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Palacios Remondo 2006 Placet Finca Blanco Rioja ($20) 89 Medium lemon. 75% Viura, 25% Viognier. Floral and tropical fruit aromas on the nose. Soft attack with flavors of orange citrus. Nice round mouth feel, touch of vanilla and toast. Good acidity. Nice long flavorful finish with residual oaky character.

Palacios Remondo 2004 La Montesa Crianza Rioja ($20) 88 Deep ruby, garnet hues, this blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano offers youthful dark cherry and raspberry aromas with notes of smoked meat. Full-bodied, soft attack, excellent balance, nicely concentrated dark cherry fruit, garrique, round tannins, firm finish.

Palacios Remondo 2006 La Vendimia Rioja ($14) 88 This medium ruby 50-50 blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo, vinified with partial carbonic maceration, reveals fresh red berry aromas and a soft attack of dark berry fruit, lots of

spice, light to medium-weight, and a silky texture. to drink.

Ready

Palacios Remondo 2005 Propiedad H Rioja ($40) 92 60% Garnacha and 40% Tempranillo vinified in traditional large tinos (oak tanks) with extended maceration and 14 months of aging in mainly French oak. Dark ruby, with aromas of pomegranate, citrus, and cedar. Soft lush attack of ripe red and blue berry fruit, notes of graphite and toast, nicely integrated, lasting finish

Bodega Pastor Diaz 2007 Castroviejo Rioja ($--) 86 This is a simple and straightforward quaffing wine with aromas and flavors of raspberry and cherry liquor. It would probably show best served chilled.

Bodegas Patrocinio 2006 Zinio Tempranillo-Graciano Rioja ($16) 87 Dark ruby, clean raspberry and strawberry fruit aromas, nicely integrated oak, lush attack, ripe tannins, clean, easy drinking, rustic. Importer: The ENYE Imports Group Chicago, IL

fresh fruit

nose, fresh

, soft attack

, dark cherry,

Bodegas Patrocinio 2004 Zinio Vendimia

Crianza Rioja ($19) 88 Medium-deep ruby garnet, herbs, touch of sandalwood

Seleccionada

chewy tannins, Garnacha-like, slightly Importer: The ENYE Imports Group Chicago, IL

alcoholic,

Bodegas Primicia, 2004 Crianza Rioja ($20) 86

Medium dark ruby. Spicy concentrated black raspberry, cassis aromas with touch of earth and charred oak. Soft, lush, fruity attack with spice and pepper. Fairly simple. Traditional. Big,

earthy tannins. CO

Importer: Steve Miles Selections Denver,

Bodegas y Viñedos Pujanza, 2004 Pujanza ($40) 90 Dark ruby with a nose of dark cherry and plum compote. On the palate shows dense concentrated attack, full-bodied, well-integrated oak, firm, minerals, ripe chewy tannins. Big wine that needs more time in the bottle to show all of its virtues. Importer: Grapes of Spain , Lorton, VA

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Bodegas Puelles 2003 El Molino de Puelles Rioja ($30) 88 Opaque ruby, nose of black cherry and black currant fruit, toasted oak, ripe pure, soft round mouth feel, rich and concentrated, blackberry fruit, beautifully balanced, soft

round tannins, long-lasting finish. LLC/Manolo’s Wines Bloomington,

IN

Importer:

Las

Arribes

Q/R

Ramon Bilbao 2005 Crianza Tempranillo Edicion Limitada Rioja ($--) 85 This Crianza exhibits a dark ruby core with a brick rim. Closed on the nose, it reveals some notes of leather, smoke and a touch of violet. It has full-bodied attack of tart dark fruit, somewhat bitter tannins and an astringent finish.

Ramon Bilbao 2005 Mirto Rioja ($--) 86 Deep ruby, dark core. Smoky black fruit aromas with black pepper notes on the nose. Soft, sweet attack with a slightly dry mid-palate and dry hard tannins.

H Granja Nuestra estate located high

Señora de Remelluri

in

the

foothills

of

the

The

Sierra

Remelluri Cantabria

was purchased owner. The first

in 1968 Remelluri

by Jaime Rodriguez wines were produced

its current in the early

1970s under

and the

many fine wines have been produced since first direction of Telmo Rodriguez, Jaime Rodriguez’

son and currently by Ana Barron Lopez. from Remeulluri’s own 105 ha estate essentially modern with mainly French aging wine.

Grapes are sourced and winemaking is oak barrels used for

Remelluri 2006 Blanco Rioja ($30) 92 This Rioja white has attracted the attention of wine enthusiasts for many years. It is a tasty blend of Vigonier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscatel, Marsanne and Roussane (approved by the Consejo Regulador in 1990). The 2006 which was harvested at the end of October-early November is very ripe and high in alcohol (14.5) offering tropical fruit, white peach and floral aromas and flavors with notes of vanilla and oak. It has a lovely creamy round mouth feel and is nicely balanced.

Remelluri 2004 Reserva Rioja ($25) 88 The Reserva is made of 90% Tempranillo and small omounts of Graciano and other grapes. It is sourced from the fruit of 31 different vineyards and has an earthy character with a nose of leather and game and dense fruit flavors. The tannins are chunky and the finish is firm.

Remelluri 2003 Colleccíon Jaime Rodriguez Rioja ($80) 92 Despite the fact that 2003 was a difficult year, this wine is relatively well balanced and elegant offering ripe cherry fruit on the nose with notes of balsamic and sweet oak. On the palate it reveals complex red and black fruit flavors with mineral notes and hard tannins that will need time to soften. A blend of Tempranillo and about 25% Garnacha.

H Bodegas Fernando Remírez de Ganuza is a small boutique winery owned and operated by Fernando Remírez,

who bought and sold vineyards before

winery in Rioja Alavesa.

The winery

establishing his own sources fruit from it

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