Bid on this 6-bottle lot of Assorted Spanish Tasting Lot, including 1-bottle of 1990 Alejandro Fernandez "Tinto Pesquera" Reserva Ribera del Duero, 1-bottle of 1996 Bodegas Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero (93ST, 90RP), 1-bottle of 2001 Bodeags Valsacro Dioro Selección Rioja (96RP, 93WE), 1-bottle of 2006 Clos Mogador Priorat (95RP, 93ST, 90WS), 1-bottle of 2013 Bodegas Ordoñez "Vatan" Tinta de Toro, and 1-bottle of 2013 Comando G "La Bruja de Rozas" Garnacha Vinos de Madrid (92RP). Of the 2001 Bodeags Valsacro Dioro Selección Rioja,Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes: " The prodigious 2001 Dioro Seleccion is a 200-case cuvee packaged in a heavy bottle. Aged completely in French oak, this loaded 2001 boasts a deep purple color as well as a sweet perfume of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, tobacco leaves, creme de cassis, cherries, cola, and smoky new oak. Full-bodied and ripe, with superb purity and a multilayered texture, this exceptional red should hit its peak in 2-4 yea
This lot contains the following items:
1990 Alejandro Fernandez "Tinto Pesquera" Reserva Ribera del Duero (qty: 1)
1996 Bodegas Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero (qty: 1)
2001 Bodeags Valsacro Dioro Selección Rioja (qty: 1)
2006 Clos Mogador Priorat (qty: 1)
2013 Comando G "La Bruja de Rozas" Garnacha Vinos de Madrid (qty: 1)
2013 Bodegas Ordoñez "Vatan" Tinta de Toro (qty: 1)
Saturated ruby-red. Expressive, pungent aromas of roasted black raspberry and dark chocolate, with floral, menthol and spice notes. A major mouthful of suave, generous, but sharply defined fruit; thoroughly ripe, sweet dark berry, chocolate and game flavors coat the entire palate. A complex minerally quality emerged with aeration. Very concentrated and very long; finishes with firm but ripe and even tannins. Try this wine alongside a flight of top California Cabs. (ST) 93+
This project, from a large estate in Ribera del Duero, has the gifted Danish winemaker, Peter Sisseck (of Pingus fame), as the winemaker. Produced from extremely low yields (15-20 hectoliters per hectare), this offering is a blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. (RP)
The prodigious 2001 Dioro Seleccion is a 200-case cuvee packaged in a heavy bottle. Aged completely in French oak, this loaded 2001 boasts a deep purple color as well as a sweet perfume of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, tobacco leaves, creme de cassis, cherries, cola, and smoky new oak. Full-bodied and ripe, with superb purity and a multilayered texture, this exceptional red should hit its peak in 2-4 years, and last for 15+. (RP)
This is a very new wine, but one worth getting if you like the modern style Spanish red. Made from 70-year old Tempranillo as well as some Mazuelo, Graciano and Garnacha, you’ll be digging into a massively roasted, well-oaked bruiser. Caramel, mocha and chocolate mix with full berry fruit to yield a wine of concentration and body. Thick and manly; mature and ready by 2008.
The opaque purple-colored 2006 Clos Mogador has an enticing nose of pain grille, pencil lead, truffle, incense, black cherry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, dense, and layered on the palate, it has loads of succulent black fruit, spice box, ripe tannin, impeccable balance, and a lengthy, pure finish.
Opaque purple. Primary blackberry and boysenberry aromas open with air to display sexy Asian spice and floral character, complemented by notes of cola and smoky minerals. Velvety dark berry preserve flavors are framed by supple tannins and become spicier with aeration. The spiciness gains strength on the long, sappy, focused finish, which strongly echoes the cola note. This is livelier than the 2005, 2004 or 2003 bottlings. (ST)
This sleek, firm red offers dark, alluring flavors of chocolate, mocha, licorice and plum. Oaky, but there's good density, and the assertive tannins melt on the spicy finish.
The 2013 La Bruja de Rozas is their village wine from Las Rozas de Puerto Real, pure Garnacha from various vineyards across the village. Compared with the 2012, it feels more compact, more defined, gaining in precision, depth and complexity, with a mixture of violets, red berries, balsamic herbs and a spicy touch. The palate is medium-bodied, with very good balance, very fine tannins and a fine thread of acidity providing backbone to the wine. This might well be the best vintage of Bruja so far. Stay tuned! (LG)
I also tasted the just-bottled 2013 Vatan, from a completely different vintage that despite the cooler growing season, achieved 2% more alcohol than the 2012 (this is 16% and remained with 3.5 grams unfermented sugar). The wine is ripe and hedonistic, juicier and fresher than the 2012, and despite having more alcohol it feels much more balanced. It is still a baby with plenty of puppy fat to be rendered by the time in bottle. There are some lactic aromas, ripe black berry fruit and integrated oak scents; it has plenty of spices and some underbrush hints. The palate is full-bodied with glossy tannins; it is juicy, chewy and nicely balanced within its XXL size. The velvety tannins make it approachable now, but it should develop more complexity in bottle, and for sure it should have a long life ahead. It is a nice representation of a powerful Toro style, and at this quality level, the price is quite good. (LG)
Dark purple. Fresh black and blue fruits, pipe tobacco and candied violet on the highly perfumed, smoke-accented nose. Fleshy, seamless and broad in the mouth, offering intense blueberry and cherry-vanilla flavors and an exotic touch of Indian spices. The spicy quality carries strongly through the finish, which clings with excellent tenacity and smooth, building tannins. The yield here was under a ton per acre. (JR)
This rich red delivers a mouthful of ripe plum and currant, with notes of cocoa and hazelnut balanced by mineral and licorice. Plush and dense, in the modern style. (TM)