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Marques de Caceres This Gran Reserva is Graciano. It offers touch of toasty oak

2001 Gran Reserva Rioja ($35) 90 a blend of Tempranillo, Mazuelo, and aromas of rich, dark red fruit with a followed by a soft lush attack of red

and black fruit integration and

with leather notes. It Youthful with lovely balance. Assertive but ripe tannins. Doesn’t

have

the

dried

fruit

character

and

charm

of

traditional

Rioja.

Marques de Caceres 2001 Reserva Rioja ($25) 88 The Reserva blends Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano and exhibits a subdued nose of dried cranberry and pomegranate

with toasted oak notes. infused ripe dark red fruit, a long finish.

It reveals a lush attack of cocoa- excellent balance, dry tannins and

Marques de Caceres 2002 Gaudium Rioja ($64) 93 The superb 2002 Gaudium is a blend of 95% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano sourced from old low yielding vineyards. It exhibits an opaque ruby color with aromas of boysenberry, cassis, and rich oak notes followed by a soft lush attack of concentrated and pure red and black fruit. Dense, almost unctuous in mouth feel, savory with a long finish. A new wave wine with plenty of potential for aging.

H Marqués de Murrieta was founded in 1852. Its founde , Luciano de Murrieta, Marqués de Murrieta, brought the latest winemaking technology to Rioja from Bordeaux and for many years this winery was at the forefront of modern winemaking in Rioja. After a period of decline, the winery has been revitalized under Vincent Dalmau and is once again making some excellent wines at the 300 ha. Ygay Estate in

Rioja

Alta.

Importer:

Maisons

Marques

&

Domaines

USA

Marqués de Murrieta 2003 Capellanía White Reserva Rioja ($26) 89 Fruit from the Finca Ygay. 18 months in American and French oak. Médium gold straw. Complex oak and oxidized, honeyed notes on the nose. Soft, lush attack. Dry on the palate. Mineral like. Touch of dry sherry flavor. Elegant, well- balanced. Not over oaked. Have with smoked fish.

Marqués de Murrieta 2000 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja ($55) 88 This Ygay Gran Reserva displays a garnet color with a port-

like nose, wine with

including a touch dark cherry fruit

of volatile acidity. It flavors and leather.

is jammy Slightly

oxidized and at the peak of its maturity. Rioja style wine.

A classical old

Marqués de Murrieta 2004 Dalmau Red Rioja ($165) 94

A jewel in the crown of this estate.

Dark ruby garnet in

color with ripe red and black fruit aromas, combined with

attractive vanilla and toasty oak.

On the palate, it exhibits

a

claret-like

character

with

plum,

cassis,

white

ash,

and

a

silky

yeasty

texture.

Grainy

tannins

and

long

lasting

on

the

palate with great potential for aging.

H Bodegas Marques de modern winemaking along

Riscal French

has been a lines in Rioja.

pioneer in Established

in 1858 it was the first to aging wine and the first

introduce the use to produce wines

of barriques for using Cabernet

Sauvignon.

The

recent

construction

of

an

exciting

new

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tourism hotel by architect Frank Gehry has given Marques de Riscal a face lift. The wines here are traditional and New Wave in style with Baron de Chirél recognized as the winery’s best wine. The 150 Aniversario which celebrates the winery’s founding is even a notch better Importer: Shaw Ross International, Mirama , FL

Marques de Riscal 2003 Barón de Chirel Reserva Rioja ($60) 89 Produced on a limited scale from 90-100 year old Tempranillo vines. Aged for 20 months in American oak and 12 months in bottle, it displays a deep ruby core and ripe aromas of black cherry and balsamic. Highly extracted on the palate with intensity of fruit and oak flavors followed by young chewy tannins.

Marques de Riscal 2001 150 Aniversario Gran Reserva Rioja ($40) 90

A beautiful dark ruby-garnet color.

Produced from selected

grapes of a top vintage. blackberry, and leather. barrels and 48 months in

Complex aromas of sour cherry, Although aged for 32 months in the bottle, it exhibits remarkable

freshness with a soft fruit rich attack, round tannins excellent

balance and a firm finish.

Marques de Riscal 2004 Reserva Rioja ($14) 87

Dark ruby with notes

purple.

Aromas

of

leather.

Light

of red and fruit attack

blackberry fruit with touches of

licorice and cedar. Hard This wine could benefit

astringent tannins on the finish. from more time in the bottle.

Bodegas Marques de Vargas, Bodegas 2003 Reserva Rioja ($32) 87 A rustic wine with a dark ruby color and a garnet edge. It offers secondary aromas of mushroom, forest floor, and meaty notes followed by an attack of sweet lush dried dark fruit with lots of oak and a touch of vanilla. The tannins are slightly dry and the finish is firm. Importer: Steve Miles Selections Denver, CO

Bodegas Martin Codax 2005 Ergo Rioja ($15) 86 Martin Codax is better known in Spain for its white wines produced in the Rias Baixas. But it also has a winery in Rioja. Ërgo” is a youthful, fruit forward Tempranillo with a fresh nose of red berries followed by a soft attack of tart juicy red fruit, soft tannins and a pleasant finish. Excellent quaffing wine. Importer: E & J Gallo Winery Healdsburg, CA

H Bodegas Martinez Lacuesta is a small family winery with 50 hectares of vineyards situated in Rioja Alta. It produces excellent quality Rioja wines that are classical and new wave in style combining complexit , flavor and elegance. Importers: Spain Wine Collection, Congers, NY and Dreamride/Alliance Wines Corp, Durham, NC

Martinez Lacuesta, 2005 Ventilla 71 Rioja ($35) 89 Opaque ruby in color with attractive aromas of well integrated black fruit and French oak with a touch of touch of earth and violets. On the palate, this 100% Tempranillo displays layers of concentrated black fruit and spicy chocolate and a persistent finish with lingering pure sweet fruit. Well done and offered at a great price.

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