CAMPIO, TERRAS GAUDA    (91/100)

Wine & Spirits 91: 'The hay rack and the sea wrack meet in the scent of this wine, pale, austere and salty. The saffron and lemon flavors are light and crackling with acidity, the perfect match for baked salt cod. $20.'

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2174. 21 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO GRANITO COLUMNA, VINOS DEL ATLANTICO    91/100

From vines grown in the granite soils of Condado de Tea, fermented in stainless steel without added yeasts. Good apple, citrus, honeysuckle set. Cool vintage briskness, brightness. Yet some varietal padding revealed too. Same flavor as aroma set, with a more intense expression of the honeysuckle as it warms in the mouth. Good statement of DO, sub zone, 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2175. 21 RIBEIRO TREIXADURA FLOWER AND BEE, COTO DE GOMARIZ    92/100

Brisk, juicy, and fragrant. Paragon example of the varietal, intensely and vividly presented in this great vintage for Euro whites. Flavorful. Great acid. Oh, and it has the tender touch of the grape too. Length and savor. Love it. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2176. 18 BIERZO MENCIA ROBLE ABAD DOM BUENO, LADERAS DEL NORTE    91+/100

2011: Crisp, compact and neat as usual. Bright, purple fruit. No young mencia reduction. Barrel aging sees to that. Good vintage of this. A bit firm yet. I like the form. No rough edges. Good potential. 91+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2177. 19 BIERZO MENCIA DE VALTUILLE UNCULIN, J. A. GARCIA    92+/100

Very young and confined, but not mencia reductive. The makings are here to live up to this proud series. Sweet berry fruit flavor and full, fine grained tannins. In style. A shame to serve now though. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2178. 12 BIERZO, BODEGAS GODELIA    93/100

12 months in oak. Dark, deep, concentrated. No mencia reduction issues. Nicely delineated 2012 style. Good oak seasoning in sympathy with the fruit. Barrel age comes into play, giving it breadth and depth. Everything about the palate confirms the nasal impressions. Well stated, well balanced. Texturally very pleasing and harmonious as well. Exemplary. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2179. 20 BIERZO PETALOS, DESC. DE JOSE PALACIOS    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'Offering a minerally underpinning and overtones of bramble, herbs and spice, this medium-bodied red is fresh and focused, with juicy black raspberry and black cherry fruit, olive and iron flavors. Bright and well-balanced, with light, chalky tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2027.'

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2180. 18 BIERZO JOVEN EL CASTRO DE VALTUILLE CASTRO VENTOSA, RAUL PEREZ    92/100

Intensely fruity and almost powerful for vintage and zone. Very aromatic, fresh, spicy, acidic, ideal. Mencia dark but not a trace of mencia reduction. Joven sweetly fruity. Not frivolous though. This is serious Perez fare, well balanced, finely tannic. Race, acid, joven style for food. A winner; always is. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2181. 16 BIERZO MENCIA JOVEN EL CASTRO DE VALTUILLE, RAUL PEREZ    93/100

Oh, thick, dense, ripe, and full of material as well as bracing acidity. Again, rich and racy both. Both pad and cut. And tannin too. Juicy, and full of flavor and texture. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2182. 18 BIERZO MENCIA ULTREIA SAINT JACQUES, BODEGAS Y VINEDOS RAUL PEREZ    93+/100

Vines planted 1900-1940; 80% whole bunch fermented; unfined, unfiltered; Parker 93; Vinous 92. My notes: Pretty Heavy Bottle Award. Well, that's one heavyweight, super sized mencia. Wonderfully ripe mencia fruit in 18 and plenty of heft and power. It is old vines concentrated to the max. Sweet and powerful. Lovely berry-cherry fruit clarity and intensity. Seems barrel aged. Geared for hearty fare. Man, this goes where no mencia has gone before. The group was impressed. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2183. 19 BIERZO MENCIA PAGO DE VALDONEJE, VINOS VALTUILLE    92+/100

Good, deep red violet color. A cool, purple fruited mencia, nice and polished. Not reduced. Good, tart mencia acid, fine tannin. Flavorful. Balanced. Long, tart finish. Good example. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2184. 21 VALDEORRAS GODELLO, VINA GODEVAL    92+/100

2020: Est. 1986; first to bottle a 100% godello. Cold sample, so not gushing godello yet. It's there though. Stone fruit and honeysuckle. Again, too cold to be very expressive. I like its style and poise. These folks know godello; I have confidence in that. Balanced and well textured, with good acidity. Over the next couple of hours, this really blossomed and became a group favorite. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2185. 19 VALDEORRAS GODELLO, VINA GODEVAL    92/100

Fresh, crisp, right. Slate-y. Again. Mineral salts. Right. Yes. 92/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2186. 20 TXAKOLI DE ALAVA TXAKOLINA XARMANT, ARABAKO TXAKOLINA    91/100 *

70% hondarrabi zuri, 10% gros manseng, 10% petit manseng, 10% petit corbu; vineyard planted in 1986. Plenty of fruit pours through. It's crisp, bright, and seckel pear like. Very good palate. Fresh and flavorful. Very popular with the group. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2187. 20 GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA, AMEZTOI    (91/100)

Vinous 91: 'Pale, green-tinged straw. Bright and sharply focused on the nose, displaying fresh citrus and orchard fruit flavors complemented by a chalky mineral topnote. Chewy, lithe and focused on the palate, offering vibrant lemon zest and green apple flavors and a spicy ginger nuance. A floral note emerges with air and carries through a long, taut finish that echoes the mineral note. Drink now-2023. $23.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2188. 20 GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA GETARIA, TXOMIN ETXANIZ    92/100

Full and forthcoming fruit aroma. Light fizz enlivens the action. At little sulphur jut after pulling the cork. The aroma plows right through it. And the richness coats it over. Zingy acidity balances that out. An especially abundant vintage of this. Right through the long lasting aftertaste. Gives, gives, gives. After a couple hours' aeration, no sulphur side effects. The group was enthusiastic. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2189. 20 GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA, BODEGA INAZIO URRUZOLA    92/100 *

10.5%; est. 1348 as an apple grower and sidra maker; all hondarribi zuri; estate bottled; new to market. Soft and abundant aromas of pears and melons. One of the most forthcoming of these I've nosed. Weeks later, Retaining--even gaining--a crisp edge. Ah, and there's that good, juicy, even biting acidity that the nose seemed to gloss over earlier. Oh, boy, And flavorful too. And well balanced. All at one of the lowest prices seen in this category. Juicy, cleansing aftertaste. Very popular with the group. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2190. 20 CASTILLA Y LEON TEMPRANILLO GRANDE, EL JEFE liter    91/100

2019: From the estate of the Farina family on the La Meseta plateau south of Toro. Unoaked. Good, full, warm Toro area tempranillo. No overripeness or excess power. Only 12.5%. Wine of place. On the second evening, even deeper and more aromatic. 19 ease and accessibility. Pure, warm tempranillo fruit. What it wants to be. Long on texture and taste. Really robust for 12.5%. Va, va, voom. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2191. 17 CASTILLA Y LEON TEMPRANILLO, BODEGAS TRIDENTE    (91/100)

Vinous 91: 'Bright purple. Intense cherry, blueberry and floral pastille scents on the spice-accented nose and in the mouth. Round and fleshy in style, with a spine of juicy acidity providing lift and structure to sweet black and blue fruit and mocha flavors. Closes with gentle grip and very good persistence, the velvety tannins framing the wine's sweet fruit. Drink now-2-2025. $17.'

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2192. 19 LEON ALBARIN BLANCO, PARDEVALLES    92/100

A variety distinct from albarino. Bursting with crisp, penetrating, unique pear and blossom aromas. Joyous. Just as intense in flavor as aroma. The acid is keen, which isn't true of many 2019 Iberian whites. Hits the mark in all respects. Long finish. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2193. 17 TORO TINTA DE TORO TRITON, BODEGAS ORDONEZ    91/100

2014: Parker 90/100. My notes: 15%. Deep cassis. No roti. Just good, wholesome fruit. Yes, 14 cools it down some. Full, fine tannin. Wood. Touch roti. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2194. 19 RUEDA VERDEJO EGEO, ISAAC FERNANDEZ    91/100

By one of NW Spain's most acclaimed winemakers. That's a fresh one. Sauvignon like lemon with verdejo's added spicy edge. Yes, juicy acid meets verdejo's glycerol viscosity. Balanced all around. Well crafted. Take it to the table. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2195. 19 RUEDA VERDEJO ORO DE CASTILLA, HERMANOS DEL VILLAR

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How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2196. 20 RUEDA VERDEJO NOSSO, BODEGAS MENADE    91/100

Nose full and genuine. Fresh and cool. As is the palate. Good stone fruit flavor. Good acidity. Well balanced. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2197. 20 RUEDA VERDEJO, BODEGAS Y VINEDOS SHAYA    (91/100)

Vinous 91: 'Pale, green-hued yellow. An incisive bouquet evokes Meyer lemon, nectarine and pungent flowers, and a minerally accent builds with air. Energetic citrus and orchard fruit flavors are underscored by a vein of chalky minerality and turn deeper through the midpalate. Spreads out steadily on the long, silky finish, which echoes the citrus fruit and floral notes. Drink now-2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2198. 19 RIBERA DEL DUERO VILLALBA DE DUERO, BODEGAS BELA    92+/100

By the folks at Rioja bodega CVNE; 200 acres of vines 20 and 25 years old; aged 6 months in new and once used American and French oak barrels. Warm and robust RDD take on its tempranillo clone, tinta pais. The barrel augmentation is positive. Wears its power well too. So it skirts the negative RDD aspects of too much strength and oak. Yes, the degrees of alcohol, ripeness, and wood I appreciate in RDD. No excesses. Shows the skilled hands of a CVNE Rioja winemaker. Lasting finish. Well priced. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2199. 20 RIBERA DEL DUERO TEMPRANILLO HITO, BODEGAS CEPA 21    (93/100)

Wine Enthusiast 93: 'Dark garnet in the glass, this wine offers aromas of cherry cola, vanilla and Mediterranean herbs. The first flavors to hit the palate are pomegranate and Valencia orange, joined by notes of chocolate-covered caramel, fennel pollen and lavender. The interplay of plush tannins and striking acidity remains on the post-palate long after the last sip.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2200. 15 RIBERA DEL DUERO RESERVA, BODEGAS MONTEVANNOS    93+/100

Full red violet color for a reserva; but, then, that's RDD!/ Oh, that's a sweet, ripe, smoky 2015.No excessive oak, no early resistance on the nose. Sweet fruited palate too. Large, strong, finely tannic, yet not abrasive, as some young RDDs can be. I like this source. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2201. 18 RIBERA DEL DUERO SPECIAL SELECTION OPIMIUS, BODEGAS MONTEVANNOS    92+/100

2010: All tempranillo; vines 80+ years old; aged 23 months in French oak barrels. Heavy Bottle Award. Whoa! This is still 2010 RDD bearish! I can't delve its depths yet. Well, it's not waspishly tannic at least. There some softness and spread of age. There's just not much bouquet development yet, especially considering such a long barrel sojourn. Tasted this 3 years back. I don't think it's budged much. Kudos to the supplier's storage facility! (The former VC warehouse). 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2202. 19 RIBERA DEL DUERO TEMPRANILLO FINCA RESALSO, EMILIO MORO    92+/100

2016: I've long been a fan of this cuvee. The 2015 was a little on the ripe side for my tastes though. This 2016 is more like earlier vintages I grew to love. Indeed, back to form. Sweet, bright fruit with woody edges. Perfumed of cherry and berry tempranillo. Total vigor. Yes, great acid and sweetness and texture and edge. Brilliant at the table. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2203. 19 RIBERA DEL DUERO, EMILIO MORO    (91/100)

2018: Parker 91: 'I like the balance of the eponymous 2018 Emilio Moro, which achieved full-ripeness and development of aromas and flavors in a cooler vintage. Here, the wines are selected by vine age, and this comes from vines that are between 15 and 25 years of age. The oak is there but in synchrony with the fruit. Drink now-2024.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

PSI-2204. 20 RIBERA DEL DUERO, TORREMORON    (90/100)

2019: Vinous 90: 'Deep, shimmering violet. Spice-accented cherry, blackberry and licorice scents are complemented by a hint of cracked pepper. Juicy and appealingly sweet, offering dark berry and cherry compote flavors that take on a floral nuance with aeration. Shows good energy and lift on the clinging finish, which features rounded tannins and a suggestion of bitter cherry. Drink 2022-2028. $17.'

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2205. 21 RIOJA ALAVESA, ARTUKE    92/100

2017: 95% tempranillo, 5% viura. Fresh, vigorous. Very black and spicy. Alavesa lift. Again, full vigor, fruit, spice melange. Seems like wood spices. No tannin. Yow, exotic. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2206. 16 RIOJA RESERVA, BODEGAS CAMPO VIEJO    92/100

2015: All tempranillo. The power is clear in my Taster glass. Warmth and suavity of the vintage, Rioja Baja, and reserva barrel aging. The traditional American oak barrels contributed a dill note. It's complex, enticing, and harmonious overall. Yes, smooth, well integrated, and very accommodating at this stage. Best vintage of this since 2009, in my opinion. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

PSI-2207. 14 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA TEMPRANILLO, BODEGAS CAMPO VIEJO    (90/100)

2012: Tasters Guild International Wine Judging - Gold Medal. Wine Enthusiast 90: 'Mature berry, cola and coffee aromas announce a gran reserva that just reaches that level of affordable excellence that everyone is looking for. The palate is a bit raw and bumpy, and the spiced plum flavors are familiar and touched up by buttery oak, but overall this delivers enough classic Rioja tobacco, vanilla and red fruit character to warrant spirited consumption.'

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How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2208. C.V.C. RIOJA GRAN FAMILIA, CASTILLO DE FUENMAYOR    91/100

CVC Rioja comes from more than one vintage, usually two or three adjacent years. Shows maturity in both barrel and bottle. Mellow, savory, ready to enjoy, That's the beauty of CVC. Yeah, sweet fruit, and mellow, spicy seasoning from barrel age. Rangy and fully meal worthy. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2209. 12 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA ANCIANO NO. 10, CRIADORES DE RIOJA    92+/100

85% tempranillo 10% graciano, 5% mazuelo; aged 3 years in American oak barrels, 2 in bottles. Shows more barrel time than the replaced Valdepenas GR. Greater sophistication thanks to enhanced origin and upbringing. Rich fruit up to the barrel extracts and barrel aging suavity. Great acid. Balanced and ready to apply. No fears for cellaring several more years. Worth the premium over the long entrenched Valdepenas series. 192+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2210. 17 RIOJA CRIANZA, CVNE    (92/100)

Wine & Spirits 92: 'This is the kind of brisk, savory red that sets Rioja apart. Michael Kowalski of Miraval Berkshires in Lenox, Mass., described the savory mix of fruit as tart red cherry, celery leaf and pomegranate. You might also find a sweet earthy note of fruity black mushrooms, all of it coming together in a tense, floral red with more generosity than anyone has a right to expect at the price.'

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2211. 15 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA, CVNE    (92/100)

Wine & Spirits 92: 'The 2015 vintage took this wine toward luscious ripeness and graham-cracker scents of oak, solidly built in what appears to be a modern style. A day later, the wine's elegance takes the lead, the impression still juicy and clean, less bluntly oaked, while the structure is more refined. A wine to cellar for the long term.'

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

PSI-2212. 15 RIOJA TEMPRANILLO RESERVA VINA EGUIA, BODEGAS EGUIA    91+/100

2014: A little darker, closer, and tarter than the 13. Still, another winner in the series. The oak needs a little more bottle age to settle in. Some attractive barrel and bottle bouquet beginning to form. Should be in fine fettle by mid winter. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2213. 15 RIOJA TEMPRANILLO COSECHA, FINCA ALLENDE    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'The red 2015 Allende is a perfect example of the style of this wine. It has a sleek palate with moderate acidity and polished tannins that make it very easy to drink. It was a warm and dry year that delivered powerful wines. This matured in French barriques for 14 months, and during that time, it was racked every two months. Drink now-2025. $30.';

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How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

PSI-2214. 19 RIOJA TEMPRANILLO - GARNACHA, EGUREN UGARTE    92+/100

2016: James Suckling 93/100. My notes: Sweet fruit for 16. Yes, and a nice range of flavors from both tempranillo and garnacha. Cold sample, so tannic. Good material. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2215. 17 RIOJA CRIANZA, BODEGAS FINCA NUEVA    91/100

All tempranillo. A year in French oak barrels. Does have good crianza fruit-oak ratio. Tempranillo black raspberry integrity. French oak has a mellower barrel impact than the traditional American. No dill; more vanilla. Spicy oak meets a proper crianza degree of fruit retention. Yes, good crianza fruit-oak balance. Good acid. Pretty full at 14.1%. Moderate tannins.Neither old time nor modern. Well balanced, well priced. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2216. 19 RIOJA GRACIANO RIO MADRE, BODEGAS ILURCE    (90/100)

Vinous 90: 'Inky ruby. Blackberry, cherry pit, pungent flowers and a hint of olive on the fragrant nose. Gently chewy and fleshy in the mouth, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors that take a spicy turn through the midpalate. Smooth tannins come in late to add shape to the long, smoke? and spice-tinged finish. Drink now-2026. $12.'

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

PSI-2217. 17 RIOJA CRIANZA, BODEGAS LAN    92/100 *

2016: Est. 1972; 96% tempranillo 4% mazuelo; from Alta & Alavesa; 12 months in barrels with French oak staves & American oak heads. Dark, deep, significant, impressive fruit intensity and non-blatant barrel influences. A rightful crianza. For its type, usually a poor relation to the reserva and gran reserva in the Lan pantheon, but 2016 is up to snuff. Flavor-wise too. I enjoy the dual oak contributions and the glycerined richness against the fine tannins. Champion Lan crianza vintage here. Enjoyed by the group. 92/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2218. 16 RIOJA RESERVA, BODEGAS LAN    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'Harmonious and juicy, laced with delicate cherry and plum fruit flavors. Bright but also round, showing elements of spice and cedar that creep in as this plays out on the succulent finish. Tempranillo and Mazuelo. Drink now through 2030. $20.'

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2219. 15 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA, BODEGAS LAN    91+/100

From its Lanciano vineyard, within an oxbow bend of the Ebro; 70 year old vines; tempranillo, graciano, mazuelo, garnacha; aged 2 years in American and French oak barrels, 3 years in bottles. There are three vintages in the market now: 11, 12, 15. Dark ruby with browning rim. Quite powerful, young, and oaky at present. Dryish despite the ripeness of the vintage. Oak woodiness, vanillin, and tannin. Dry tannin at end. Needs cellaring. 91+/100. This became more revealing after a couple hours' aeration and was generally popular with the gorup.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

PSI-2220. 12 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA, BODEGAS LAN    1++/100

From its Lanciano vineyard, within an oxbow bend of the Ebro; 70 year old vines; tempranillo, graciano, mazuelo, garnacha; aged 2 years in American and French oak barrels, 3 years in bottles. Dark, ruddy red cast. Upon opening, pretty tight on the nose. That's 2012 across Europe. Yes, tight and tannic. This is a bear. Take it away, tasting panel. The nose blossomed over the next couple of hours, but, of course, the tannin remained stubborn. 91++/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

PSI-2221. 11 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA, BODEGAS LAN    93+/100

From its Lanciano vineyard, within an oxbow bend of the Ebro; 70 year old vines; tempranillo, graciano, mazuelo, garnacha; aged 2 years in American & French oak barrels,. 3 years in bottles. Very dark, red black color for category, age, vintage. Oh, that's a savory, complex noseful of original fruit aroma and barrel-and bottle-earned bouquet. Nice vanilla and brown spice oak extras. Well, there's still some tannic grip on the palate! Wants more bottle age. How these late released 2011 Spanish and Italian wines have served us! 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

PSI-2222. 18 RIOJA COSECHA LZ,, BODEGA LANZAGA    92+/100

2018: Tempranillo, with garnacha, graciano. Dark purple. Aged in concrete. Fresh and full. Bright 17 fruit qualities, with extra stamina. The sweet, black fruitiness of a new wave cosecha Rioja. Fine fruit depth and quality, and a discreet measure of new oakiness. Yes, lots of fresh fruit and plenty of overall substance. The fruit and the oak are more-ish and modern. Newer barrels, less time in them. Fine fruit tannin. Class wine. Made right. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2223. 10 RIOJA RESERVA VINA TONDONIA, R. LOPEZ DE HEREDIA    (96/100)

Parker 96: 'The 2010 Vina Tondonia Reserva has all I expect from a Reserva from Tondonia, complexity, elegance and evolution, a developed nose with notes of forest floor and wild berries, herbs and flowers, a touch of iodine, brick dust and very fine, polished tannins. It has the seriousness and elegance of Tondonia. This is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho (they use the masculine form of the name of the grape) and 5% each Graciano and Mazuelo that fermented in the ancient oak vats from when the winery was created 144 years ago and matured in well-seasoned, American oak barrels for six years. Drink now-2034.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

PSI-2224. 01 RIOJA VIN DE AUTOR, BODEGAS MANZANOS    93+/100

Tempranillo, garnacha, and graciano, some over 50 years old; in Rioja del Reyno; aged 3 years in second and third year French and American oak barrels. By the conglomerate corks, these have clearly been recorked. No issues removing them. Remarkably fresh and fruity in this keeper vintage. Reserva aging nicely imbued; the lighter touch of French oak. Youthful tannin still. Great acidity. Round flavors and textures. Tannins melted. No rush to consume. The group agreed. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

PSI-2225. 17 RIOJA RESERVA, MARQUES DE RISCAL    92+/100

At El Ciego in Alavesa; 96% tempranillo, 4% graciano; aged 2 years in American oak barrels. Oh, that's a classic expression of Alavesa (sandy soil) reserva. It has lift. It has reserva barrel suavity and complexity. Yes, this has flavor depth. Fruit sweetness assuaged by the Rioja reserva standards. And AMERICAN oak. True to tradition. Another old reliable. 92+/100. Attendees agreed; indeed, judging it one of the top vintages of the series.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2226. 11 RIOJA RESERVA, BODEGAS MARTINEZ LACUESTA    93+/100 *

Est. 1895; tempranillo, graciano, mazuelo; aged 42 months in American oak barrels, 32 months in bottles. Best Cork Award; clearly recently recorked. 2011 and Lacuestra warm and robust. Fully earned barrel and bottle bouquet at this stage. Oak and fruit fully integrated. Some tannin of each persists. This takes the reserva concept to its traditional extent, surpassing modern norms for gran reserva status. Drink or hold. 93+/100. Widely liked, even by attendees usually not in favor of wines this old.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

PSI-2227. 17 RIOJA CRIANZA LEALTANZA, BODEGAS ALTANZA    91/100

2016: Decanter 90/100. My notes: 1 year in barrels. A good marriage of original fruit and barrel sojourn, amalgamated by bottle age, which also, at age 5, impacts positive bouquet development. Warm and suavity now. Tannins fully resolved. Good acidity. Ready to enjoy. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2228. 14 RIOJA RESERVA LEALTANZA, BODEGAS ALTANZA    (91/100)

2012: Vinous 91: 'Vivid ruby. Aromas of ripe red and blue fruits, pipe tobacco and cedary oak develop a smoky element as the wine stretches out. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering lively cherry and boysenberry flavors and subtle licorice and spice nuances. Finishes on a chewy note, delivering sneaky tannins, a lingering suggestion of dark chocolate and strong persistence. Drink now-2027.'

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2229. 12 RIOJA RESERVA LEALTANZA, BODEGAS ALTANZA    (91/100)

Vinous 91: 'Vivid ruby. Aromas of ripe red and blue fruits, pipe tobacco and cedary oak develop a smoky element as the wine stretches out. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering lively cherry and boysenberry flavors and subtle licorice and spice nuances. Finishes on a chewy note, delivering sneaky tannins, a lingering suggestion of dark chocolate and strong persistence. Drink now-2027.'

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2230. 11 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA LEALTANZA, BODEGAS ALTANZA    93+/100

All tempranillo; 2 years in French oak barrels; Decanter 92/100. Impressively purple-black color for age. Ah, but the nose spells barrel and bottle bouquet. Underrated early, 2011 has presented us with so many fine and classic, time-honored Riojas. Youthfully gritty tannins yet. Well, the palate spells plenty of growth to go. That's pretty impressive! 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2231. 16 RIOJA RESERVA FINCA YGAY, MARQUES DE MURRIETA    (93/100)

Wine & Spirits 93: 'This is a blend of tempranillo (87 percent), graciano, mazuelo and garnacha grown at the Finca Ygay, Murrieta's estate in the hills above Logrono. Aged in American oak for 18 months, it developed a hint of mintiness over its silken black-currant and tobacco flavors (think menthol cigarette smoked with aristocratic nonchalance in Monaco). Bright and somber, tense and refined, this wine's limestone edges carry the essence of Rioja in a healthy wine that seems to get its style directly from the ground.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

PSI-2232. 18 RIOJA CRIANZA, BODEGAS DEL MEDIEVO    92+/100

Tempranillo, garnacha, graciano, mazuelo; aged a year in barrels, 70% American, 30% French, and a year in bottle before release. This hits y crianza sweet spot: just the right balance of fruit and barrel, with the American oak helping to fulfill the barrel component. Yes, boldly stated American oak and plenty of original fruit to sustain it. I prefer this grape mix over a straight tempranillo. More traditional, and, more complex. A choice representative of its genre. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2233. 17 RIOJA RESERVA, BODEGAS MUGA    (93/100)

Parker 93: 'As is the norm here, it fermented in oak vats and matured in barrels, in this case for 24 months, crafted by their own coopers. The wine is fined with egg whites and kept in bottle for a further 12 months before it's released. I had the wine in the glass for a very long time, and it didn't stop improving; it started a little lactic and creamy, and then it got more and more serious. This is the only red they produced this vintage, so all the best grapes that normally go to other wines were used here; those selected grapes helped to keep the volume of this cuvee, and at the same time, it seems to have boosted the quality of this wine, which feels every bit as good as the 2016. It has a serious palate with fine, chalky tannins and very good balance. This is a textbook Muga red and a triumph over the conditions of the year, elegant and balanced, approachable now and with potential to age. Drink now-2027. $32.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

PSI-2234. 18 RIOJA TEMPRANILLO, BODEGAS OBALO    91/100

All tempranillo; vines 40-90 years old; aged in French oak barrels. Full red violet color. A nice tempranillo freshness to this, along with vintage fruit surge. Nice peppery spiciness. It's cool and vigorous, with raspberry raciness and black pepper edge. Good acid. Fine tannin. I guess the barrels are well seasoned. This is neither oaky or barrel mellowed. Well, maybe there's a little barrel influence to the aftertaste. Done right. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSOI-2235. 20 RIOJA ALAVESA COSECHA, ORLEGI DE LUBERRI    92+/100

NY Times 20 under $20 Summer Values. My notes: All tempranillo. Entirely fresh and upbeat, elegant take of sandy Alavesa tempranillo. Cool and penetrating. Nothing else like it. Yeah, that's got the spunk and the fruit sweetness. Wholly racy acid. Fine tannin. Salivating mealtime wine. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2236. 18 RIOJA CRIANZA, RAMIREZ DE LA PISCINA    92+/100

Est. 1973; all tempranillo; vines 25+ years old; aged 15 months in French and American oak barrels followed by 5 months in tank and at least 8 months in bottle. Youthfully purple colored for a crianza. Ah, but that proper degree of crianza barrel and barrel aged aspects to harmonize with the original fruit. Crianza, my way. Yes, there's that balance of fruit and oak I love in crianza. Fruit and oak tannin as well as flavor. Haven't had a crianza that so fits my image of perfection in a long time. Wow. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2237. 17 RIOJA RESERVA, RAMIREZ DE LA PISCINA    (92/100)

2016: Vinous 92: 'Bright violet. Mineral-tinged red and blue fruit preserve and floral scents are complemented by hints of vanilla, tobacco and licorice. Sappy, expansive black raspberry and blueberry flavors smoothly blend weight and energy and pick up an allspice nuance on the back half. Closes long and appealingly sweet, with round, even tannins and an echo of sappy blue fruit. Drink 2023-2032. $22.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2238. 16 RIOJA RESERVA, RAMIREZ DE LA PISCINA    (92/100)

Vinous 92: 'Bright violet. Mineral-tinged red and blue fruit preserve and floral scents are complemented by hints of vanilla, tobacco and licorice. Sappy, expansive black raspberry and blueberry flavors smoothly blend weight and energy and pick up an allspice nuance on the back half. Closes long and appealingly sweet, with round, even tannins and an echo of sappy blue fruit. Drink 2023-2032. $22.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2239. 16 RIOJA ALTA VINA ALBERDI, LA RIOJA ALTA    (92/100)

Vinous 92: 'Spice-tinged red fruit and floral notes pick up hints of coconut and succulent herbs with air. Silky and expressive on the palate, offing appealingly sweet cherry and raspberry flavors and a spicecake nuance that builds steadily in the glass. Closes log and smooth, with repeating florality and subtle tannins that come in late.'

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2240. 12 RIOJA RESERVA VINA ARDANZA, LA RIOJA ALTA    (94/100)

Parker 94: 'Garnacha is an important component in the 2012 Vina Ardanza Reserva, where it represents 20% of the blend (the rest is, of course, Tempranillo). 2011 was a difficult vintage for Garnacha, so Vina Ardanza was not produced that year and they jumped from 2010, which had the mention 'Selección Especial,' to 2012, where it returns to the regular Reserva. The wine is a prototype of polished and aged Rioja with a ruby color with some orange and a developed nose with subtle aromas of decayed leaves, sweet spices and some cherries in liqueur even, quite complex and harmonious. The palate is velvety but rich, with resolved tannins and a fine chalky mouthfeel, sleek and elegant, terribly balanced. The flavors are pure and defined, and there is an overall sense of harmony that I like very much. Brilliant Ardanza! They produced no less than 600,000 bottles of this wine, which is remarkable. It has been in bottle since March 2016, so it's very approachable but should also age nicely in bottle. Drink or keep.'

How Many bottles/singles: $35.99 each

PSI-2241. 13 RIOJA RESERVA, BODEGAS SIERRA CANTABRIA    (91/100)

Wine & Spirits 91: 'Surprisingly bright for a seven-year-old Rioja, this wine's tart cherry flavors fill out the chocolate-rich tannins with tangy acidity. It's simple, sweetly ripe and velvety, ready to contribute its freshness to mole beef cheeks. $28.'

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

PSI-2242. 16 RIOJA RESERVA UNICA, BODEGAS SIERRA CANTABRIA    (93/100)

Vinous 93: 'Saturated ruby. Vibrant, spice? and mineral-accented aromas of fresh red and dark fruits and spicecake are complemented by a suave floral topnote. Juicy and pliant in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet raspberry, cherry cola, spicecake and rose pastille flavors that deepen through the back half. In a lively style, showing fine clarity and rounded tannins framing a very long, focused finish. Drink now-2031. $32.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

PSI-2243. 18 RIOJA, SIGLO, BODEGAS MANZANOS    91/100

James Suckling 90/100. Tempranillo. Baja sweet but not pandering. Dark fruit solidity. Good vintage of this. Good acidity for Baja. 12 months in oak. Worthy product worth the price. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2244. 17 RIOJA CRIANZA, CARLOS SERRES

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2245. 17 RIOJA CRIANZA ALTOS IBERICOS, TORRES    91+/100

All tempranillo, mainly from Alavesa; aged a year in French and American oak barrels, some new; aged at least a year in bottles before release. While pretty oaky, the French oak tempers the American oak aggressiveness. And time in bottle thereafter well absorbs it. The sort of fruit-oak balance I appreciate in a crianza. Tannin calls for more cellaring. Neither traditional nor modern. Torres' own take. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2246. 18 RIOJA TEMPRANILLO VENDIMIA SELECCIONADA, VINA HERMINIA    92/100

2015: Really dark, full color. Wow, rich, ripe 2015 tempranillo black, sweet raspberry fruit on steroids. The depth of the aroma is remarkable. Wow, great ACID too! Total balance, delivery. Pulls it all together for food. DEAL! 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2247. 18 CAMPO DE BORJATON, BODEGAS ALTO MONCAYO    (93/100)

Vinous 93: 'Brilliant purple. Intensely perfumed, spice-tinged black and blue fruits, vanilla, candied flowers and cola on the nose, along with a smoky element that builds with air. Broad and fleshy on entry, offering juicy cherry cola, blueberry and mocha flavors sharpened by a jolt of spicy white pepper. Strongly echoes the blue fruit and spice notes on the very long, focused finish, which features lingering floral and mineral flourishes. Drink 2023-2030.'

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How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

PSI-2248. 18 CAMPO DE BORJA DON RAMON, BODEGAS ARAGONESAS    91/100

Garnacha & tempranillo; 3 months in American oak cooperage. One of the best vintages of this. It's a fruit forward, happy face vintage. Depth and integrity too. Old vines concentration. Tempranillo adds dark fruit to the usual CdB garnacha basis. And the oak comes into play too, adding complexity. Sweet, fruity finish. Good acid overall. Really, one of the best vintages of this. Top value. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2249. 19 CAMPO DE BORJA GARNACHA TRES PICOS, BODEGAS BORSAO    93/100

35-60 year old vines; yields of under 2 tons per acre; aged 5 months in new Bordeaux barrels. The low yields and sweetness of old vines grenache handle this alcohol level adroitly. Right in tune with the series and perhaps one of the best balanced takes. Yeah, very sweet grenache fruit, tempered by the power. Good acidity. One of the best proportioned vintages of this. Some go too far overboard. Much attendee praise. 93/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2250. 20 CAMPO DE BORJA GARNACHA, BODEGAS QUO    91/100

Vineyards at 2000'. Estate bottled. Oh, deep, sweet, SPICY garnacha. Yes, thorough and penetrating. Indeed, sweet and spicy, even 'woody'. Power under control. Wow, its own thing. I applaud that. 91/100, at least.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2251. 19 CALATAYUD GARNACHA, ACENTOR    91/100

50 year old garnacha bush vines. Aged 5 months in seasoned barrels, both French and American. Warm and inviting. Full blown rep. Great acidity. Cuts the lushness nicely. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2252. 20 CALATAYUD GARNACHA HONORO, BODEGAS ATECA    90+/100

Rich and forceful grenache of the DO. Correct. Forward fruitiness to it as usual, and, as intended. Good acid. A little tannin to resolve. 90+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $8.99 each

PSI-2253. 19 CALATAYUD GARNACHA OLD VINES ATTECA, BODEGAS ATECA    (90/100)

2016: Parker 90: 'I also tasted two vintages from the mid range produced with Garnacha grapes from vines averaging 60 years of age and matured in French oak barrels for some 10 months, the freshest of which was the 2016 Atteca, perhaps from a lighter vintage than the more concentrated 2017. The wine is now polished and feels a point, with a combination of ripe fruit and sweet spices that would make it approachable to a wide segment of consumers. It's nicely crafted and highly drinkable. Drink now-2022.'

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2254. 19 ESPANA GARNACHA DE FUEGO, BODEGAS BRECA    91/100

Vineyards at over 3000 feet elevation. 15.8%. Ripeness countered by power. Deep, black take on garnacha. Again, sweetness versus power, so balanced. Great acid chimes in too. Helluva lot of wine for the money. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2255. 19 ESPANA GARNACHA OLD VINES, BODEGAS BRECA    (91/100)

2017: Vinous 91: 'Lurid ruby. Aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, potpourri and candied licorice are complemented by smoky mineral and oak spice nuances that emerge with air. Juicy, expansive black raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors put on weight with aeration while retaining a surprisingly graceful touch. Supple tannins lend grip to a long, spice-laced finish that echoes the floral note. Raised for 18 months in 500? and 600-liter French oak casks. Drink now-2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2256. 21 CARINENA TEMPRANILLO MENGUANTE, V&B PABLO

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PSI-2257. 21 CARINENA GARNACHA MENGUANTE, V&B PABLO    90/100

Vines 60 to 150 years old. Dark red. Rich, ripe, and especially dark fruited for garnacha. Good acid for balance. Well priced. 90/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2258. 18 NAVARRA GARNACHA CEPA POR CEPA, BODEGAS NEKEAS    (91/100)

2019: Vinous 91: 'Limpid ruby-red. Bright and lively on the incisive nose, which displays fresh red berry and floral qualities and a spicy topnote. Sharply focused and lithe on the palate, offering tangy red currant and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of succulent herbs. Finishes long and nervy, with resonating red fruit and herbal notes and subtle tannic grip. Drink now-2027. $13.'

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2259. 18 NAVARRA GARNACHA OLD VINES EL CHAPARRAL DE VEGA SINDOA, BODEGAS NEKAS    92/100

James Suckling 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2260. 20 PENEDES BLANC SELECCIO, HUGUET DE CAN FEIXES    92/100 *

Est. 1768; highest estate and vineyard in Penedes at 1400 ft; parellada, macabeo, chardonnay, malvasia de sitges; aged on fine lees. Good, stony regional character. More prominent fruit flavor than aroma, leading some attendees to note semblances to riesling. Acid rallies in back to form a well balanced presentation. Macabeo green fruit comes out at the end. Very popular with the group. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2261. 21 PENEDES BLANCO CUVEE SELECTION GESSAMI, GRAMONA    93/100 *

Half sauvignon blanc, plus muscats frontignan and alexandria, and gewurztraminer; vines 35-50 years old. Even more vital, complicated, textured, and forthcoming than it was at a trade show a month back. You sure get the full aromatic range of a complex set of aromatic varieties working together to create a whole greater than the sum of the parts. Amazing!/ Palate confirms the singular entertainment value of this wine. And adds more textural range and spiel. Yes, unique. I applaud that. Enjoyed by the group. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2262. 17 COSTERS DEL SEGRE VILOSELL, TOMAS CUSINE    92/100

2016: Ull de llebre (tempranillo), syrah, garnatxa. Rich and broad. Exciting, rangy, fruity. All this is magnified on the palate. The sweetness of grenache, the darkness of syrah, the elegance of tempranillo. Wow. Best vintage of this I've tasted. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2263. 18 COSTERS DEL SEGRE LLEBRE, TOMAS CUSINE    92/100

Ull de llebre (eye of the rabbit) = tempranillo; 85% tempranillo, 5% each garnatxa, carinene, syrah;. 6 months in French oak; DO is northwest of Barcelona. Bursting with 2018 fruit forward goodness. A racy oak strain throughout. Juicy red fruits mark the tempranillos from this DO and maker. Very flattering vintage of this. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2264. 18 MONTSANT BLAU, CELLER CAN BLAU    (90/100)

Vinous 90: 'Brilliant violet color. High-pitched black raspberry, floral and baking spice aromas, with a subtle smoky quality. Lively and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet red/dark berry flavors that pick up a touch of cola with air. Closes gently sweet and long, with even tannins and nervy mineral cut. (fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for four months in new and used French oak barrels). Drink 2020-2024.'

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2265. 17 MONTSANT SELECCION MAS COLLET, CELLER DE CAPCANES    92/100

40% garnacha, 40% cab sauv, 20% carignan. Unique. Pitchy. Large and surging. 17 moderation. Love the carignan grip and cherry contribution. Balance of power and flow in tune with this wine in this vintage. I prefer it to the 2016. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2266. 15 MONTSANT GARNATXES LA NIT SLATE, CELLER DE CAPCANES    93+/100

Same barrel regimen as the limestone based wine. More traditional Montsant-Priorat aromatic set. More textured, variegated, broader, spicier. Much prefer the expressiveness of this one. Good ager too. Of course, you'd have to cellar some of each for the parlor game. Yeah, spicy, vigorous, rangy, flavorful. Exciting. Richness of the vintage. 93+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2267. 10 MONTSANT GARNACHA, GRAN VINAIO    92/100

Aged in both French and Amereican oak cooperage. Fresh and high altitude Montsant grenache. Grenache fruit sweetness and good acidity. Melted tannins. Remarkable value. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2268. 17 MONTSANT L'EFECTE VOLADOR, JOSEP GRAU VITICULTOR    91+/100 *

Family estate; garnacha, samso, & syrah; 30-50 yrs old; on slate and granite; half aged in French foudres and barriques. Seems to be pretty well along in bouquet development in early maturing 2017. An accommodating style of Montsant. Well, the palate has a large measure of freshness and vitality I wasn't expecting to find. And a measure of tannin too. One unique, serious, and adventuresome Montsant. Totally mealworthy. Popular with the group. 91+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2269. 19 MONTSANT ZERRAN, BODEGAS ORDONEZ    (91/100)

Vinous 91: 'Bright ruby-red. Aromas of primary red fruits, oak spice, violet and smoky minerals. Sharply focused raspberry, cherry cola and floral pastille flavors are underscored by a smoky mineral quality and building spiciness. Silky tannins give shape to a long, incisive finish that clings impressively and leaves red fruit liqueur and mocha notes behind. Drink now-2028. $18.'

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2270. 19 PRIORAT ONA MAS DE BILLO, CELLER CECILIO    91+/100

40% garnatxa, 40% syrah, 20% carinyena in llicorella schist at Grattalops; unoaked. Dark red violet. Good and pungent Med varietal melange, well coordinated. Love the Priorat power and stature too. While unoaked, it has a certain toasty warmth to it. Pretty 2019 open and engaging. Flavorful and filling. Light backlash of tannin. Good mid term aging candidate. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2271. 18 PRIORAT GINE Y GINE, BUIL Y GINE    (95/100)

Wine & Spirits 95: 'A wine like Gine Gine benefits from blind tasting, especially if the purpose of that tasting is to find wines, regardless of price, that speak of their origin. Everything about this wine is pure Priorat: It's half garnacha and half carignan, all of it grown in llicorella soils by the Gine family, long-time farmers in Gratallops with 200 acres of vines, who made this blend as their first wine in 1996. They ferment the fruit from individual parcels as whole berries in stainless steel without added yeasts, take it through malolactic in barrels, then blend and return it to stainless steel for aging. Their 2018 is black mineral juice: It tastes as if there were a gash cut in the Priorat hills and blackcurrant juice came welling out of the schist. Give it a day of air and the wine's delicacy begins to shine, layered in sunny fruit and herbs, hard to resist.'

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

PSI-2272. 18 PRIORAT LA CARTUJA, VINOS DEL ATLANTICO    92+/100

Single vineyard on llicorella slate at 800'; 70% garnacha, 30% mazuelo; aged 6 months in foudres. One of the darkest-toned grenaches I've nosed. Still, it's not compact. It has grenache sweetness, power, breadth. Oh, a juicy, red fruited grenache flavor, plenty sweet too in 2018. Black raspberry segues to red raspberry. Fine tannin draws out the finish. Everything here is up to snuff. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

PSI-2273. 19 PRIORAT SERRAS DEL PRIORAT, CLOS FIGUERAS    92+/100

51% garnacha, 31% carignan, 12% syrah,. 6% cab sauv. Aged 7 months in French oak barrels. Inky red violet. The usual freshness and buoyancy of this cuvee, accentuated by youth and vintage nature. As good as Serras tinto gets. Forward fruit and flowers meet a heady taste of power, acidity, and fine tannin. There's no imperative to age this though. Just bring on the food. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

PSI-2274. 16 PRIORAT FONT DE LA FIGUERA, CLOS FIGUERAS    (93/100)

Vinous 93: 'Brilliant violet. Aromas of ripe, smoke-tinged dark berries and cherry, along with pungent mineral and floral nuances. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry and blackberry flavors that show very good energy and back-end lift. A spicy note comes up on the clinging finish, which features dusty tannins and resonating dark fruit and mineral qualities. Drink 2022-2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

PSI-2275. 19 PRIORAT BLANCO SERRAS DEL PRIORAT, CLOS FIGUERAS    93+/100

All garnacha blanca. As large, expressive, and pure example of this variety as you'll find. Seems to be some subtle barrel influence that only serves to augment the thrilling experience. More oak on the palate, including some oak tannin. That will resolve itself. Really, this is a paean to grenache blanc. 93+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

PSI-2276. 19 PRIORAT CLOS DE TAFALL, CLOS BERENGUER    91+/100

Strong in grenache, which I like. With carignan, cab sauv. Young, firm. Long way to go. Palate more revealing, softer, more spread. 91+/100. Tasted 9/1/21.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2277. 18 MONTSANT GARNAXTA COM TU, CLOS MOGADOR    94+/100

Dark for grenache. Barrel toast elements. Also an aspect of reduction, which adds depth. An ample and beautiful display of the integrity of grenache, the fruit redder and sweeter on the palate than the nose. Reduction creeps in again at the finale. A round of applause for grenache of this making. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

PSI-2278. 20 PRIORAT PETIT PISSARRES, COSTERS DEL PRIORAT    92+/100

2016: Wine & Spirits 92/100. My notes: 60% grenache, 40% carignan. Bright and black and big Priorat. Sweet and accomplished. Yes, sweet, bold, flashy, and rich, with fine acid and fine tannin and texture. Complete. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2279. 17 PRIORAT BLACK SLATE PORRERA VI DE LA VILA, CELLER CAL PLA    93+/100

Easternmost and coolest of Priorat's nine villages; grenache, carignan, cab sauv; 20-30 year old vines; llicorella (black slate) soil; aged a year in seasoned French and Hungarian barrels and foudres. Full color. The power is warm and welcoming. Statuesque Priorat, dark fruited. Barrel aging without strong barrel extracts. All fits together well. This gets deeper and spicier as it airs. Lavish mouthful of feels and flavors. The varietal spectrum, the terroir, the upbringing. Fine texture and tannin. Great length. The glory of Priorat. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2280. 18 PRIORAT BLACK SLATE ESCALADEI VI DE LA VILA, LA CONRERIA D' SCALA DEI    92+/100

Pleasing oak influence here. Deep, flashy, powerful, expressive. Closer than the nose suggests. Large, well built, well textured. Less aromatic and forthcoming on the palate. Good cellar candidate. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2281. 20 PRIORAT BLACK SLATE GRATALLOPS, CELLER CECILO    93/100

15%; most prominent of the nine Priorat villages; llicorella (slate) soil; grenache, carignan, syrah; vines 20-65 years old; native yeasts; part aged 9 months in French oak barrels. Full, magenta hued color. Deep, powerful, husky. One stout Priorat. Carignan and syrah paint its dark side. Plenty of sweet, ripe fruit material to bear the alcohol. It's actually cool in the back of the mouth. Well polished tannins. No need to postpone service. The group was pleasantly surprised by its balance and current appeal. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2282. 18 PRIORAT BLACK SLATE LA VILELLA ALTA VI DE LA VILA, MAS ALTA    (91/100)

2017: Vinous 91: 'Dark ruby. Highly perfumed cherry and dark berry and floral scents, along with hints of vanilla, cracked pepper and smoky minerals. Juicy and broad on the palate, offering black currant, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that show good clarity and become sweeter as the wine opens up. Finishes on a repeating floral note, displaying strong tenacity, building tannins and a lingering oak spice note. Drink 2022-2029.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2283. 20 PRIORAT CAMINS DEL PRIORAT, ALVARO PALACIOS    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'The regional blend 2020 Camins del Priorat, produced with grapes from 101 plots from eight villages in Priorat, is a blend of 55% Garnacha, 15% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 8% Carinena, higher in Garnacha and lower in Carinena, like in the majority of 2019s. That gives the wines freshness and elegance, vivacity and fluidity. It fermented with the indigenous yeasts in a combination of stainless steel, oak and concrete vats and matured in barrel and oak vats for four months. This is more Priorat than any of the vintages of Camins; in reality, nobody is planting French varieties anymore and many are regrafting their vines, so in the future, the tendency could be toward more Garnacha and Carinena in this wine. This is a very drinkable version of Camins, less dense than the 2019, from a year that was cooler with just an herbal hint. The mouthfeel is velvety with great freshness and very fine tannins. This has to be the finest Camins to date, different from previous years; it should be a commercial success. 226,000 bottles were produced. 2020 was their earliest harvest ever. Drink now-2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

PSI-2284. 17 PRIORAT LES TERRASSES VELLES VINYES, ALVARO PALACIOS    (93/100)

Parker 93: 'I've always had a special interest in this Garnacha and Carinena blend from Alvaro Palacios, and the current vintage is now the 2017 Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes. It's produced with grapes from 80 different vineyards in eight villages and therefore is a regional wine. 2017 was a warm and ripe year that produced powerful wines. This 2017 is 55% Garnacha with 44% Carinena and a 1% pinch of white grapes that fermented in concrete and oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in barrique and oak vat for 11 months. This is the earthiest of the bottlings, and it has some rustic touches from the Carinena, which gives it its personality. 2017 was their earliest harvest ever (the first time they ever started harvesting in August!). They used a little more new oak, yet the wine is not oaky or excessively ripe. There is no room for sweetness here, and the wine is clean, reflecting very healthy grapes and very elegant tannins, quite transparent, not dry, but rather juicy. Great Terrasses, a triumph over the conditions of the vintage.'

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

PSI-2285. 18 TERRA ALTA GARNATXA NEGRA, HERENCIA ALTES    (90/100)

Vinous 90: 'Deep, glistening crimson. Lively red and blue fruit, floral and spice qualities on the perfumed nose. In a fleshy, fruit-forward style, showing very good clarity and seamless texture to juicy boysenberry and black raspberry flavors. Supple, discreet tannins lend shape to a long, blue-fruit-driven finish that leaves a spicy hint of white pepper behind. Drink now-2026.'

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

PSI-2286. 07 TERRA ALTA GRAN RESERVA, CATAREGIA    91+/100

70% tempranillo, 30% cab sauv. 14%. Nice Terra Alta altitude freshness. Mellow bouquet. Still a fine tannin edge. Wholly on the up side. More bouquet complexity to come. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2287. 18 TERRA ALTA GARNATXA NEGRA, EDETARIA    91+/100

Whoa! Big surge of black fruit. Dense, deep, abundant, sprawling. More constraint on the palate. Still, heavy laden. Good acid. Good flavor. And plenty of fine tannin. For hearty fare, or the cellar. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2288. 18 TERRA ALTA RAIG DE RAIM, CELLER PINOL    91+/100

Back label: 75% garnacha, 15% carinena 10% syrah; garnatxa = garnacha = grenache; samso = carinena = carignan; vineyard at 1300' on limestone and marl; native yeasts. Southern France makeup; high altitude lift. Oh, cool, racy, penetrating aromas. The alcohols give a certain smoothness. Tannins well melted. Flavorful and lasting. Gathering a measure of maturity. Lasting, challenging finish. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2289. 19 MANCHUELA BOBAL VINAS VIEJAS CLOS LOJEN, BODEGAS Y VINEDOS PONCE    92/100 *

Parker 92/100. My notes: Est 2005; calcareous soil; 55 year old vines; whole bunch fermented at low temperature; aged 8 months in seasoned French oak barrels; unfined, unfiltered. This guy's the master at bobal, and it shows. A real cork even. He coaxes more out of humble bobal than I've ever smelled before. The fruit is sweet, deep, and variegated. Melange of spices as well as fruit on the palate. Richness, race, and light tannin counter. Kudos. Popular with the group. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2290. 20 MADRID GARNACHA CAMINO DE NAVAHERREROS, BODEGAS BERNABELEVA    91/100

2015: At San Martin de Valdeiglesias. Ripe and sweet and spicy as usual. Singed and edgy. Cinnamon-clove finale. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2291. 18 VINO DE MONTANA SIERRA DE GREDOS Y GATA VINEDOS VIEJOS, PENINSULA VINICULTORES    92+/100

14.5%; 75% garnacha, 10% pinuela, 15% rufete. Vines 60-90 years old, at 2500-3000 feet on granitic soil Yields under two tons per acre. Higher altitude still; lighter color. Complex and intriguing aromatic set of mixed varieties and spice box. Far cry from many syrupy Spanish tintos at this alcohol level. Original. Yes, high altitude levity and flow. Attempts to show a little heat at the end, yet never quite succeeds. One of a kind. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2292. 21 LA MANCHA TEMPRANILLO, BODEGAS VENTA MORALES    91/100

30 year old vines at 2000' elevation. Sweet, spicy. More complex and rangy than usual. Cool year helps temper the power and ripeness. This is black fruited and very racy on the nose. Yes. Again, cool year scores. the fine acidity of 2021 makes it mouthwatering and mealworthy. Get it. Great flavor spectrum feel, lasting finish. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

PSI-2293. 16 LA MANCHA PARAJE DE TITOS GARNACHA, FAMILIA BASTIDA    92/100

Good, rich, hearty, exemplary garnacha from this zone. Lots of raspberry brightness too. Geez, this is above and beyond La Mancha norms. What a wonderful face of grenache! 92/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2294. 18 LA MANCHA TEMPRANILLO OLD VINES SINGLE VINEYARD, BODEGAS VOLVER    (92/100)

Vinous 92: 'Saturated violet. Powerful aromas of dark berry liqueur, potpourri and vanilla, plus woodsmoke and mineral overtones. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering intense blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter with air. Finishes with sharp clarity and very good length, leaving lavender, mocha and cola notes behind. Drink 2022-2028.'

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2295. 14 VALDEPENAS TEMPRANILLO RESERVA ANCIANO 5 YEARS, BODEGAS NAVALON    91/100

2013: Aged at least a year in barrels. Nice barrel toast and caramel. Deep and suave. Yes, red fruit, barrel savors. Medium bodied. Typical of the series. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

PSI-2296. 09 VALENCIA ANGOSTO, CAMBRA

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2297. 17 UTIEL-REQUENA BOBAL, DE ESTENAS    91/100

Barrel aged. Racy, bright, fruity. Very rich and very classy for the commoner bobal. Yes, rich and dry both. Lots of good acidity and character for bobal. Balanced and meal-worthy. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2298. 20 ALMANSA LAYA, BODEGAS ATALAYA    (90/100)

Parker 90+: 'The 2020 Laya is balanced, harmonious and serious, and the vintage seems to have absorbed the oak quite nicely. This is always produced with 70% Garnacha Tintorera and 30% Monastrell. It fermented in stainless steel vats with neutral yeasts, with malolactic in barrel, where the wine matured for four months. Drink now-2026.'

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2299. 15 ALMANSA LA ATALAYA DEL CAMINO, BODEGAS ATALAYA    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'Also a blend of Garnacha Tintorera with usually some 15% Monastrell, the 2015 La Atalaya del Camino was cropped from a wetter year than the average. From dry-farmed, head-pruned old vines, the grapes were fermented with neutral yeasts in stainless steel and aged in French barriques for one year. It was a gentle year for Garnacha Tintorera, and the reality is that they used a lot less Monastrell than the average. It has a Rhone-ish profile, with aromas of sun-dried tomatoes and black olives, an oily touch and plenty of aromatic herbs. This is ripe, as they need ripe fruit to avoid the harsh tannins that the grape can deliver if the fruit is not very ripe. This is juicy, concentrated and powerful and will surely be able to develop for a long time in bottle. I was quite surprised by this wine. Drink now-2024.'

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2300. 15 ALMANSA SYRAH-MONASTRELL BLACK LABEL, BODEGAS PIQUERAS

50-50; aged 4 months in French and American oak barrels; Gold Medal - Berlin 2017.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2301. 18 ALMANSA GARNACHA TINTORERA ALBAROBLE, BODEGAS SANTA CRUZ DE ALPERA    92/100

14.5%. Oh, this is rich, sweet, deep, plummy, and lasting. Fully in tune on the palate. Good acid and freshness. Lasting. Delivers. Deal! 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2302. 17 YECLA SOLANERA VINA VIEJAS, BODEGAS CASTANO    (90/100)

Vinous 90: 'Deep, brilliant ruby. Ripe dark fruits, licorice and a hint of black cardamom on the smoky nose. Broad and fleshy in style, offering spice-accented blackberry, bitter cherry and espresso flavors that turn sweeter through the back half. Finishes spicy and broad, with an earthy suggestion of tobacco and subtle tannic grip. Drink now-2023.'

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2303. 18 JUMILLA BLUE LABEL, JUAN GIL    (93/100)

Vinous 93: 'Glass-staining ruby. A highly aromatic bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, licorice, mocha and exotic spices, along with a floral nuance that builds in the glass. Sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering juicy blueberry, cherry-vanilla and violet pastille flavors that show impressive energy for their heft. Rich yet lively and precise, finishing with strong, spicy thrust, an emerging mineral quality and smooth, polished tannins. Drink 2023-2030.'

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How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

PSI-2304. 17 JUMILLA MONASTRELL ALTOS DE LA HOYA FINCA HOYA DE SANTA ANA, BODEGAS OLIVARES     (90/100)

Vinous 90: 'Glistening violet. Spice-accented cherry and black raspberry on the nose, along with subtle licorice and spice notes. Appealingly sweet and juicy, offering well-concentrated dark fruit flavors that firm up and turn more tangy on the back half. Finishes lively and focused, with fine-grained tannins framing persistent licorice and cherry notes. Drink now-2028.'

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2305. 19 ALICANTE MONASTRELL MO, BODEGAS SIERRA SALINAS    91/100

2018: Purple mourvedre fruit. Fresh and right. 2018 fruit quality. Sweet and also structured. Purple fruit and flower mourvedre aftertaste. Damn good value. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2306. 16 ALICANTE MIRA SALINAS, BODEGAS SIERRA SALINAS    91/100

Vinous 91/100. My notes: All monastrell. 14.5%. Very fresh and fruity. Mourvedre dark. Ideal. Pastille fruit precision. Not sweet though. The alcohol is cooling and so is the mourvedre. Nice. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2307. 20 ALICANTE MONASTRELL TARIMA, BODEGAS VOLVER    92+/100

2017: Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for six months in used French oak barrels. Black, concentrated, powerful. Full of dry matter, mourvedre purple and black plum aromas. Rich, full, and round. What power and size and give for the price! One of the most intense in the series. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2308. 16 ALICANTE MONASTRELL TARIMA HILL, BODEGAS VOLVER    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: This bold red is intense and expressive. Cassis and blueberry flavors mingle with cola, cocoa and licorice notes. Chewy tannins and balsamic acidity amplify the impact. Heady, ripe and in the modern style. Monastrell. Drink now through 2024.' 'Made from vines planted in 1935 and 1970; fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks and aged in new and used French and American oak barrels.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2309. 18 EXTREMADURA PAGO PALACIO QUEMADO LA ZARCITA, BODEGAS ALVEAR    92/100

Est. 1729; single vineyard (pago); aged in once filled French oak foudres. Heavy Bottle Award. The warmth of the region and earned suavity of aging in cooperage. Quite the complex aromatic range. Rich and full bodied. Very suave palate indeed. No heat, little tannin. Singularly inviting mealtime accompaniment. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2310. 20 MALLORCA SINCRONIA BLANC, MESQUIDA MORA    91+/100

2019: Prensal, giro, chardonnay; 20 year old vines, indigenous yeasts; 4 months on lees. A mellow melange; it works. Vinosity, citricity, minerality. Really quite full bodied. Again, the citrus aspects. Crisp acidity, balanced set of varietal influences. Nothing askew, or loud mouthed. So ideal and rangy at the table. Saline finish. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2311. 20 BINISSALEM - MALLORCA NEGRE, CA'N VERDURA    93+/100

2019: 70% mantonegro, with callet, monastrell, merlot, syrah; vines planted in the 1950s; winemaker Tomeu Llabres. Black fruited, seasoned; broad spectrum of subtle varietal aromas in harmony with one another. Comments include dark chocolate, prune-plum, , garrigue, anise, and florals. Unique for sure. Enticing, intriguing, unique varietal set. Full bodied, both rich and racy. Lots of aromatic and textural range and excitement. Fine, clinging tannins and taste. Stimulating, mentally and sensually. The group was enthralled. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each



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