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in spicy oak. Well-balanced with nice purity of flavor and a long, flavorful finish complemented by soft tannins. An extra year in bottle has improved this wine, and our score. Great value!

H Bodegas Amador Garcia is a family owned and operated winery in Rioja Alavesa that produces fruit forward traditional

and modern wines. Naples, FL

Importer: The Ravensvale Group,

Amador Garcia 2006 Peñagudo Tinto Rioja ($15) 86 The Peñagudo Tinto displays a bright youthful deep ruby color with baked strawberries and jammy notes on the nose. It has a very bright, tart attack with almost citrus-like acidity. Good for making sangria.

Amador

Garcia 2004

Peñagudo Crianza

Rioja ($24) 87

Medium

dark ruby.

A blend of 90%

Tempranillo, 5%

Garnacha, and 5% offers a soft, fruity tart dry finish.

Mazuelo aged in oak for attack with medium high

14 months. acidity and

It a

Amador Garcia 2004 Vendimia Seleccionada Rioja ($48) 88 This is a juicy blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano and offers earthy aromas of blackberry and plum fruit, savory herbs, spice and cedar. On the palate it displays ripe fruit and earthy flavors, good balance and a pleasant finish.

H Bodegas Antión is a young winery located in Rioja Alavesa that practices high precision viticulture and modern winemaking. These two wines suggest that the winery has a promising future. (not available yet in the US)

Antión 2005 Seleccíon Rioja ($45) 91 A 100% Tempranillo wine sourced from very low-yielding vineyards. Fermented in traditional French oak tinas. Dark ruby with aromas of licorice, cedar. smoke, leather and roasted meats. Soft attack of espresso coffee with vanilla extract. Sweet, fairly ripe tannins. Ripe overall. If you like oak, you’ll love this wine. A real crowd pleaser.

Antión 2006 Varietal Rioja ($22) 89

Dark ruby aromas.

with a purple rim. Violets, blackberry and Traditional carbonic aromas. Very fresh,

floral very

young. Soft on the palate. Espresso and Soft, round. full mouth feel. Ripe tannins and

vanilla notes. a good finish.

H Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi is one of Rioja’s finest boutique wineries. Established in 1985, initially as a cooperative and later as a private winer , it is owned an operated by Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacalle. All of Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi’s cuvees are produced from high altitude low-yielding old vineyards using both modern and conventional winemaking methods (eg. foot trodding for crushing grapes) and exhibit

purity of fruit, of the leading cooperative!

elegance, complexity and balance. New Wave producers which began

One as a

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Artadi 2005 El Pison Rioja ($190) 96 The El Pison is sourced from a 2.4 ha vineyard planted in 1945. It displays a dark ruby color and aromas of violets, minerals, and ripe cherry. The attack is rich and concentrated with pure black cherry fruit and notes of cocoa, tobacco, and minerals, rounded tannins and outstanding balance. In essence, it is a wine of tremendous depth, complexity and finesse. A very special Rioja.

Artadi 2005 Pagos Viejos Rioja ($95) 93 Pagos Viejos is produced from 50-80 year

old

vines.

It

displays a dark ruby color with an opaque core and aromas

of

black

cherry

and

plum.

Fermented

in

wood

tanks

and

aged fro 14-16 months in new French oak, it reveals rich attack of concentrated black and red fruit, huge and layered flavors. Elegant and pure.

a soft depth

Artadi 2005 Viñas de Gain Rioja ($25) 91 Viñas de Gain offers a lovely dark ruby color and fresh aromas of dark cherry, leather, and earth. On the attack it reveals more fresh dark cherry, plum and raspberry fruit. It is medium- bodied with perfectly integrated oak, good structure and round gripping tannins on the finish. A new wave authentic Rioja wine of 100% Tempranillo from old vines.

B

H Bodega Baigorri is a small family winery in Rioja Alavesa producing high quality wines in a modern gravity fed winery using native yeasts, small conic fermentation tanks, and French oak barriques. (Reviewed by i-WineReview in February 2008 ) Importer: Quality Wines of Spain New York, NY

Baigorri 2005 Blanco Fermentado en Barrica Rioja ($40) 87 This 100% light to medium bodied Viura from 70+ year old vines is aged twelve months in new French oak. It has aromas of tropical fruit suffused with vanilla oak. The attack is very soft with predominantly warm vanilla flavors that carry through to the finish.

Baigorri 2004 Crianza Rioja ($30) 88 Medium dark ruby in color and aged twelve months in new French oak casks, this traditionally crafted Rioja offers up lovely cherry and sandalwood aromas. Round and full on the palate with dark cherry fruit flavors and a dollop of spicy oak. Finishes long and fruity.

Baigorri 2003 Reserva Rioja ($48) 92 An exceptional, rich and delicious modern wine of dark ruby color, aged 18 months in new French oak. The dark cherry and cigar box nose gives way to a big, soft attack of fruit and warm oak. The mouth feel is lush with ripe, concentrated dark plum fruit.

Baigorri 2003 Vino de Garage Rioja ($95) 93 Made from 70+ year old, low-yielding vines and aged 18 months in new French oak, this dark ruby, medium-bodied, modern-styled wine has aromas of cigar box, sandalwood,

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