Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial 2017

 

Produced from a selection of the best grapes from Abadia Retuerta’s vineyards, this deep coloured, complex red combines the richness of Tempranillo, the elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon and the strength of Syrah. The nose is fresh and vibrant, full of ripe black and red fruits combined with lingering notes of balsamic, liquorice and sweet oak wood. The full bodied, creamy palate is structured by smooth tannins, juicy ripe fruits and a hint of cedar. 2011 was one of Abadía Retuerta’s best ever vintages, delivering a style of wine that can be drunk with pleasure right now or left to develop further complexities over the next few years.

 

Grape: 75% Tempranillo 15% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Other

Region: Vina de la Tierra de Castilla y León

Abv: 14.5%

Size: 75cl

Price: £33.95 per bottle

Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial

Ramon Bilbao Monte Llano Tinto 2018

 

Red violet colour, with purple hues. On the nose the wine leaves subtle aromas of ripe fruits (blackcurrants, raspberries). On the palate it is fresh, structured and very fruity.

 

Grape: 100% Tempranillo 

Region: Rioja

Abv: 14%

Size: 75cl

Price: £10.45 per bottle

Ramon Bilbao Monte Llano Tinto

Ribera del Dureo Pesquera Crianza 2018

 

Made by the fantastic winemaker, Alejandro Fernandez who has been a major contributor to the success of Ribera del Duero wines in recent years. This oaked red wine is made from 100% Tempranillo (Tinta del Pais) grapes from 40-year-old vines, and aged for 18 months in oak. Bright ruby red, it has smokey, leathery aromas followed by black fruits and spicy notes on the palate. Firm silky tannins with integated oak spice and a refined elegant finish.

 

Grape: 100% Tempranillo 

Region: Ribera del Duero

Abv: 14.5%

Size: 75cl

Price: £24.85 per bottle

Ribera del Dureo Pesquera Crianza

Ribera del Dureo Pesquera Reserve 2016/2017

 

Alejandro Fernandez set up Pesquera Bodega in Ribera del Duero in 1972 and has gone on to produce some of the regions best wines. Attractive ripe cherry colour with lively ruby coloured glints. An elegant wine with a velvety mouthfeel and an abundance of aromatic nuances and black fruits such as damson, blackcurrant and blueberries. There are hints of well seasoned fruit, rich hints of cocoa and vanilla. A complex wine which reveals many layers to this wine and an incredibly long finish.

 

Grape: 100% Tempranillo 

Region: Ribera del Duero

Abv: 14%

Size: 75cl

Price: £35.85 per bottle

Ribera del Dureo Pesquera Reserve

Hacienda El Ternero Reserve 2011

 

Hacienda el Ternero have made this fantastically concentrated Reserva from a blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo. They create barrels just for this wine from French oak which have had a special toast for 26 minutes to impart the desired flavour. Concentrated black fruits and chocolate on the nose. The palate is full bodied with blackberries, black olives, dark chocolate, balsamic and wild herb notes. Grippy tannins balanced with the fresh acidity which is a characteristic of the area.

 

Grape: 95% Tempranillo 5% Mazuelo

Region: Rioja

Abv: 14%

Size: 75cl

Price: £26.55 per bottle

Haciendael Ternero Reserve

Tierra de Los Santos 'Seleccion Especial' 2017

 

This superb Garnacha from the Extremadura area of Spain has intense bramble fruit aromas on the nose. The palate is supple and round with delicious sweet blackberry, cherry and plum notes combined with chocolate and a herbal character. Chewy tannins and a fresh acidity give structure to the wine which finishes long and fruity.

 

Grape: 100% Garnacha

Region: Extremadura

Abv: 13.5%

Size: 75cl

Price: £9.65 per bottle

Tierra de Los Santos Seleccion Especial

Bodegas y Vinedos Monfil 2019/2020

 

Made from 35 year old vines in Carinena, this is an elegant wine with a prominence of concentrated black fruit aromas on the nose. A classic Garnacha, bursting full of blackcurrants, blackberries and plum. The palate is velvety and smooth with silky tannins and exceptional length.

 

Grape: 100% Garnacha

Region: Carinena

Abv: 13.5%

Size: 75cl

Price: £9.85 per bottle

Monfil Old Vine Garnacha

Pardo Bodgeas LaOsa 2016

 

Intense ruby and garnet colour. At first the aromas is full of powerful fruit but then develops into toasted notes, dried fruit and spices. On the palate it is silky, medium-bodied yet powerful with a fresh mineral finish.

 

Grape: 100% Mencia

Region: Bierzo

Abv: 13.5%

Size: 75cl

Price: £23.45 per bottle

Pardo Mencia Bodgeas LaOsa

Finca Amalia 2018

 

Intense aroma of ripe fruit, peach and plum compotes with spicy and toasted notes. Perfect balance of fruit and tannins. Full bodied, complex and flavoursome with a long, persistent finish.

 

Grape: 100% Tempranillo

Region: Rioja

Abv: 13%

Size: 75cl

Price: £13.15 per bottle

Finca Amalia

Franck Massard El Brindis DO 2018

 

Clear lively ruby colour wine. Its intriguing contrast between the somewhat “reserved” tones of the Carignan grape variety and a vibrant combination of red berries and Mediterranean herbs such as thyme and Timut pepper can be appreciated. Seductive palate with polished tannins, juicy freshly squeezed blackberries fragrance and a whiff of juniper berries.

 

Grape: 60% Carinena 40% Garnacha  

Region: Montsant

Abv: 14%

Size: 75cl

Price: £15.75 per bottle

Franck Massard El Brindis DO Montsant

Fincas de Azabache 2017/2018

 

The Aldeanueva winery in the heart of Rioja is well known for its wines. A vibrant, unoaked and supple red, made exclusively from Tempranillo grapes grown in the dry Baja region of Rioja. This plummy, soft seductive wine exhibits typical Tempranillo character of red fruits such as cherry, raspberry and plum with notes of liquorice and finishes soft and rounded.

 

Grape: 100% Garnacha 

Region: Rioja

Abv: 14%

Size: 75cl

Price: £9.75 per bottle

Fincas de Azabache Garnacha Tinto

Hacienda El Ternero Torno Crianza 2015

 

The name `Torno` stems from the old Monastery; the monks would place food and clothing onto the base of a rotating door which they would turn 'torno' so that the people outside could get to them without looking out. 100% Tempranillo, this fantastic Crianza was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels before resting in bottle. The nose is perfumed with violets and cherries. The palate is fresh and structured with notes of black fruits with spices and hints of caramel from the oak influence on the finish.

 

Grape: 100% Tempranillo 

Region: Rioja

Abv: 13.5%

Size: 75cl

Price: £14.35 per bottle

Hacienda El Ternero Torno Rioja Crianza

Bodegas Taron 2019

 

This supple and fruity red from Bodegas Taron is made from 100% Tempranillo. Bright ruby red in colour with fresh black fruits on the nose. The palate is juicy with lots cherry, plum and bramble fruit flavours combined with a fresh acidity, soft tannins and a long, fruity finish.

 

Grape: 100% Tempranillo 

Region: Rioja

Abv: 13%

Size: 75cl

Price: £10.55 per bottle

Bodegas Taron Tempranillo Rioja

Fincas de Azabache Gran Reserva 2007/2012

 

This excellent Gran Reserva Rioja is selected from the best vineyards from an exceptional year. The blend includes 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and 10% Graciano, which has been softened by three years in oak and three more in bottle before release. It shows supple, velvety rich fruit flavours with complex spice and vanilla notes from its period in oak that linger well into the finish.

 

Grape: 70% Tempranillo 20% Garnacha 10% Graciano

Region: Rioja

Abv: 14%

Size: 75cl

Price: £20.95 per bottle

Azabache Gran Reserva

La Rioja Alta S.A. Gran Reserva 904 2011

La Rioja Alta doesn't do things by halves. This '904' Gran Reserva is only bottled in excellent years. It's not uncommon for three years to go by without a vintage. Every grape is picked and sorted by hand. The wine ages for four years in American oak barrels, which are all made by hand at the winery.

 

Grape: 89% Tempranillo 11% Graciano

Region: Rioja

Abv: 13.5%

Size: 75cl

Price: £58.65 per bottle

La Rioja Alta S.A. Gran Reserva 904

Juan Gil Silver Label 2018

Warm, elegant red, brimming with ripe currants and crème de cassis, the nose a fine blend of smoke and spice.

 

Grape: 100% Monastrell

Region: Jumilla

Abv: 15%

Size: 75cl

Price: £20.15 per bottle

Juan Gil Silver Label Monastrell

Ramon Bilbao Reserva 2015

Elegant, sophisticated Rioja, packed with blackberries and scented with cedar, leather and spice.

 

Grape: 90% Tempranillo 5% Mazuelo 5% Graciano

Region: Rioja

Abv: 14%

Size: 75cl

Price: £22.25 per bottle

Ramon Bilbao Reserva

La Rioja Alta Viña Arana Gran Reserva 2014

The Viña Arana Gran Reserva shows that character, because it is ripe and concentrated but also balanced and elegant with fresh acids. In the nose we smell notes of undergrowth, wet forest floor, herbs and smoke, leather and the Arana Gran Reserva is very recognizable as Rioja. It is clean, aromatic and open. Very pleasant and approachable, with enough grip to gastronomically stand its ground.

 

Grape: Mazuelo Tempranillo  

Region: Rioja

Abv: 13.5%

Size: 75cl

Price: £37.25 per bottle

La Rioja Alta Viña Arana Gran Reserva

Care Crianza 2017

Rich, powerful Merlot-Tempranillo blend, with flavours of red and black fruit and spicy aromas.

 

Grape: 70% Tempranillo 30% Merlot   

Region: Cariñena

Abv: 14.5%

Size: 75cl

Price: £12.75 per bottle

Care Crianza

Camins del Priorat Álvaro Palacios 2019

Black plum colour. Aromas of licorice, currants and blackberries.Supple and velvety on the attack, the wine offers a gorgeous ripe blueberry, fig, and blackcurrant fruit accented by notes of dark roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Fine tannins emerge on the wine’s back-palate. Long, spicy, licorice-tinged finish.

 

Grape: Garnacha Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon Cariñena Merlot   

Region: Priorat

Abv: 14.5%

Size: 75cl

Price: £27.85 per bottle

Camins del Priorat Álvaro Palacios

Vega Reserva Rioja 2015

This is where we begin to see more complexity of flavour. The nose has aromas of freshly picked berry fruits with a lovely hint of sweet vanilla. The palate is more intense in flavour with plum, blackcurrant leaf and tobacco aromas. Great balance and wonderful length on the finish.

 

Grape: 85% Tempranillo 10% Graciano 5% Mazuelo  

Region: Rioja

Abv: 13.5%

Size: 75cl

Price: £18.85 per bottle

Vega Reserva Rioja

Dominio de Punctum 

The cherry red colour with a hint of purple, the aroma is deliciously raspberry and has a light toast brought by oak ripening. A balanced and high-quality whole, the nuances of which keep you interested until the end.

 

Grape: 100% Syrah  

Region: Castilla La Mancha

Abv: 13%

Size: 75cl

Price: £15.95 per bottle

Dominio de Punctum Syrah

El Zafiro Extremadura Tinto 2017/2018 

From the high Sierras of southwestern Spain this inspired blend combines the cherry and strawberry fruit character of the local Tempranillo with the spice and structure of Shiraz. Fresh and focussed young fruit lends vigour to a mid-weight palate that is supple and balanced.

 

Grape: 80% Tempranillo 20% Shiraz  

Region: Extremadura

Abv: 13.5%

Size: 75cl

Price: £8.45 per bottle

El Zafiro Extremadura Tinto

Clos Pons Alges 2013 

From the high Sierras of southwestern Spain this inspired blend combines the cherry and strawberry fruit character of the local Tempranillo with the spice and structure of Shiraz. Fresh and focussed young fruit lends vigour to a mid-weight palate that is supple and balanced.

 

Grape: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Syrah  

Region: Extremadura

Abv: 14.5%

Size: 75cl

Price: £18.75 per bottle

Clos Pons Alges

Bodegas Abanico Hazana Reserva 2013 

Dark and limpid red. aromas of ripe fruit or compote, notes snuff, toast. The same aromas of the nose, soft, velvety structure and character. Final with a fine acidity, still very nice wine.

Grape: Tempranillo  

Region: Rioja

Abv: 13%

Size: 75cl

Price: £21.45 per bottle

Bodegas Abanico Hazana Reserva

Telmo Rodriguez Al-Muvedre Tinto 2018 

Blackish purple colour, aromas of eucalyptus and black fruits prevail. In the mouth, the medium-bodied palate belies the wine’s dark appearance; as fresh flavours of mint, currant and pomegranate highlight the palate. The finish is long and slightly grippy.

Grape: Mourvèdre  

Region: Alicante

Abv: 13.5%

Size: 75cl

Price: £17.25 per bottle

Telmo Rodriguez Al-Muvedre Tinto

Pasos de la Capula 2019 

This Tempranillo from Pasos de la Capula is nothing short of a treat. It is so approachable, soft yet rich and ripe with deep concentration of soft berry fruit flavours and gentle tannins with a touch of spice. A very quaffable wine indeed.

Grape: Tempranillo  

Region: Castilla La Mancha

Abv: 13%

Size: 75cl

Price: £14.35 per bottle

Pasos de la Capula Tempranillo

Cather Roble 2018 

The wine receives 6 months ageing in a combination of French (for spicy flavours) and American (for vanilla flavours) oak barrels. Textbook Ribera del Duero...on the nose there is a backdrop of cherry and plums with added spice and leather. On the palate it is a medium to full-bodied, silky smooth style.

Grape: Tempranillo  

Region: Ribera del Duero

Abv: 14%

Size: 75cl

Price: £14.35 per bottle

Cather Roble Tempanillo

Hazana Joven 2018 

This Joven is bright ruby red in colour, with pronounced toast and vanilla on the nose, on account of having spent six months in the new French and American oak barrels. The palate delivers sweet berry fruit flavour, all kept in check with a freshness on the finish.

Grape: Tempranillo  

Region: Rioja

Abv: %

Size: 75cl

Price: £16.95 per bottle

Hazana Rioja Joven

Herencia Altes Cupatage 2019 

The three varieites are picked at different times, first the Syrah, then Garnatxa and finally the Cariñena. Inviting fruit of black berries and tones of violets arise from the glass. There is a refreshing acidity that takes the structure and complexity of the ‘cupage’ of the many different varieties until the end of the tasting pallet. A seriously fruity sensation to be enjoyed with grilled meat of all sorts and good company.

Grape: Syrah Carignan Garnatxa Negra  

Region: Terra Alta

Abv: 14%

Size: 75cl

Price: £15.95 per bottle

Herencia Altes Cupatage

Bodegas Navarrsotillo Qvinto Arrio Crianza 2017 

The Qvinto Arrio Crianza is aged for at least 12 months in American and French oak barrels. Its ripe red fruity aromas combine perfectly with hints of vanilla, cinnamon and sweet spices. This is the perfect wine for a grilled steak.

Grape: Tempranillo  

Region: Rioja

Abv: 13.5%

Size: 75cl

Price: £15.45 per bottle

Bodegas Navarrsotillo Qvinto Arrio Crianza