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Rioja Gift Box
Rioja Gift Box
Price: $69.49

Some wines are reserved, quiet, and meditative. Rioja is anything but. A gift for lovers of spicy wine, Rioja is a deliriously delicious wine with a tangle of tastes. Lavender, cinnamon, black cherry, and a sprinkling of spice dance the flamenco in a Rioja wine. It’s a Spanish romance in a bottle.

This Gift Includes:
1 x Large Wood Treasure Box
1 x Rioja Selection
Vega Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5º 2008 750ml
Vega Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5º 2008 750ml
Price: $144.95

Brambly berries and juicy cherries rest on a foundation of cigar wrapper, potpourri, smoke, baking spices, sun-warmed earth and bitter chocolate. This is a seamless wine that melds its discrete elements into one harmonious whole, and although approachable now, this ’08 has the structure to age for upwards of a decade. Mostly Tempranillo with a kiss of Merlot and Malbec, this wine fermented oak vats and matured for a total of 28 months in a combination of oak vats, new barriques, used barrels and vats before bottling.
La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '890' 2001 750ml
La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '890' 2001 750ml
Price: $185.00

Deep ruby with a hint of garnet orange on the rim, this ‘01 Rioja Gran Reserva bursts with an extraordinary spicy bouquet--it’s a classic Rioja, concentrated and complex with very fruity notes, balsamic, vanilla, cocoa, and coconut. The palate offers a silky texture, unfolds to reveal a kaleidoscopic range of notes, and coats the mouth with finessed, polished tannins. A blend of 95% Tempranillo from parcels in Briñas, Labastida and Villalba, 3% Graciano and 2% Mazuelo from the Melchorón I and II vineyards in Rodezno, La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '890' derives from vines that average over 40 years of age; the wine ages for six years in American oak. At more than fifteen years old and only beginning its journey into greatness, this ’01 Rioja is a must-have wine for those who are intent on having a serious collection.
Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 1970 750ml
Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 1970 750ml
Price: $249.00
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Oak, cedar, vanilla, crushed herbs, and exotic spices frame the bursting red fruit of this extraordinarily vibrant ’70 Prado Enea Gran Reserva; citrus zest, fruit compote, potpourri and warm saddle leather complete the aromatic profile. More than four decades have mellowed the tannic edges of this Rioja, but it shows remarkable vibrancy in its fresh, acidic palate, yet tertiary notes murmur this wine’s maturity. Primarily Tempranillo blended with about 20% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano, the grapes for this wine derive from alluvial, chalk and clay soils; grapes ferment in vats without temperature control for two to three weeks, and the wine ages in vats for a year, in oak casks for at least three years, and in bottle for at least three years before release. This Bodegas Muga bottle is an absolute treat for aficionados of mature wines!
Artadi Rioja El Pison 2001 750ml
Artadi Rioja El Pison 2001 750ml
Price: $325.00

Pure, intense, dense yet ethereal, the ’01 Artadi Rioja El Pison brims with energy, complexity, and texture, yet it remains elegant, offering an explosion of notes on a palate that hangs almost weightless in the mouth. Deriving from vines planted in 1947 in the four-acre El Pison chalk and limestone vineyard that began the Artadi estate, this wine ferments with natural yeasts and ages for about two years in barriques. The impressively structured ’01 El Pison is a celestial vintage, presenting its notes of brambly black fruits, rich spices, fresh-cut herbs, cigar wrapper and piquant minerals in a silky, balanced palate with a finish that lingers for minutes.
Artadi Grandes Anadas 2001 750ml
Artadi Grandes Anadas 2001 750ml
Price: $325.00

Some people call the ’01 Artadi Grandes Añadas “Spain’s version of Comte de Vogüé’s Musigny,” but we beg to differ. While this inky, brooding, very old-vine wine offers the cherry and berry profile of Pinot Noir, as well as its elegance, there is an unmistakable energy that could only be Spanish Tempranillo. Deriving from vines aging 70-100 years, this Rioja wine gets a lengthy fermentation/maceration with natural yeasts, then ages for 32 months in barrique. The profound, thrilling ’01 Grandes Añadas coats the palate in red and blue fruit, exotic spices, saddle leather, and wet river rocks, offering a velvety crescendo of tannins in a finish that lasts for minutes.
La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '890' 2004 1.5L
La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '890' 2004 1.5L
Price: $329.00

Ruby red with a slight rusty tinge, this seamless ’04 Rioja Gran Reserva ‘890’ embodies its benchmark vintage with finesse. Juicy red and black fruits dance with brooding notes of incense, roasted game, cigar wrapper, crushed herbs and pencil lead. The palate swirls sweet raspberry kirsch with savory minerals in a broad-shouldered wine with a sophisticated profile. Dusty tannins cling to the cheeks as this wine builds to a lingering, powerful finish. A blend of 95% Tempranillo from parcels in Briñas, Labastida and Villalba, 3% Graciano from Montecillo, and 2% Mazuelo from the same parcels as the Tempranillo, La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '890' derives from vines that average over 40 years of age; the wine ages for six years in American oak.
Bodegas Toro Albala Don Px Convento Seleccion 1946 750ml
Bodegas Toro Albala Don Px Convento Seleccion 1946 750ml
Price: $399.00

This is a mammoth sweet sherry--super concentrated and intense, it unfolds layer by layer to present a kaleidoscopic palate of figs and plums, fresh herbs, warm spices, earth, and chocolate, all while coating the palate with a velvety, unctuous mouth-feel. Made from Pedro Ximenez grapes grown, picked and dehydrated in the Montilla-Moriles sun in 1946, this sherry wasn't bottled until September 2011, making it a rare opportunity to experience a wine dating from WWII. This wine was fortified with alcohol after fermenting but before being aged using the traditional solera process. Even with seven decades of maturity, this extraordinary sherry has years ahead of it; it's not impossible that this wine will live to see a hundred years or more. Toro Albalá crafted just 825 bottles of this extraordinary sherry.
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico 2004 750ml
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico 2004 750ml
Price: $399.00
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The powerful, intense ’04 Único offers an earthy expression filled with kaleidoscopic notes of juicy berries and cherries, exotic spices, a touch of meatiness, and nice minerality; it’s a brooding, dark, and hefty wine that beguiles with its palate and satiates with its chewy mouth-feel. The product of very low yields and old vines--some more than 100 years--the Único from Vega-Sicilia is Spain's most sought-after and collected wine and one of the benchmark wines of the world. Vega-Siclia releases its Único with ten years of maturation in the estate's cellars; the wine typically spends seven years aging in large, new and old oak casks, with three years in bottle before release. Always a collector staple, the ’04 Único is a wine that will appreciate on both the palate and pocket over the next few years.
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico 2007 750ml
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico 2007 750ml
Price: $399.00
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Graceful, stylish, laser-precise and balanced as a sword, the ’07 Único shows a decidedly poised profile to this wine. The nose wafts with dark berries and plums that are underlain with earth, spice, cigar wrapper and mocha, and this ’07 wraps its fruit around a core of savory notes, echoing the wine’s nose in its silky, structured palate. Fine-grained, polished tannins and a slowly building, lingering finish complete the drinking experience of this singular Único bottling. A blend of mostly Tempranillo with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Único typically spends seven years aging in large, new and old oak casks, with three years in bottle before release; however, in 2007 it didn’t. In a stunning break from tradition, Vega-Sicilia chose to age it just 64 months, split between barrel and foudre, releasing the ’07 before the ‘05. The product of very low yields and old vines, some more than 100 years old, Vega Sicilia is Spain's most sought-after and collected wine, and one of the benchmark wines of the world.