updated 6-20-21
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PORTUGAL

PSI-2504. 18 PORTUGAL TINTO, SILK & SPICE
40% touriga nacional, 20% each baga, syrah, alicante bouschet. Full color./ Full presence but not a lot of aromatic spread the first evening. Much more illustrative nose the second evening: juicy, lively, fruity./ Full, sweet black fruits on the palate from the start. Really an harmonious whole. Well crafted. Yes! 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

PSI-2505. 19 VINHO VERDE, ALIANCA
Nice and spritzy uinder screwcap, which it retains into the second evening. Proper but not effusively aromatic the first evening. Sbows more give and personality th3e second evening, so I definitely recommend aerating this./ Soft, pleasing, flavorful. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

PSI-2506. 18 VINHO VERDE BASTO, CASA DO VALLE
Ideal. Fresh, brisk, juicy, tangy, stimulatiing./ Oh so juicy and flavorful. Nice padding. Lithe, light and lively. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

PSI-2507. 20 VINHO VERDE FAMEGA, CAVAS DE CERCA
2019: Fizzy./ Fresh, green apple and pear./ Fizzy tingle is drying and refreshing. Good acid edge and tender core. As it airs, a real burst of fruit comes forth. Lingers too. Right on. Deal. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each

PSI-2508. 20 VINHO VERDE, GAZELA
2018: 9%. Total. Crisp and vigorous, tingly. Lightly fruity./ Great taste. Soft too. Very fruity flavor. Surpasses Gazela norms. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each

PSI-2509. 20 VINHO VERDE RESERVA, PORTAL DA CALCADA
2019: From the estate's oldest vines. 11.5%. Very fresh and lemony. Accomplished already: no sulphur, no fermentation residuals./ Juicy. Good richness countered by welcome acidity. Harmonious all around. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

PSI-2510. 19 VINHO VERDE LAS LILAS, ADEGA PONTE DA BARCA
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-2511. 19 VINHO VERDE ARCA NOVA, QUINTA DAS ARCAS
Clear and fresh white grape aroma. Translucent even. Ready to serve./ Upon arrival light apple-blossom fermentation residuals. These had faded away by the second day. Crisp and vigorous. Totally fulfilled now. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

PSI-2512. 19 MINHO ALVARINHO, NORTICO
Vineyards planted 1910 - 2005. Upon opening, nose accurate but still low key. Nice little tingle to it. A few weeks later, Very deep seated and special alvarinho take. Citrus and stone fruits, with a savory mineral basis./ Yeah, dry, dusty, understated. This has been a steady favorite but likely not tasted this young before. Pleasing astringency. This one opened up well for the group, showing bright varietal character, tropical fruit overtones, and attractive acidity and minerality. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

PSI-2513. 17 DOURO, 370 LEGUAS
Franca, barroca, roriz. Sweeter and stronger disposition of a Douro tinto. Sweet and deep fruit, lead by franca./ Fully ripe, if not quite over the top. Reflects its warm, declared-Vintage growing season. An exceptionally value worthy example. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

PSI-2514. 17 DOURO VALE DO BOMFIM, DOW
2016: 40% touriga franc, 22% touriga nacional, 40% field blend. Oh, this is rich, dark, and deep. Ideal display of Douro varieties and terroir./ Yes, both flow and filling. Dark, dense, deep, flavorful, expansive, lasting. What a satisfying value! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

PSI-2515. 16 DOURO ASSOBIO QUINTA DOS MURCAS, HERDADE DO ESPORAO
2013: NY Times - 3 STARS & BEST VALUE: Our No. 3 wine (out of 20 Douro table wines tasted), the 2013 Esporao Assobio, was our best value. It was spicy and smoky with aromas and flavors of dark fruit and wildflowers.' No. 1 cost $75, No. 2, $48. Assobio is from a single vineyard in the Quinta dos Murcas estate. Est. 1714; 40% each tinta roriz, touriga franca, 20% touriga nacional.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

PSI-2516. 16 DOURO, PORTAL DE CALCADA
Full color./ Lots of purple fruit and fruit peel. Dark hearted 2016 style./ Palate compact, tart, and finely tannic. A different style of Douro table wine that de-emphasizes ripeness and power. I applaud that. Intriguing cellar possibilities, especially for a wine in this price range. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

PSI-2517. 17 DOURO ESTATE, QUINTA DE LA ROSA
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-2518. 12 DOURO ESTATE RESERVA, QUINTA DE LA ROSA
Parker 92: 'The 2012 Reserva is an old vines field blend consisting principally of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, aged for 18 months in new French oak barriques. This is a remarkably elegant Reserva, with a graceful mid-palate and restrained feel, plus some tannic pop on the finish. The fruit is lifted and fresh, although there is a touch of smoke in the background that seemed a bit reductive in nature. It announced that it really is a Reserva with its structure. It tightens fast with aeration and becomes quite gripping on the finish. This is an intriguing Reserva that takes some time to get into, but ultimately it shows extremely well. That bit of smoky funk blew off completely by the next day. The only question will be whether its mid-palate allows it to develop as well as I'd hope. I think it will, as it eventually fleshed out a bit, seeming more elegant than thin. The fine fruit and graceful demeanor will be extremely appealing to many people. It will make a great food wine, too. It should be approachable relatively young, but it does need some time to settle, pull in oak and smooth out some tannins. Drink 2017 - 2027. $53.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

PSI-2519. 16 DOURO VALLADO, QUINTA DO VALLADO
Touriga franca, touriga nacional, tinta roriz. Oh, deep, dark, black fruited, spicy, vigorous./ Full bodied and well wooded./ Wonderful fruit, form, harmony, drinkability. Fine balance of fruit, oak, terroir, and tannin. Really useful in the present, which is surprising for a three year old Douro tinto of a declared Port vintage. Yes. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

PSI-2520. 18 DOURO MEANDRO, QUINTA DO VALE MEAO
Wine Enthusiast 93: ‛This wine is named after the majestic oxbow bend taken by the Douro river around the Meao estate. It is richly structured and with no concessions to immediate softness. It needs to age to bring its black fruits into full harmony with the structure. Wait to drink until 2023. $20.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

PSI-2521. 17 DOURO DUAS QUINTAS, RAMOS-PINTO
Designed as an estate blend from a warmer schist site near the river and a cooler, high-elevation granitic vineyard. 45% touriga nacional, 30% touriga franca, 25% mixed. 20% aged in French oak cooperage. Wow, dark, deep, serious. You can tell this is a Vintage Port worthy vintage. This really runs deep./ Suave and mouthcoating. One of the best vintages of this. The oak adds a light caramel note. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

PSI-2522. DOURO 850, SOGEVINUS
25% each touriga franca, tinta roriz, tinta barroca; 15% tinta cao, 10% tinta amarela. Oh my goodness! What aromatic spread, what clarity. Precise, incisive, all./ Yes, the range, the peacock‛s tail flair of aromatics is remarkable. And the entire effort is harmonious. Yes. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

PSI-2523. 18 DOURO ALTANO, SYMINGTON FAMILY ESTATE
40% touriga franca, 30% each tinta roriz, tinta barroca. Sweet and rich, complete 2018 fruit forward approach./ Again, a thorough, ramped up Altano take on the classic Douro varieties, its sweet fruit well balanced by fruit acidity. Yes. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

PSI-2524. 15 DOURO FLOR DAS TECEDEIRAS, QUINTA DAS TECEDEIRAS
From the five leading Portuguese grapes. Nice, complete, ripe 15./ The right fruit set./ Good acid and texture. Not too alcoholic. Everything lays right. Will have a successful evolution. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

PSI-2525. 15 DOURO RESERVA, QUINTA DAS TECEDEIRAS
Yeah, wood, time in cooperage, amplitude, power. Full delivery. Fine wine. More to offer than the regular. But needs more time./ A Wow wine. Amplitude, wood, texture, suavity. Breadth. Flavor rules. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

PSI-2526. 17 DAO COLHEITA SELECIONADA, QUINTA DE CABRIZ
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-2527. 17 DAO, DHARMA
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-2528. 16 DAO SELECAO DO ENOLOGO PEDRA CANCELA, JOAO COELHO GOUVELA
2014: 40% touriga nacional, 30% each alfrocheiro, tinta roriz. Great oak in tune with touriga nacional size and Dao granite basis. The other varieties full it out./ Sweet fruit and oak complement one another. Fine tannin. Great length and clarity. Wow. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2529. 19 DAO BRANCO SELECAO DO ENOLOGO PEDRA CANCELA, JOAO COELHO GOUVELA
40% encruzado, 30% each cerceal branco, malvasia fina. That's a unique aromatic set. The terroir and first two varieties give it distinct soil inflections. Malvasia contributes certain floral overtones./ Plays out the same on the palate. Pretty heavy-weight table white. No aperitif, that's for sure. This continued to fill out into the following day. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2530. 16 DAO RESERVA, PEDRA CANCELA
Wine Enthusiast 92: ‛This elegant ripe blend of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Tinta Roriz is full of ripe black plum fruits, rich tannins and a fine perfume from wood aging. The wine's density is mitigated by the spice and acidity at the end. Drink from 2021.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2531. 19 BAIRRADA QUINTA DE BAIXO DRINK ME NAT COOL, NIEPOORT
Well done. It's Bairrada's dark, surly baga varietal given a different fashioning process and unveiling unforeseen relief and aromatic appeal. Strawberry and rose petal highlights./ Fluid, medium bodied, fresh, spicy-fruity, and appealing. Unique for sure. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2532. 14 BAIRRADA, TORRE DE COIMBRA
Touriga nacional, baga, alfrocheiro. Tarry 14 and baga mannerisms./ Spicy, and full of material. Ageworthy. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

PSI-2533. 14 BAIRRADA RESERVA, TORRE DE COIMBRA
Touriga nacional, baga, alfrocheiro. Oh, yeah, the reserve's the one. Lots more personality than the unoaked version above. This has oak, barrel time bouquet, bottle bouquet. Gives and gives./ Yes, so much more complex, generous, and forthcoming. Good acidity too. Complete. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

PSI-2534. 14 BEIRA ATLANTICO COLHEITA SELECCIONADA, LUIS PATO
Estate bottled; touriga nacional; sandy soil. Dark and sweet, deep and serious. This is much different from the 2012, which was 60% baga, 40% touriga nacional. Impressive richness and persistence./ Yes, more body than the 2012, yet remains Pato well tailored. Silky and pure. Juicy red fruit. Great balance, length, all. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2535. 11 BEIRA INTERIOR SELECAO ENOLOGO, QUINTA DO CARDO
Nacional, franca, and roriz. Well that's sweet, special. Deep, floral, creamy. Bouquet evolution. Perfect pitch. Good grief. Where has this been all my life? Yikes!/ So cool and racy and purple fruit dominant. Big. A little tannin yet. Well balanced. Eminently meal worthy. And will go on. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

PSI-2536. 16 BEIRA INTERIOR RESERVA BEYRA, RUI ROBOREDO MADEIRA
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-2537. 13 ALENQUER, QUINTA DAS SETENCOSTAS
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: 12.99 each

PSI-2538. 15 LISBOA CHAO RIJO, ADEGA REGIONAL DE COLARES
Sole makers of Colares; 80% castelao, 20% tinta roriz, vines averaging 40 years. Very dark and dense./ Full and black. Old time concentration. Built to last./ Full of dry matter, extract. Not bearish though; the tannins are fine grained. Persistent fruit flavors. Unique. Big time cellar candidate. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

PSI-2539. 15 LISBOA RESERVA COLOSSAL, CASA SANTOS LIMA
30% each touriga nacional, syrah, roriz; 10% alicante bouschet. Sweet up front, dry in the back. Nice nacional and syrah dark fruit./ Very dark and ripe 2015. Powerful at 14%. Tannin on teeth. Keep. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

PSI-2540. 16 LISBOA RESERVA CONFIDENCIAL, CASA SANTOS LIMA
2015: Wine Enthusiast 91/100. My notes: Fresh, firm, medium bodied. Not as sweet and oaky on the nose as the 14. Strange, since 15 is the riper vintage. Probably because sampled at an earlier stage. Plenty of intensity and presence nonetheless./ The palate is sweeter and woodier. Great flavor, texture, balance, give. And length. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

PSI-2541. 17 LISBOA PORTUGA, CASA SANTOS LIMA
40% castelao, 30% touriga nacional, 15% each cabernet sauvignon, syrah. Aged 4 months in barriques. Deep, dark, rich, black fruited. Spicy notes./ Suave, finely etched texture. Full bodied for 12.5% abv. Flows nicely too. Fits the Lisboa pattern. Really great acidity. Dryness, balance, versatility at the table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

PSI-2542. 18 LISBOA RESERVA RUELAS, QUINTA DO GRADIL
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: 11.99 each

PSI-2543. 19 LISBOA QSS RARE, QUINTA DE SAO SEBASTIAO
2018: Touriga nacional triumphs over the Gucci French varieties cab sauv, syrah. Adds a real purple-fruit note of distinction the others can't seem to deny./ Yes, it's stalwart and noteworthy, especially at the price. Cab sauv and syrah are sympathetic in their support roles. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

PSI-2544. 17 LISBOA 3 AUTORES, CAVES VIDIGAL
70% aragones, 20% castelao, 10% cab sauv. Racy, lithe 2017 style with sweet red fruits./ The palate is bolder and sweeter, with just the right balance of freshness and concentration. Come hither. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

PSI-2545. 13 TEJO, SOC. AGR. CASAL DA COELHEIRA
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.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

PSI-2546. 16 TEJO RESERVA SILENT OAK, FIUZA
Wine Enthusiast 90: ‛The blend of Touriga Nacional and Alicante Bouschet is firmly structured with perfumes both from the wine and the wood aging. Ripe and generous, its structure and dry core will allow the wine to age well. Drink from 2020. $19.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2547. 16 ALENTEJO RESERVA ESPORAO, HERDADE DO ESPORAO
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‛This is a full-bodied, rich wine from an estate with a 750-year history. The wine is built by a core of firm tannins, with generous, spicy black-fruit flavors filling it out.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

PSI-2548. 17 ALENTEJANO CONDE VILLAR, ESTEVES MONTEIRO
40% aragonez, 30% trincadeira, 20% alicante bouschet, 10% touriga nacional. Really open and insistent. Sweet, fresh, and logical Alentejo 2017. Full of fruit goodness of the vintage. Persistent./ Rich and round. Well padded. Golly, oomph, class, delivery, taste, region, everything. No barrel complications necessary. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2549. 19 ALENTEJANO MARIANA, HERDADE DO ROCIM
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: 14.99 each

PSI-2550. 19 ALENTEJO AMPHORA, HERDADE DO ROCIM
2018: 50% moreto, 30% tinta grossa, 15% trincadeira, 5% aragonez. 12%. Fresh, classic, old time, low alcohol red. Medium bodied Euro wine, clear and fruity./ Again, all about moderation and food worthiness. Nice acid, very fine tannin touch. Very well balanced. Take it right to the table. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

PSI-2551. 18 ALENTEJANO TOURIGA NACIONAL, HERDADE DO ROCIM
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-2552. 17 ALENTEJANO SAO MIGUEL DO SUL CASA AGR. ALEXANDRE RELVAS
50% aragonez, 30% alicante, 15% trincadeira, 5% cab sauv. Sweet and spicy presentation. Uncomplicated and pleasing./ Sweetish and easy tinto of the sunny south. Wide appeal. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

PSI-2553. 17 ALENTEJANO ADEGA JOSE DE SOUSA, JOSE MARIA DA FONSECA
2016: 54% grand noir, 34% trincadeira, 12% aragonez. 9 months in American and French oak barrels. Rich and dark and bold, with no roti. Just sweet, ripe fruit./ Again, dark and sweet. Compact form and fruit, with good acid and tannin. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

PSI-2554. 17 ALENTEJANO, TERRAS DE FIALHO
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-2555. 18 ALENTEJANO APLANTA, VINOS ATLANTICO
70% aragonez, 30% alicante bouschet. Aged six months in French oak cooperage. Deep, dark, rich, ample Alentejo tinta./ Plenty of dark fruit savor on the palate, both pulp and peel. Fine grained tannins for meat. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

PSI-2556. 19 ALENTEJANO TOURIGA NACIONAL VAI NUA, FITAPRETA
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-2558. 19 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO, BODEGAS LA CANA
In the Salnes Valley, 1.8 miles from the Atlantic; vines from 35 to 50 years old. A good and heady, perfumed one. Even the cork smelled fruity upon extraction. Texturally and aromatically forthcoming, persistent, generous./ Flavors fulfilling too. Citrus, pear, pineapple. Evident acid, mostly in back. Ongoing flavor appeal. Quite full, so use with food rather in a aperitif role. One of the most satisfying vintages of this. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2559. 19 RIAS BAIXAS CONDADO ALBARINO ETHEREO, BODEGAS EIDOSELA
Subregion on the Mino, 30 miles from the Atlantic. Brisk and bracing, almost tonic. Sharp lemon peel aroma. Such pizzazz./ Lemon peel, juice, pulp. Some stone fruit padding beneath. Ocean breeze minerality. Zesty, tart finish. I'm thinking fresh fish. Well liked by the group. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

PSI-2560. 19 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO NEBOA, BODEGAS EIDOSELA
Name refers to fog; at Condado do Tea; 75 yr old vines on slate instead of the usual granite. Some sulphur under screwcap at first. As it lifts,, albarino tropical fruit, stone fruit, and flowers evident beneath./ Flavors confirm aromas. Plus citrus notes and fresh acidity. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

PSI-2561. 19 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO, PAZO CILLEIRO
A storied estate, founded by monks in the Salnes Valley..Reluctant upon opening; takes some delving. There's sweet citrus and honeysuckle deep down inside. It pushes through. A nice and plush Salnes take on albarino./ White fruit melange. The varietal padding is evident, as well as vivacious fruit acidity. And saline minerality. Flavorful, balanced, long. Well liked by the group. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2562. 19 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO ABADIA DE SAN CAMPIO. BODEGAS TERRAS GAUDA
Estate bottled. Good varietal character to start. A lovely, peachy thing./ There is good fruit cocktail and terroir in the background. And tangy acidity. Swells with airing, into a gratifying degree of richness, so decant it. Very popular with the group. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

PSI-2563. 13 ASTURIAS PESICO, DOMINIO DEL UROGALLO
Mmm, warm, sweet, and spicy. Lavish for zone and vintage./ Abundant fruit and spice. Just delicious. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

PSI-2564. 16 RIBEIRO TINTO CLASICO, VINA MEIN
Wine & Spirits 96: 'Javier Alen was one of the leaders of the renaissance of Ribeiro when he founded Vina Mein in 1988, replanting hillside vineyards with local varieties and sustaining some older parcels that he recently turned over to Dani Landi and Fernando Garcia, the forces behind Comando G in the hills outside of Madrid. The newcomers have shifted the farming toward organic practices and separated out some interesting selections, like this blend of caino longo, brancellao and a little tintilla, from vines planted in 1935. I had the kind of emotional and physical reaction to this wine that made me question whether it was just the pull of memories, of a summer on the beach in Galicia when I was 12 years old. So, I gave a glass to Rachel DelRocco Terrazzas, our tastings editor, who described it as 'super serious wine -- every time I go back to it, I get something different -- floral, smoke, chocolate, plum. The way it dissipates in the mouth is like a fairy godmother saying, 'Here's some beautiful wine.' Poof. And then it tingles on and on. $35.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2565. 16 BIERZO MENCIA ROBLE, ABAD DOM BUENO
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.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2566. 17 BIERZO MENCIA UNCULIN, JOSE ANTONIO GARCIA
Parker 90: 'The fruit-driven, juicy and expressive red 2017 Unculin is pure Mencia from very old vines produced in a light and refreshing style to make it easy to drink. It fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and had a total maceration time of some 30 days. It matured in a combination of stainless steel tanks and oak foudres for six months. It's clean and reminiscent of a northern Rhone Syrah, with floral, earthy and smoked meat aromas. The palate is round and lush, with fine tannins, very tasty flavors and good balance and freshness. Delicious! Drink 2019-2021. $24.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

PSI-2567. 15 BIERZO MENCIA VIERNES, BODEGAS GODELIA
Fresh, and in the style intended. Takes me back to the first vintage of this I'd tasted. Off the charts. Perhaps the best vintage yet. No mencia reduction. Just bright, bright, forward, black and deep fruit unencumbered by either barrel or hermetic influences./ Plummy, suave, fruity. 2015 sweet. Great acid. Really racy for ripe 2015. Fruit emphasis realized. Balanced and meal-worthy. Could serve at a cool temperature because fruity and not tannic. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

PSI-2568. 12 BIERZO MENCIA VIERNES, BODEGAS GODELIA
Cuvee assembled from vines age 10 to 20 years. Red-black color./ Gobs of fresh fruit yet, sweet fruit, no mencia reduction. The screwcap, enemy of young mencia, is a prime time supporter of an older one./ Fresh fruit and evolving bottle bouquet. Everything in one package at this stage, though a modicum of fine tannin suggests it won't fade fast. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

PSI-2569. 12 BIERZO, BODEGAS GODELIA
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-2570. 14 BIERZO MENCIA TRITON, BODEGAS ORDONEZ
Vinous 91: 'Bright violet color. Vibrant black and blue fruit and violet pastille scents are complicated by licorice and smoky minerals. Juicy, focused and emphatically spicy on the palate, offering bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors and a touch of spicecake. Closes minerally and very long, with silky tannins building slowly and adding gentle grip. This fresh, nervy wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged in used French oak barrels for ten months. Drink 2018 - 2023. $17.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2571. 18 BIERZO PETALOS, DESC. DE JOSE PALACIOS
2017: Parker 93: ‛2017 was a very unusual year in Bierzo, and here they started harvesting the 21st of August, when they had never started harvesting in August. There are more white grapes in the 2017 Petalos del Bierzo, almost 10%, not because they wanted to lower the alcohol, because the alcohol was similar to 2016, but because the white grapes achieved perfect ripeness (Ricardo Perez Palacios told me he's never seen such beautiful white grapes). The wine had been bottled the day before I tasted it, so they also showed me a tank and a barrel sample they had saved for the purpose of comparison. However, the bottled wine, the first produced at their new facilities, was really singing and didn't show any fatigue. The palate was vibrant, with acid strawberry flavors. It is very immediate, approachable, round and juicy, perhaps not with the depth and longevity of the 2014 but really pleasant and drinkable. Drink now-02023.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

PSI-2572. 17 BIERZO JOVEN EL CASTRO DE VALTUILLE CASTRO VENTOSA, RAUL PEREZ
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-2573. 16 BIERZO MENCIA JOVEN EL CASTRO DE VALTUILLE, RAUL PEREZ
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-2574. 16 VALDEORRAS MENCIA GABO DO XIL, LADEIRAS DO XIL
Good black fruit and cracked white peppercorn. No mencia reduction./ Ful juicy and flavor. Maybe it's pink, not white, peppercorn. Adds crunch. Yow. One of the purest examples of unoaked mencia I've tasted. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

PSI-2575. 18 VALDEORRAS GODELLO, PAGOS DEL GALIR
Rich and full of godello stone fruit. Ideal aroma, ideal texture too./ Pleasing body as well as freshness. Flavor and flow and fine acid etch. Yes. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2576. 20 TXAKOLI DE ALAVA TXAKOLINA XARMANT, ARABAKO TXAKOLINA
70% hondarrabi zuri, 10% gros manseng, 10% petit manseng, 10% petit corbu; vyd 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-2577. 16 CASTILLA Y LEON MARISA, ALAIA
70% prieto picudo, 30% tempranillo. Has that haunting, earthy prieto quality, unique and enticing. That purple stained fruit of the region and the dominant variety. Good aromatic concentration. Deep fruited, with some barrel earned breadth./ Yes, rich, deep, broad. More than earlier years. Meaty, beefy. Yes, juicy black fruit, agreeably tart and mealworthy. 2016 coolness and grip of fine tannin. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

PSI-2578. 20 CASTILLA Y LEON TEMPRANILLO GRANDE, EL JEFE liter
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-2579. 19 CASTILLA Y LEON TEMPRANILLO, ARCO IRIS liter
Rich and full; all the while, sassy. Toro like tempranillo./ Pleasing 2019 flow. Not as heady as many a Toro area tinto. Still, lots of presence and persistence. A liter package is the right choice. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

PSI-2580. 18 CASTILLA Y LEON TEMPRANILLO, ARCO IRIS liter
Sweet, full, warm, and Toro ripe./ Again, with spice, race, and vigor too. Pleasing acidity. Coated if any tannin. Wide appeal. No brainer. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

PSI-2581. 18 CASTILLA Y LEON TEMPRANILLO GOTA DE ARENA TRIDENTE, JUAN GIL
2017: James Suckling 92: ‛Spicy oak and plenty of toasty notes. The depth of flavor is impressive.‛ My notes: Sweet and succulent as always./ Yeah, cremes. Cedar too. Good texture, all. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

PSI-2582. 14 CASTILLA Y LEON, BODEGAS MAURO
Parker 93/100. My notes: 94% tempranillo, 6% syrah. 16 months in French and American oak casks, 20% new. Deep and smoky, grilled fruits. Castilla y Leon tempranillo to the max. Fabulous fruit ripeness and oak integration and complexity./ Black and purple fruits. Singed, robust, warm. Depth and substance. Upright, classic Mauro. Excellent RDD. All the while, well tailored. The right proportions. Fine tannin cling. Long aftertaste. Ready to enjoy at age four. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

PSI-2583. 15 CASTILLA Y LEON SARDON DE DUERO SELECCION ESPECIAL, ABADIA RETUERTA
Parker 92: ‛The value among the reds is the 2015 Selección Especial, a blend of 66% Tempranillo, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah and 2% Merlot, a blend decided through blind tastings, with fruit from the different plots of vineyard in the estate. It opened up spectacularly as it sat in the glass; it took some time to get focused, and some early lactic notes disappeared to give way to ripe fruit without excess, licorice and even a floral touch. It's nicely crafted and balanced, combining power and elegance. It kept developing and unfurling nice aromas as it sat in the glass, tangerine peel, tonka beans, sweet spices... Great complexity for the price. Drink now-2022.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

PSI-2584. 17 CASTILLA Y LEON TEMPRANILLO, BODEGAS TRIDENTE
2014: Vinous 91: ‛Fermented in stainless steel tanks, followed by 15 months of aging in French oak barrels, 40 percent of them new. Brilliant purple. Highly perfumed dark berry, vanilla and violet scents are complemented by hints of licorice and oak spices. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering blackberry and blueberry flavors that are lifted and given spine by juicy acidity. In a supple, fruit-driven style, finishing with strong punch, harmonious tannins and excellent, spicy persistence. Drink 2019 - 2024.‛ List price: $18.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

PSI-2585. 19 LEON ALBARIN BLANCO, PARDEVALLES
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-2586. 17 TORO TINTA DE TORO TRITON, BODEGAS ORDONEZ
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-2587. 17 TORO TERMES, NUMANTHIA
Named after an area village that in 134 BC fought to its death against Roman invaders; tinta de toro is a local clone of tempranillo; 14 months in French oak barrels. Very dark ruby-black./ These are always generously oaked. This one has had time for most of the oak to settle in. Demonstrative Toro, always./ Flavors still confined. Big in power, tannin. Mouthfilling, mouth coating. Will improve in the cellar for sure. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2588. 15 TORO ALMIREZ, BODEGAS TESO LA MONJA
Wine Enthusiast 92/100. My notes: 14.5%. Dark, pure, and sweet Toro tempranillo with nice and sweet oak seasonings./ Tannic, black, closed. Wood tannin too. Massive. Dark and daunting Toro. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

PSI-2589. 19 RUEDA VERDEJO EGEO, ISAAC FERNANDEZ
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-2590. 19 RUEDA VERDEJO, ORO DE CASTILLA
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

PSI-2591. 16 RIBERA DEL DUERO, AALTO
Parker 93-95/100. My notes: 18 months in 85% French and 15% American oak barrels, half new. Very special presentation of ripe fruit and fine oak. Great elegance and dignity./ Fine fruit and oak/cedar perfumes. Totally noble and alluring. Yow! 96/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

PSI-2592. 19 RIBERA DEL DUERO, BODEGAS BARCO DE PIEDRA
Vinous 91: ‛Inky ruby. Oak-spiced cherry-vanilla and dark berry scents and hints of coconut and cracked pepper. Broad and chewy on the palate, offering black currant, cherry preserve and bitter chocolate flavors and a touch of licorice. Youthfully chewy tannins lend grip to a long, spicy finish that leaves a sweet dark fruit preserve note behind. Raised in a combination of 85% French and 15% American oak. Drink 2023-2029. $19.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2593. 17 RIBERA DEL DUERO BELA, VILLALBA DE DUERO
By the folks at CVNE. Oh, a deep seated complex of oak and fruit, with epic RDD tinta pais concentration. Combo of classicism and modernity./ Yeah, this is loaded for bear. Oak toast, oak creme. Great acid and fine tannin. Totally up to the high standard set by the 2016. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2594. 16 RIBERA DEL DUERO TEMPRANILLO HITO, BODEGAS CEPA 21
Wine Spectator 91/100. My notes: Ripe, warm, black, spicy, powerful, insistent RDD./ Sweet, ripe fruit meets clear oak influence, seemingly American oak. Showy wine. One of the boldest in this series. Wants food. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

PSI-2595. 16 RIBERA DEL DUERO ROBLE, CONVENTO SAN FRANCISCO
10 months in barrels; unfiltered. Dark color of RDD tempranillo./ Solid, stalwart, well structured, and well filled RDD. Oak influence but not obvious like in some RDDs./ Yes, rich black fruit fills the month. Sweeter than a lot of RDDs, which is flattering. A delicious mouthful and classic to the DO. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

PSI-2596. 17 RIBERA DEL DUERO TEMPRANILLO VINAS VIEJAS MILCAMPOS, BODEGA LA MILAGROSA
All tempranillo. Deep, dark, forward fruit of 17. Black and formed and filled. Pulls back on the ripeness and power in 2017; I appreciate that. This can be quite the forceful wine in warm years. This one is coy and elegant./ Delicious, juicy fruit and fruit acidity. Flavorful and lengthy. Finest of tannins. More to come. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

PSI-2597. 07 RIBERA DEL DUERO OPIMIUS SPECIAL SELECTION, BODEGAS MONTEVANNOS
Retains some firmness even at age ten. Forward bouquet. Good wood and barrel time influences./ Tannin and firmness of texture. Bottle bouquet developing nicely. Wine of place and time. All works together. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

PSI-2598. 18 RIBERA DEL DUERO TEMPRANILLO FINCA RESALSO, EMILIO MORO
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-2599. 15 RIBERA DEL DUERO, EMILIO MORO
Wine Spectator 90: 'Black cherry, red plum and currant flavors are fresh and lively in this firm red, backed by dark chocolate, licorice and toasty notes. Light, firm tannins and citrusy acidity keep this focused. Drink now through 2023.'
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

PSI-2600. 19 RIBERA DEL DUERO, TORREMORON
2018: Wine & Spirits 92 - TOP 100 BEST BUYS: 'The high altitudes and old vines of north-central Ribera del Duero are famed for producing ambitious, collectible reds. So it's rare to find that great fruit presented unadorned, as it is here, in this wine from Quintanamanvirgo, a town with centenarian vines and fewer than 100 people, most of whom work in these vineyards planted in limestone and sand, at an elevation of 2,700 feet. Fernando de la Cal makes the wine in stainless steel with gentle extraction, capturing the freshness of the vineyards' cold nights in the fragrant strawberry and ripe-plum flavors. It's lean and naked, but the wine is still supple and bold. Decant a bottle and you may end up buying a case. $17.'
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

PSI-2601. 16 RIBERA DEL DUERO PRUNO, FINCA VILLACRECES
Wine Spectator 91; Parker 91: 'Always a good value in Ribera and cropped from a fresher year, the 2016 Pruno has notes of licorice, dark berries and even some fresher red fruit. It has abundant, fine-grained tannins that require powerful food. Drink now-2021.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

PSI-2602. 19 RIOJA TEMPRANILLO COSECHA ALDEA REAL, VINEDOS DE ALDEANUEVA
Deep, fruity, and spot on definition of a young tempranillo wine. Berry melange./ A lesson in sweetly fruity tempranillo This is so right, and delightful! 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

PSI-2603. 17 RIOJA COSECHA HAZANA VINAS VIEJAS, BODEGAS ABANICO
2015: Vinous 90: 'Vivid ruby-red. Spice-accented red fruits, succulent flowers and a hint of coconut on the fragrant nose. Supple and broad in the mouth, offering fleshy raspberry and cherry cola flavors that pick up a hint of smokiness with aeration. In a forward, appealingly sweet style, with rounded tannins and a hint of cured meat sneaking in on the long, supple finish. Drink 2021-2027.'
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

PSI-2604. 17 RIOJA ALAVESA, ARTUKE
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-2605. 17 RIOJA TEMPRANILLO, BARON DE LEY
Bright, fresh, 2017 revealing. Spicy-peppery, sweet and vigorous./ Again, that play of sweet fruit against spicy-peppery vigor. A pleasing approach to no-oak tempranillo. Good acidity. Versatile at the table. We enjoyed it with shrimp and grits, Old Bay seasoning. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

PSI-2606. 15 RIOJA RESERVA, BODEGAS CAMPO VIEJO
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: 14.99 each

PSI-2607. 12 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA TEMPRANILLO, BODEGAS CAMPO VIEJO
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.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2608. C.V.C. RIOJA GRAN FAMILIA, CASTILLO DE FUENMAYOR
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: 11.99 each

PSI-2609. 16 RIOJA CRIANZA, CVNE
2015: Vinous 90: ‛Brilliant ruby-red. Spicy, sharply focused red fruit aromas, along with a suave floral nuance that builds in the glass. In an elegant, fine-grained style, offering lithe raspberry and cherry flavors that pick up a peppery accent on the back half. Shows very good clarity on the subtly tannic, lively finish, which strongly echoes the spice note. Drink now-2026.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

PSI-2610. 14 RIOJA RESERVA, CVNE
From Alta. Tempranillo, with graciano and mazuelo. Yes, reserva time in cooperage and fabulous oak and fruit combo. Deep, sweet, and dark./ Cool and high altitude bright. Grip of fine tannins. Yes. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2611. 12 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA, CVNE
2011: Wine Enthusiast 92: 'Aromas of olive, root beer, and spicy berry fruit are a bit closed, damp and earthy. A solid palate with good acidity hosts flavors of spiced plum, currant, vanilla and raw oak. On the finish, plum and fresh herb flavors drift off under the guidance of subtle oak. Drink now through 2025.'
How Many bottles/singles: 36.99 each

PSI-2612. 16 RIOJA CRIANZA VINA REAL, CVNE
Wine Spectator 91; Parker 91: 'The bottle I tasted of the 2016 Vina Real Crianza is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano from Rioja Alavesa that fermented destemmed in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and matured in French and American oak barrels for 13 to 14 months, during which time it was racked every five or six months. It's expressive, deliciously aromatic, floral and elegant, reflecting a cool year that delivered fresh wines that seem to be very approachable early on. 2016 is a pretty vintage, but this wine is not banal; it has depth and complexity that's remarkable for the price point. The palate is fresh and balanced, with fine tannins. Drink now-2022.'
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

PSI-2613. 10 RIOJA RESERVA VINA REAL, CVNE
Wine & Spirits 92: 'Classical Rioja, like this subtle and racy reserva, makes me smile. It's a wine with scents of offal and cranberries, blood and blood oranges. Sure, it's a little liqueur-like and so dry that it's almost bitter. But that mild bitterness comes in tannins as open as cracked pink peppercorns, in a cool, zesty finish that carries the scent of freshly turned earth. Enjoy it with a skewer of grilled setas, or any local wild mushrooms.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

PSI-2614. 14 RIOJA RESERVA IMPERIAL CVNE
Parker 92: ‛The 2014 Imperial Reserva is 85% Tempranillo with 5% each of Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha fermented in stainless steel vats and matured in oak barrels for two years. It's the more balsamic and aromatic of all the Reservas, with intoxicating aromas of cigar box, ash, incense, old furniture, faint smoke and spices. There is good ripeness, without excess. I think this is a real triumph over the challenging conditions of the year, with harmony and balance, good acidity and very fine tannins. It's not a super vintage, but a noteworthy one, with all that is needed to develop in bottle. Drink now-2024. $48.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

PSI-2615. 11 RIOJA RESERVA IMPERIAL, CVNE
Vinous 92: 'Ruby-red. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, cherry pit, cured tobacco and toasty oak, joined by a vanilla nuance that builds in the glass. Juicy red currant and bitter cherry flavors show very good depth and complementary nuances of mocha, spicecake and rose pastille. Finishes smoky and very long, featuring gently firming tannins and lingering florality. 2020-2032.'
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

PSI-2616. 14 RIOJA RESERVA VINA EGUIA, BODEGAS EGUIA
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-2617. 11 RIOJA TEMPRANILLO COSECHA, FINCA ALLENDE
All tempranillo; unfined, unfiltered. Rich, oaky, well aged. Really loaded, especially for 2011./ Sweet and oaky. Young yet. Loaded, indeed. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2618. 18 RIOJA TEMPRANILLO - GARNACHA, EGUREN UGARTE
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-2619. 18 RIOJA GRACIANO RIO MADRE, BODEGAS ILURCE
2017: Extra ripe and sweet graciano display here in 2015. On steroids. Gives 110%./ Sweet and variegated, tangy and balanced. All in the right proportions. A flavorful delight. Best ever vintage of this. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

PSI-2620. 14 RIOJA RESERVA, BODEGAS IZADI
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How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2621. 13 RIOJA VENDIMIA SELECCIONADA LAR DE SOTOMAYOR, DOMECO DE JARAUTA
Vinous 90: 'Opaque ruby. Aromas of dark berries, cherry pit and cola, with a mocha note emerging with aeration. Supple, expansive blackberry and bitter cherry flavors are lifted by a jolt of tangy acidity. Lingers nicely on the long, gently sweet finish, with the cherry and cola notes repeating. This wine was aged for a year in a combination of new and two-year-old French oak barrels. 2018-2021.'
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2622. 16 RIOJA CRIANZA, BODEGAS LAN
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..
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2623. 15 RIOJA RESERVA, BODEGAS LAN
92% tempranillo, 8% mazuelo from Alta & Alavesa vineyards over 25 years old; aged 18 months in French/American oak barrels and 21 months in bottle; each bottle has a high-quality waiter's corkscrew shrink-wrapped to its neck. Black color even after its long barrel sojourn. That's 2015 in part./ An unusual freshness and fruitiness for reserva. That's 2015 too. Plenty of barrel effect pushes forth to support its reserva status./ Balance of 15 sweet fruit and oak extracts, including oak tannin. Together as a whole and spells good cellar potential. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

PSI-2624. 10 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA, BODEGAS LAN
From its Lanciano vineyard; 2 years in barrel, 6 years in bottle. Very dark fruited Rioja Alta. The fruit holds up through its long barrel regimen. Oh, the oak and barrel sojourn have a clear and positive impact, yet the fruit stays the course. Overall, a complex and elegant presentation./ Oh, yes, the fruit, the barrel seasoning, and the barrel-aged bouquet lead to a whole greater than the sum of the parts. Best vintage of this in memory. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

PSI-2625. 17 RIOJA COSECHA LZ,, BODEGA LANZAGA
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: 17.99 each

PSI-2626. 12 RIOJA COSECHA LANZAGA, BODEGA LANZAGA
Both fresh fruit and barrel aging contributions. Best of both. Sweet and barrel mellowed./ Yes, savory barrel tones: both extracts and sojourn. More and fresher fruit retained than you'd experience in a crianza. Nice. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

PSI-2627. 11 RIOJA CRIANZA VINA CUBILLO, R. LOPEZ DE HEREDIA
Wine & Spirits 92; Parker 92: ‛It's not easy to follow a 2010, but the 2011 Vina Cubillo Tinto Crianza improves with time in the glass, showing much better than expected. 2011 was a warmer year than the 2010, and the wine is a little riper but has great balance and very good harmony. It's a noteworthy red for the price asked. Drink now-2025:‛
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

PSI-2628. 08 RIOJA RESERVA BOSCONIA, R. LOPEZ DE HEREDIA
2007: Parker 93: '2007 was a great year in Rioja and exceptional for Lopez de Heredia. The 2007 Vina Bosconia Reserva shows a little tannic, fulfilling the reputation for being a more rustic wine than Vina Tondonia. There are notes of chocolate-covered cherries and hints of forest floor. Maybe with a little more time in bottle? Drink now-2027. $45.'
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

PSI-2629. 07 RIOJA RESERVA BOSCONIA, R. LOPEZ DE HEREDIA
Parker 93: '2007 was a great year in Rioja and exceptional for Lopez de Heredia. The 2007 Vina Bosconia Reserva shows a little tannic, fulfilling the reputation for being a more rustic wine than Vina Tondonia. There are notes of chocolate-covered cherries and hints of forest floor. Maybe with a little more time in bottle? Drink now-2027. $45.'
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

PSI-2630. 08 RIOJA RESERVA VINA TONDONIA, R. LOPEZ DE HEREDIA
2007: Parker 96: ‛Following the appreciation of the 2007 vintage from Maria Jose Lopez de Heredia, the red 2007 Vina Tondonia Reserva is showing great, revealing unusual finesse and elegance. The nose is a little reticent but nuanced and complex, a little shy rather than explosive. The palate is medium-bodied, and the tannins are very refined. This has to be one of the finest vintages of Vina Tondonia Reserva of recent years. Drink now-2030.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 54.95 each

PSI-2631. 15 RIOJA RESERVA, MARQUES DE CACERES
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‛Cassis and raisin aromas announce a fully ripe, warm-year reserva with enough acidic kick on the palate to ensure balance. Blackberry and baked plum flavors benefit from said acidity, while finishing notes of cured beef and baked berry fruits confirm that this a ripe-style Rioja. Drink through 2024. $31.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2632. 12 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA, MARQUES DE CACERES
All tempranillo; aged in new French oak barrels two years' minimum. 2012 dark fruited and compact still. All proper at this point. With aeration, barrel influences come forth, both oak extracts and barrel-time bouquet formation./ More fruit plushness on the palate; the Rioja Baja sort. Barrel age, oak, and oak and fruit tannin each plays a role. A very satisfactory vintage of this that will reward cellaring. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

PSI-2633. 16 RIOJA CRIANZA ARIENZO, MARQUES DE RISCAL
14%; 95% tempranillo, 5% graciano; 18 months in American oak barrels. Good color saturation for a Rioja of this age./ Sweet fruited, yet with solidity, with form. The oak is well engaged. Looks like Riscal has finally learned how to make an appealing YOUNG red wine./ Proper crianza amalgam of fruit and oak. Fine fruit tannin. Well balanced in all respects. A sleeper. Kudos. The group had some detractors to the modern styling. Everyone agreed the price was right. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

PSI-2634. 13 RIOJA RESERVA, MARQUES DE RISCAL
At El Ciego in Alavesa; 96% tempranillo, 4% graciano; aged 2 years in American oak barrels. Sweet and gentle, uplifted Alavesa style of reserva. Alavesa is higher altitude than Rioja Alta and has a lot of sand./ Yes distinctly Alavesa and Riscal. The wines are not particularly demonstrative in 'youth', but oh how well they last and improve in the cellar. Full faith in this well balanced 2013. 92++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2635. 14 RIOJA CRIANZA CAMPEADOR, BODEGAS MARTINEZ LACUESTA
Rioja Alta, mostly grenache, 16 months in new American oak. Bit 14 shy on opening, but sweet enough fruit showing. It builds with aeration../ Yes, close but sweet. Needs more bottle age. 90+/100. Tasted late August 2018.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

PSI-2636. 10 RIOJA RESERVA, BODEGAS MARTINEZ LACUESTA
Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Fine aromas of brandied cherry, spiced plum and cool earth get this reserva from a great vintage off to an impressive start. A layered palate is lively but showing maturity, while this tastes of black currant, brown sugar and myriad spices. A peppery, chocolaty, dry finish is beyond nice; drink this well-priced overachiever through 2025.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2637. 12 RIOJA RESERVA, BODEGAS LEALTANZA
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How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2638. 10 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA, BODEGAS LEALTANZA
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How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

PSI-2639. 15 RIOJA CRIANZA, BODEGAS MONTECILLO
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How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2640. 15 RIOJA RESERVA FINCA YGAY, MARQUES DE MURRIETA
Parker 93; Wine Spectator 92 - SMART BUY: 'Cedar, tobacco, dried cherry and spice flavors mingle in this red. Features a polished texture, with well-integrated tannins and orange peel acidity. Supple, harmonious and graceful. Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha. Drink now through 2025.'
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

PSI-2641. 18 RIOJA COFRADE, BODEGAS DEL MEDIEVO
All tempranillo, 3 months in barrel. Pure tempranillo. Rich and good./ Light barrel taste, good barrel inpact. Deal. Rich and dark and all. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

PSI-2642. 16 RIOJA GARNACHA CRIANZA TUERCE BOTAS, BODEGAS DEL MEDIEVO
Decanter 95/100. Old vines. One year in French oak barrels. Very sweet garnacha fruit and barrel aged suavity./ Pure. Speaks for integrity of old vines Rioja garnacha, clearly understood by this bodega. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

PSI-2643. 17 RIOJA CRIANZA, BODEGAS DEL MEDIEVO
Tempranillo, garnacha, graciano, mazuelo. Wow, dark red violet color../ Deep, seductive, rich 2017 fruit presence dominates barrel aging effects the first evening. The second evening color and fruits turn even more purple, and the oak asserts itself a little more, while still subservient./ Yes, sweet fruit to the fore. Plenty of body and tannin. Oak present. Plenty of fine oak and fruit tannin. Good acid. Ample crianza texture. More barrel evidence adds additional complexity the second evening, more crianza fulfillment. Wow wine. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

PSI-2644. 16 RIOJA CRIANZA, BODEGAS DEL MEDIEVO
1 year in American oak barrels. 80% tempranillo, 10% each garnacha, graciano. Great color./ Fruit forward crianza with good oak framing./ Yes, fruit and oak beauties and balance. Suave and fresh both. Ideal. My style of crianza. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

PSI-2645. 14 RIOJA RESERVA, BODEGAS DEL MEDIEVO
2 years in American oak barrels. Dense, dark, and surly 14 style. Closed up fruit and oak./ Sweet fruit but 14 tannin. Good potential. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

PSI-2646. 12 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA, BODEGAS DEL MEDIEVO
90% tempranillo, 10% garnacha. 29 months in American oak barrels. 12 tough. Good oak and barrel time. Young./ 12 backward, correct and understandable. Tannic. Speaks for fine cellaring potential. 91++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2647. 15 RIOJA RESERVA, BODEGAS MUGA
Parker 92: ‛This was a very long harvest (similar to 2016). They started at the end of August with the Cava, and they finished at the end of October with very healthy grapes, good yields and very good quality. The wine shows very good ripeness but without any excess. It has incipient complexity, still young and undeveloped but with very good balance between power and elegance, with fine-grained tannins and integrated acidity. This has to be one of the best recent vintages of this popular bottling. Drink 2020-2027. $30.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

PSI-2648. 14 RIOJA RESERVA FINCAS DE LA VILLA, BODEGAS MURIEL
Wine Spectator 91: ‛This generous red offers a broad, dense texture, with well-integrated tannins and orange peel acidity. Fresh and dried cherry, bramble, tobacco and spicy flavors give this a traditional character. Balanced and lively. Drink now through 2026.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

PSI-2649. 18 RIOJA TEMPRANILLO, BODEGAS OBALO
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

PSI-2650. 16 RIOJA CRIANZA, RAMIREZ DE LA PISCINA
Wine & Spirits 91 - BEST BUY: 'A fresh 2016, this melds notes of crushed raspberries and woody rosemary and thyme stems with earthy limestone edges and tannins. It's simple, a bit short, but earthy and sophisticated while it lasts.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2651. 15 RIOJA LA VENDIMIA, BODEGAS PALACIOS REMONDO
Wine Spectator 92 - TOP 100 BEST VALUES: 'This red shows good density, with black cherry, plum, espresso and black olive flavors mingling over firm tannins and balsamic acidity. Stays balanced and focused through the smoky finish. Drink now through 2027. $17.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2652. 09 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA, BODEGAS RAMON BILBAO
90% tempranillo, 5% each mazuelo, graciano. Geez, deep and complicated. Multi-faceted barrel and bottle bouquets. Richness and ripeness of 2009. Barrel time over obvious oak extracts./ Sweet 2009 fruit balanced by good acid and light fruit and oak tannins. Very, very long finish. Deal. 94/100. List price: $40.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

PSI-2653. 08 RIOJA LA SENOBA, BODEGAS SENDERO ROYAL
No ullage. Cork barely stained.. Deep color./ It‛s showing plenty of bottle bouquet maturity nearly age twelve. The fruit remains vital./ Yes, totally suave and mellow. Dried fruits. Nutty patina. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

PSI-2654. 15 RIOJA CRIANZA, BODEGAS SIERRA CANTABRIA
Vinous 91: 'Aged in new and used French and American oak barrels. Vivid ruby. Smoke- and mineral-accented red berry preserve, cherry-cola and floral scents on the highly perfumed nose. Fleshy and concentrated in the mouth, offering energetic raspberry, cola and bitter chocolate flavors and an exotic, sweetening touch of vanilla. Shows excellent clarity and thrust on the long, smooth finish, which is framed by fine-grained, rounded tannins. Drink 2021-2028. $27.'
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2655. 13 RIOJA RESERVA, BODEGAS SIERRA CANTABRIA
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-2656. 09 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA, BODEGAS SIERRA CANTABRIA
Wine & Spirits 93: 'Full-on tempranillo, this takes Rioja toward dark-blue fruit and satin fatness. There's also Indian spice, like garam masala, roasted tomato and the dark savor of black trumpet mushrooms. The tannins are fully evolved, the wine still powerful but ready to drink, delicious with thick-cut lamb chops off the grill. $40.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

PSI-2657. 15 RIOJA TEMPRANILLO VENDIMIA SELECCIONADA, VINA HERMINIA
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: 11.99 each

PSI-2658. 17 RIOJA BLANCO MONOPOLE, CVNE
Fresh and fine expression of viura (100%)./ Fabulous flavor, juice, texture. Lasting. Yes! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2659. 15 RIOJA BLANCO MONOPOLE CLASICO, CVNE
Parker 92: 'The second vintage of the recovered traditional white, the 2015 Monopole Clásico is Viura with a good dollop of Manzanilla Sherry from Sanlucar that adds biological notes and hints of nuts and spices. 2015 is the best vintage in recent years, with good quality and quantity, quite homogeneous wines from an early harvest. This wine matured in well-seasoned, neutral 300-, 400- and 500-liter oak barrels for eight months and was then blended with the Manzanilla. This is the way Monopole was always produced decades ago. CVNE's classical winemaker, Ezequiel Garcia 'El Brujo,' died in August 2017, and they added a black band on a corner of the label as an homage to him. It's quite lean and at first you don't notice the biological aromas much; in wines like this that character tends to grow with time in bottle, and it does appear with time in the glass as the wine breathes. It's subtle and with some sharpness and chalky sensations on the palate, very tasty and long. This should develop nicely in bottle. Drink now-2025. $29.'
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

PSI-2660. 15 RIOJA VIURA COSECHA, FINCA ALLENDE
95% viura, 5% malvasia; unfined, unfiltered. Fabulous old style of white Rioja. Barrel aged. Some sulphur to blow off. Not a long term issue though./ Traditional grip. Barrel evolution. Keeper. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

PSI-2661. 18 RIOJA BLANCO, BODEGAS MUGA
90% viura, plus malvasia, garnacha blanca. Full young viura yellow fruits, with a malvasia aura of talc. Both rich and racy./ Yes, full indeed. This satisfies. Real body, fruit intensity, volume, and richness. One of the best vintages. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2662. 16 CAMPO DE BORJA VERATON, BODEGAS ALTO MONCAYO
Vinous 91: ‛Their more approachable wine is the 2016 Veraton, produced exclusively with Garnacha grapes from vines planted in the 1970s and 1980s and fermented with neutral yeasts and matured in new and second use French and American oak barrel for 16 months. This already sets the tone of the house style with plenty of spicy, toasty and smoky aromas, vanilla, coconut, cinnamon, a creamy touch and a round and lush palate with 15% alcohol, abundant tannins and pungent flavors, mostly oak related. It's clean and has a warm and long finish marked by the alcohol. It's difficult to see the variety with all this oak. For fans of ripe oaky reds. Drink now-2026. $32.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

PSI-2663. 13 CAMPO DE BORJA BEROLA, BODEGAS BORSAO
Parker 90: 'The outstanding 2013 Berola is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon with the Grenache from a vineyard planted in 1956, the Cabernet Sauvignon from a vineyard planted in 1990, and the Syrah from the youngest vines planted 15 years ago. The wine is fermented in stainless steel, but unlike the previous wines, the wine then spends ten months in a combination of French and American oak of which about 30% is new. This is a seriously endowed, full-bodied wine from Borsao with plenty of blackcurrant fruit, a touch of graphite and camphor, a luscious, nicely textured mid-palate and finish. The wine is pure, rich and impressive. Drink now-2018.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2664. 17 CAMPO DE BORJA GARNACHA TRES PICOS, BODEGAS BORSAO
Altogether big and powerful. Sweetness of old vines garnacha. Full; especially for the vintage./ Sweet fruit, coated acid. Young. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

PSI-2665. 14 CAMPO DE BORJA ZARIHS, BODEGAS BORSAO
Parker 91: ‛There is a new pure Syrah developed in conjunction with Australian winemaker Chris Ringland, first bottled in 2013, but I already tasted the 2014 Zarihs. It is produced with an Australian clone of the grape planted in Borja in 2002. Forty percent of the volume aged in new American oak barrels. It has a ripe and heady nose, very Ringland, deeply balsamic with meaty and roasted flavors, smoky and showy, with that patina of sweet spices lent by the American wood. This is full-bodied and juicy, a voluptuous Syrah with deep balsamic and roasted flavors. Borja with an Australian accent. Very good in its style and very good for the price asked. It should develop nicely in bottle for a few years.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

PSI-2666. 18 CAMPO DE BORJA GARNACHA CENTENARIA COTO DE HAYAS, BODEGAS ARAGONESAS
Wine Spectator 92 - BEST VALUE: ‛Rich and velvety, this red is big but gentle, with raspberry jam, cherry pie and vanilla flavors that caress the palate. Well-integrated tannins give subtle structure, while citrusy acidity keeps this fresh. Harmonious, in a ripe, fruit-centered style. Drink now through 2026. $16.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2667. 16 CAMPO DE BORJA GARNACHA GODINA, BODEGAS MORCA
16%. Enormous power, density, depth. Very, very bold, with sweet, ripe garnacha berry fruit. 15 months in French barrels, and the oak shows./ Rich, sweet, oaky, spiritous. The vineyard lies on limestone. As such, this bears resemblance to Chateauneuf du Pape Hauts des Terres Blanches. With an added oak dimension. Rich, big time tinto. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2668. 19 CALATAYUD GARNACHA HONORO VERA, BODEGAS ATECA
2018: That sweet DO garnacha approach that's won so many customers over the years. Good vintage of this./ Yes, properly ripe, succulent, and with fine acidity and light tannin for balance. Flavorful finish. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

PSI-2669. 16 CALATAYUD GARNACHA OLD VINES ATTECA, BODEGAS ATECA
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-2670. 19 ESPANA GARNACHA DE FUEGO, BODEGAS BRECA
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: 8.99 each

PSI-2671. 17 ESPANA GARNACHA OLD VINES, BODEGAS BRECA
2016: Vines up to 115 years old at 3300 feet elevation. Inky concentration. Seems younger than three years. Full bodied and forceful./ Big, with sweet feeling alcohol and glycerol. More material here than in the Breca Fuego. But more backward. Not tannic though, just packed in. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

PSI-2672. 18 CALATAYUD GARNACHA OLD VINES ALTOVINUM, EVODIA
2017: Parker 90: ‛The incredibly perfumed 2017 Evodia was true to its name, as apparently 'evodia' means fragrant in the ancient Greek language. It had been bottled for a few months when I tasted it and it was very harmonious and expressive. They have reduced quantities and raised the price a bit, going into a different segment of the market, definitely a better wine than what I tasted from 2016. It achieved almost 15% alcohol in 2017, one of the earliest harvests of the last 20 years after some spring frosts and a very dry summer. Only 20% of the volume matured in barrel, while the rest was kept in concrete vats for six months. It's very easy to drink, with unnoticeable tannins and a long, lingering finish. Super tasty and impressive for the price. $14.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

PSI-2673. 10 BAJO ARAGON TEMPRANILLO OLD VINE ESENZIA, BODEGAS TEMPORE
Ripe, mature, warm climate tempranillo./ Strong, dry, mature. Good acid, development, balance. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

PSI-2674. 19 CARINENA GARNACHA CASTILLO DE MONSERAN, BODEGAS SAN VALERO
Wood, slide top cases. That's the real deal: Carinena garnacha in an intense presentation. Nice to get a 'new' vintage of this./ Ripe, strong, black, and straight ahead uncomplicated. Moderate acidity. Deal. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

PSI-2675. 07 CATALUNYA GRAN RESERVA ALTOS D'OLIVA, BODEGA CIVINO
45% tempranillo, 40% cabernet sauvignon, 15% garnacha. Wonderful rich fruit and bottle bouquet savor. Deep, complex, and sweet fruited. Age has not dried it up a bit./ Nice combo of freshness and age. Not as advanced as the 2005. This will carry on. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

PSI-2676. 17 CATALUNYA MUSCAT ALEXANDRIA VINA ESMERALDA, TORRES
Crisp and dry, with delicately imparted muscat of alexandria aromatic profile. Spot on./ More forthcoming varietal character on the palate. Seville orange and marmalade. Dry, and well textured. Right. Summer treat. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2677. 19 PENEDES BLANCO CUVEE SELECTION GESSAMI, GRAMONA
Half sauvignon blanc, plus muscats frontignan and alexandria, and gewurztraminer. Vines 35-50 years old. Organically grown. What it intends to be. Sauvignon blanc grassiness to the fore, backed by floral and stone fruit aromas of the other players./ Super aromatic and delicious. Sauvignon acidity cuts through muscat richness and gewurz viscosity. Gewurz bitterness sweeps the palate clean at the end. Very popular with the group. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2678. 17 COSTERS DEL SEGRE VILOSELL, TOMAS CUSINE
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: 16.99 each

PSI-2679. 18 COSTERS DEL SEGRE LLEBRE, TOMAS CUSINE
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-2680. 17 MONTSANT BLAU, CELLER CAN BLAU
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: 14.99 each

PSI-2681. 17 MONTSANT CAN BLAU, CELLER CAN BLAU
40% mazuelo, 40% syrah, 20% garnacha. Richness and power, 17 fruit and lift. Wears its power well Fully compacted./ Strength, material, and grip. Mouthfilling. Wow, Mr. Big! 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

PSI-2682. 17 MONTSANT SELECCION MAS COLLET, CELLER DE CAPCANES
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. List price: $19.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

PSI-2683. 15 MONTSANT MAS DONIS BARRICA VINYES VELLES, CELLER DE CAPCANES
Parker 90: 'The 2015 Mas Donis Old Vines is the custom cuvee for the US market. It's mostly Garnacha with some Syrah fermented separately in stainless steel with some 50% full clusters followed by malolactic in concrete and bottled after 80% of the wine matured in French oak barrels for nine months. There is ripe fruit and little wood here, it's aged in older barrels and they are trying to make it even fresher; starting in 2016 they fermented with some full clusters. Of course, 2015 is a warm and dry vintage, and the wine shows the character of the year, in a nice way, with peachy and floral rather than pruney aromas. It's a very good value, and it's also juicy and approachable and serious enough for more sophisticated consumers. Drink now-2020.'
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

PSI-2684. 15 MONTSANT GARNATXES LA NIT SLATE, CELLER DE CAPCANES
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.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

PSI-2685. 14 MONTSANT ZERRAN, BODEGAS ORDONEZ
Vinous 91: 'fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged for ten months in used French oak barriques): Opaque purple. Fresh black and blue fruit aromas are sharpened by a smoky mineral nuance and a sexy flourish of fresh lavender. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering juicy boysenberry flavors and a jolt of enlivening minerality. Finishes silky, precise and very long, with lingering florality and harmonious tannins. There's pretty remarkable value here. 2017-2022. $17.'
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

PSI-2686. 17 PRIORAT ONA MAS DE BILLO, CELLER CECILIO
40% garnatxa, 40% syrah, 20% carinyena in llicorella schist at Grattalops; unoaked. The fascinations of Priorat: so many terroirs and noble grape variety combos. I appreciate the unwooded approach here. It puts grapes and terroir to the fore. A beautiful spread and concentration of all three varieties' strengths. In a word: complex./ The sweet fruit is on full display in the revealing 2017 vintage. Good acid, fine grained tannin. Managed force. No reason not to put this right to use with hearty winter fare. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

PSI-2687. 16 PRIORAT GINE Y GINE, BUIL Y GINE
Wine & Spirits 92: ‛Buil & Gine's entry-level Priorat blends 40 percent garnacha and 60 percent carinena from vineyards throughout the region. It's exuberant and expansive, with notes of black pepper and black fruits. It feels imposing, generously ripe with soft touches of slate. This is the wine you need for baby lamb chops. $26.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

PSI-2688. 17 PRIORAT, LA CARTUJA
70% garnacha, 30% mazuelo. Power packed, insistent. Sweet fruit concentration plus oak. Big framework./ Yes, huge material, power, intensity of bright fruit flavors. Full textured. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

PSI-2689. 19 PRIORAT SERRAS DEL PRIORAT, CLOS FIGUERAS
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-2690. 17 PRIORAT SERRAS DEL PRIORAT, CLOS FIGUERAS
51% garnacha, 31% carignan, 12% syrah, 6% cab sauv; aged 7 months in French oak barrels. Oh, boy, Priorat to the max. And this is just the basic cuvee of Christopher Canaan's estate. Total fruit, spice, scorch, and power./ Sweet, full, broad, deep. Smooth and well balanced. The nose is even more adventuresome than the palate at this stage. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

PSI-2691. 16 PRIORAT FONT DE LA FIGUERA, CLOS FIGUERAS
2015: Wine & Spirits 94/100. My notes: 15%. Deep, rich, oaky, ripe, and totally together. Awesome./ Sweet, well filled. Good power and presence, complexity, breadth and depth. Luxurious. Very finely burnished tannins. Together. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

PSI-2692. 12 PRIORAT CLOS FIGUERES, CLOS FIGUERAS
Wine Spectator 93: 'Black cherry, mountain herb and spice flavors mingle with notes of mineral and loamy earth in this graceful, energetic red. Balanced, with well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. Finishes fresh and floral. Drink now through 2022.'
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

PSI-2693. 19 PRIORAT BLANCO SERRAS DEL PRIORAT, CLOS FIGUERAS
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.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

PSI-2694. 16 PRIORAT CLOS DE TAFALL, CLOS BERENGUER
Grenache, carignan, cabernet. Powerful, concentrated, intense, fruitful, thorough./ Dry and forceful on the approach. Then alcohol and glycerol form a smoothness. Just another Priorat overachiever. Great acid and abundant fruit. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2695. 14 PRIORAT, CLOS MOGADOR
Parker 98: 'The blend of the top-of-the-range and flagship red changes with the vintage. The 2014 Clos Mogador is 49% Garnacha, 25% Carinena, 16% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from the vineyard that names the wine (and the winery), planted on llicorella slate soils at 350 meters in altitude. Eighty percent of the vines are 25 to 35 years old. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and had a 35- to 45-day maceration, followed by an elevage in 300-liter barrels and 2,000-liter foudres that lasted 18 months. They introduced oak foudres in 2011, which is the big change, and they use less and less barriques now. They are also using more and more Carinena and Garnacha, but it depends on the vintage. All of the more recent wines have less tannins from the oak and less Cabernet Sauvignon, and they feel more elegant and balanced. There is great harmony on the palate, with very fine tannins and a velvety texture with great seriousness. This will develop at a very slow pace in bottle. They picked the grapes before the rains, and it's a concentrated year with nice extract but very good acidity. Drink 2018-2032.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

PSI-2696. 16 PRIORAT PETIT PISSARRES, COSTERS DEL PRIORAT
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-2697. 15 PRIORAT SELECIO ESPECIAL VINYES VELLES, FERRER BOBET
Carignan, grenache. 2015 rich, ripe, powerful, and well along in bouquet development. Time in cooperage has played a role in both complexity and advancement./ Large and traditional. The full integrity of these varietals in the Priorat setting. Up to expectations, fully. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

PSI-2698. 17 PRIORAT BLACK SLATE LA VILELLA ALTA VI DE LA VILA, MAS ALTA
2016: Wine Spectator 93 - SMART BUY: 'This generous red features a round, soft texture that carries ripe black fruit flavors, laced with licorice, toast and loamy earth notes. Offers well-integrated tannins and gentle acidity. Pretty floral and cinnamon details emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2028. $23.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2699. 17 PRIORAT BLACK SLATE PORRERA, MAS D'EN COMPTE
2016: Parker 92: ‛The village red 2016 Black Slate Porrera is a blend of 50% Garnacha, 40% Carinena and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from a balanced year. It fermented in stainless steel and concrete vats with selected yeasts and matured in 225- and 300-liter oak barrels for 12 months. The nose is somewhat reminiscent of a classical Cornas-meaty and a bit wild, with a strong granite-like sensation (even if the soil is slate and so is the name of the wine!). It's a big wine but has the kind of freshness you can get with the low pH in Priorat if you don't over-ripen, over-extract and over-oak... So, it can be done, as you can see here. Drink now-2022. $25.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2700. 15 PRIORAT BLACK SLATE ESCALADEI VI DE LA VILA, LA CONRERIA D' SCALA DEI
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-2701. 18 PRIORAT CAMINS DEL PRIORAT, ALVARO PALACIOS
40% garnacha, 30% carignan, 30% cabernet sauvignon and syrah. Sweet and concentrated, bright and powerful./ In tune. Fruity. Low tannin. Sweet. Good, bitter, dark fruit background. Put it to use. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

PSI-2702. 17 PRIORAT LES TERRASSES VELLES VINYES, ALVARO PALACIOS
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-2703. 17 PRIORAT CEPS NOUS, CELLER PASANAU GERMANS
Wine & Spirits 90: ‛After phylloxera, Juan Pasanau recovered vineyards near the village of La Morera de Montsant, located at the foot of the Montsant mountains, at 2,440 feet in altitude. His grandson, Ricard, now owns the property, which he farms organically. His Ceps Nous feels rugged in its peppery red fruit and tannic intensity, ready to serve with barbecued meats and a side of vinegar sauce.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

PSI-2704. 14 PRIORAT GARBINADA, SANGENIS I VAQUE
45% each garnacha, carinena; 10% syrah. Reduced to start. Good Priorat structure. Aromatics revealed after aeration./ Some sense of youthful reduction again. Regardless, this has material and balance. Real promise. Juicy finish. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2705. 14 PRIORAT DARA, SANGENIS I VAQUE
45% each mazuela, garnacha; 10% merlot; 12 months in French & American oak barrels. Very cool, minty, fresh. Hides its alcohol well./ Fresh, upbeat. 2014 cool and joyous. Ah, the diversity of Priorat. 'Dara' means 'now'. It's apropos. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2706. 14 PRIORAT CLOS LA RAE, TERRA SANCTUS
60% garnatxa, 30% syrah, 10% carinena. 15 months is French oak. Wood and barrel time. Priorat stature and structure./ Dry and full and strong at 14%, and young. 2014 black. Sweet fruit finish. Will reward cellaring.. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2707. 18 TERRA ALTA GARNATXA NEGRA, HERENCIA ALTES
2017: Vinous 90: 'Vivid ruby. Vibrant, spice-accented dark berry and violet scents show very good clarity and pick up a mineral nuance with aeration. Juicy, focused and lithe on the palate, offering appealingly sweet boysenberry and cherry flavors that deepen steadily through the back half. Shows strong intensity and sharp definition on a long, floral-tinged finish that's given shape by silky, even tannins. Drink 2019-2024. $13.' From vines planted in 1915.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

PSI-2708. 18 TERRA ALTA GARNATXA NEGRA, EDETARIA
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-2709. 17 MANCHUELA BOBAL OLD VINES, 11 PINOS
Vines averaging 80 years. Oh, incredible aromatic intensity and spread attributable to old vines. Sweet black fruit that's bobal at its best./ Round, deep, inviting fruit creme flavor and feel. So generous. All you can derive from humble bobal. Best vintage yet. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2710. 17 MADRID GARNACHA CAMINO DE NAVAHERREROS, BODEGAS BERNABELEVA
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-2711. 17 VINO DE MONTANA SIERRA DE GREDOS Y GATA VINEDOS VIEJOS, PENINSULA VINICULTORES
60% garnacha, 30% pinuela, 10% rufete. Vines 60-90 years old, at 2500-3000 feet. Yields under two tons per acre. 14.5%. Sweet grenache leads the way, beautifully articulated. I'm sure the others are part of this perfectly poised and confident aromatic presentation./ More than just grenache on the palate. Floral top notes. Additional flavor and texture contributions of pinuela and rufete, although I can't pinpoint their characteristics. Wears its power well. There's no heat. A worthwhile undertaking, I'd venture. The group agreed, and also deemed it a good value. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2712. 18 CASTILLA TEMPRANILLO CARBONIC, MAS QUE VINOS CONEJOS MALDITOS
Dark, deep, and dry take on tempranillo not often shown in this part of Spain. If it's carbonic, it's also winey rather than Nouveau like./ Dry and rather two dimensional, with some carbonic superficiality. There's adequate textural foundation though. Pleasing and useful. Good acidity for food. Though my score for this is exactly the same as before, the impressions are really quite different. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

PSI-2713. 18 CASTILLA PASO A PASO, VOLVER
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

PSI-2714. 18 CASTILLA CODICE, DOMINIO DE EGUREN
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

PSI-2715. 18 CASTILLA PROTOCOLO TINTO, DOMINIO DE EGUREN
The usual ripe, rich, generous, hearty stuff./ Yes, full of rich, ripe fruit. In tune with the series. On the second evening, even more aromatic and textural dimensions. Bargain hunters will be pleased. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each

PSI-2716. 19 LA MANCHA TEMPRANILLO, BODEGAS VENTA MORALES
The usual frank and forceful display here. No pretension, just generosity./ Dryness tempered by glycerol, which gives it a sweet mouthfeel. Power, concentration, extract, and tannin, all. A lot of tempranillo for the money. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each

PSI-2717. 15 LA MANCHA ALCEO TEMPRANILLO FAMILIA BASTIDA
Nice La Mancha work. Cool and lifted. Varietal character and freshness of a northern wine./ Great acid. US and French oak. Vanillin and expansion from barrel aging. Well crafted. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

PSI-2718. 16 LA MANCHA PARAJE DE TITOS GARNACHA, FAMILIA BASTIDA
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.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2719. 18 LA MANCHA TEMPRANILLO OLD VINES SINGLE VINEYARD, BODEGAS VOLVER
2016: Strong and straightforward. Deep and dense./ Rich and mouthfilling, with more flavor than aroma interest. Size matters. Not muscle-bound though. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2720. 13 VALDEPENAS TEMPRANILLO RESERVA ANCIANO 5 YEARS, BODEGAS NAVALON
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.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

PSI-2721. 07 VALDEPENAS TEMPRANILLO GRAN RESERVA 10 YEARS ANCIANO, BODEGAS NAVALON
2 years in barrel, 8 years in bottle. Mellow barrel and bottle development. All hangs together so well./ Yes, oak vanillin and sweet fruit persist through the years, and the overall smoothness of good aging makes for an accomplished wine for current service. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2722. 18 UTIEL-REQUENA BOBAL VIVADOR, BODEGAS ARRAEZ
As colorful as the label. Very sweet, round, giving, modern. Bravo./ Yeah, sweet and round but also tart fruit. Cranberry, red currant. Unbelievable adventure. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

PSI-2723. 17 UTIEL-REQUENA BOBAL, VERA DE ESTENAS
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-2724. 19 ALMANSA LAYA, BODEGAS ATALAYA
70% garnacha tintorera, 30% monastrell. Oh, lush, rich, fruity, generous, deep./ Full fruit, power, balance, and lots of acid race. Exemplary new wave Almansa. Carries long on the finish. Wow. By the second day, this had swollen up into a monstrous mouthful of Almansa. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

PSI-2725. 15 ALMANSA LA ATALAYA DEL CAMINO, BODEGAS ATALAYA
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-2726. 18 JUMILLA MONASTRELL, BODEGAS HIJOS DE JUAN GIL
2017: All monastrell (mourvedre) barrel aged 12 months. Rich, concentrated, powerful, and full of black plum aroma of mourvedre. Top ripeness for this varietal, with zero raisin,./ Yes, great strength and intensity. Very large wine for hearty fare. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

PSI-2727. 18 JUMILLA BLUE LABEL, JUAN GIL
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.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

PSI-2728. 17 JUMILLA MONASTRELL ALTOS DE LA HOYA FINCA HOYA DE SANTA ANA, BODEGAS OLIVARES
2015: Deep, intense black fruits. Both extract and creme./ Yes, both, and plenty of black fruit flavor. Fine tannin, balance, acid, all. 15 rich. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2729. 13 YECLA BARRICA BARAHONDA, SENORIO DE BARAHONDA
Nice and sweet and in form. Reads, monastrell, barrica, zone, all. All talk well together./ Sweet, juicy monastrell fruit. Good acid. Barrel aged but not overly woody. Well put together and representative of the region. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2730. 18 YECLA MONASTRELL, CASTANO
2016: High altitude vineyards on limestone. Sweet and spicy and soaring. Good year for this. No roti, no jammy fruit. Fresh, cool, peppery mourvedre./ Again, a fine take on mourvedre, full of purple fruit and cracked pepper. Fine balance of sweetness and acidity. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

PSI-2731. 16 YECLA ALCARIA, CASTANO
60% monastrell, 25% syrah, 15% garnacha tinterora. Sweet, savory, fruity, strong/ House style. Good acid too. Smooth finish. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

PSI-2732. 16 YECLA SOLANERA VINAS VIEJAS, BODEGAS CASTANO
2015: Parker 92: 'The 2015 Solanera used to wear the ultimate Spanglish label, which said 'Vinas Viejas of Monastrell' even if it was always a blend (in this vintage, the blend includes 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Garnacha Tintorera). The revamped 2015 has a completely different label that only keeps the 'vinas viejas' moniker. In this wine, from the joint venture with U.S. importer Eric Solomon that started in 1999, they used part of full clusters and sourced the grapes from Casa Marta, a nine-hectare, head-pruned, dry-farmed plot on very stony soils in the north of Yecla at the foot of the Mount Arabi. It fermented in concrete vats and open-top barrels and matured in barrique, each variety separately, for some ten months, after which it was blended and bottled. This is the vintage of the big change in this wine, where, as with the majority of its siblings, there is better balance and more integrated oak, more freshness and better balance. The nose is quite captivating, especially after some time in the glass, when it starts developing some floral aromas, perfect ripeness, no warmth or alcohol and a powerful, yet terribly balanced palate with concentration and elegance, fine-grained tannins and clean, focused flavors. This is my favorite Solanera to date. $18.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

PSI-2733. 16 ALICANTE MONASTRELL TREMENDA, ENRIQUE MENDOZA
Parker 92/100. My notes: 30 year old vineyard at 2000'. 6 months in once and twice used French oak barrels. Sweet southern mourvedre. Deep and tart boysenberry./ Yes, sweet southern mourvedre all the way. Sweet, large, brimful of generosity. Long, floral, complex aftertaste. Wants food. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

PSI-2734. 15 ALICANTE MONASTRELL-PETIT VERDOT VERMADOR, BODEGA DE PINOSO
Comes on big and strong. Gives, gives, gives. What a deal!/ Smooth, fruity, well balanced. Has it all. 91/100. List price: $14.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

PSI-2735. 18 ALICANTE MONASTRELL MO, BODEGAS SIERRA SALINAS
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: 10.99 each

PSI-2736. 16 ALICANTE MIRA SALINAS, BODEGAS SIERRA SALINAS
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-2737. 18 ALICANTE MONASTRELL TARIMA, BODEGAS VOLVER
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-2738. 16 ALICANTE MONASTRELL TARIMA HILL, BODEGAS VOLVER
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-2739. 18 ALICANTE TARIMA MEDITERRANEO BLANCO, BODEGAS VOLVER
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

PSI-2740. 14 MALAGA BOTANI VICTORIA #2, JORGE ORDONEZ half bottle
Parker 95: 'An absolutely amazing, decadent, luxurious sweet wine, made from 100% Moscatel de Alexandria, the 2014 Botani Victoria #2 comes from the estate's oldest 50-year-old vines and, according to Jorge Ordonez, it takes 17 pounds of grapes to make one 375-milliliter bottle of this elixir. Truly great stuff, it has loads of honeysuckle, caramelized tropical fruits, hints of maple syrup and brown sugar. The wine is rich, fragrant with plenty of flowery notes intermixed with wet pebble-like minerality. It is full-bodied and unctuously textured, but has enough acidity to balance the sweet, rich texture. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2741. MALAGA ANEJO LOTE 01/10 GADEA, BODEGAS HOJIBLANCA half liter
15%; pedro ximenez; aged in seasoned American oak barrels. Raisin, prune, scorched fruit. Not a sticky PX./ Good sweetness. Plum, brown sugar, mango chutney. First Malaga I've tasted from this Jerez/Montilla grape variety. Different from the others. I like it. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

PSI-2742. 18 MALLORCA NEGRE SINCRONIA, MESQUIDA MORA
Deep, dark essence of black cherry. Pitchy concentration. Unique./ Palate lets up on the pedal a little. Still, this is intense stuff, with well managed tannin, so it makes a balanced presentation. I'm sure it's age-worthy. I'm curious about what sort of bouquet it will achieve. Very popular with the group. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

PSI-2743. 19 MALLORCA SINCRONIA BLANC, MESQUIDA MORA
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-2744. 19 TENERIFE YCODEN-DAUTE-ISORA BENJE ENVINATE, VITICULTORES DE SANTIAGO DEL TEIDE Y ENVINATE
Canary Is.; all listan pietro, untrained, 70-100 yrs old. Unique and wide ranging aromatic array of herbs and spices. With deep seated, ripe red fruit basis./ Palate equally complex and entertaining. Full body and texture, while retaining a cool disposition. Tired of same old - same old? Give this a whirl. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

PSI-2745. 19 BINISSALEM - MALLORCA NEGRE, CA'N VERDURA
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

PSI-2746. 19 BINISSALEM - MALLORCA MOLL SUPERNOVA, CA'N VERDURA
From bush trained moll vines planted in the 1950s. This is brisk, with an underbrush aspect like a muscadet, but its own thing, really. Fills the nostrils, texturally. Not abundantly fruity, so very versatile./ More about feel than flavor. Satisfying in that regard. This has a lot of dry extract and considerable weight. Unique. After an hour or two‛s aeration, this developed some stone fruit aroma and flavor. Wisp of horehound. Seems ageworthy. It impressed the group. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each


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