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94 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The first white I tasted was the 2008 Viña Gravonia Blanco, a true bargain traditional oak-aged Rioja from very old Viura vines (90 years old!) on gravel soils. 2008 was a healthy vintage, which resulted in a slightly smaller crop than 2007, and the white… ...
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Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Gravonia Crianza Blanco 2008  (#332907)

Other White Wines from Rioja, Spain

[ 94 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The first white I tasted was the 2008 Viña Gravonia Blanco, a true bargain traditional oak-aged Rioja from very old Viura vines (90 years old!) on gravel soils. 2008 was a healthy vintage, which resulted in a slightly smaller crop than 2007, and the white grapes were picked starting on October 9th. They have never added yeasts to their wines, and this fermented in centenary oak vats and matured in used barriques for four years. It was bottled unfiltered. It has the right balance between youth and freshness and the more-developed aromas. The notes of dried flowers, honey, nuts and petrol are intermixed with aromas of quince, medlar and other yellow fruit, with hints of saffron and spices, quite developed. The palate is very tasty, and it ends with a salty finish. This is a cool vintage, where the wines show very good freshness. They do their blends to achieve a homogeneous style that shows the fresh and mineral character of the Gravonia vineyard. Year in, year out, this is one of the greatest bargains in Rioja and Spain. They produced some 17,800 bottles, which were filled in November 2013. (Feb 2018) ] 94 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The first white I tasted was the 2008 Viña Gravonia Blanco, a true bargain traditional oak-aged Rioja from very old Viura vines (90 years old!) on gravel soils. 2008 was a healthy vintage, which resulted in a…

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96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...defined by its blazing purity, stunning intensity of flavor and laser-like presenta- tion of its underlying terroir... The superb, vibrant bouquet roars from the glass in a blend of oranges, sweet grapefruit, a beautiful base of soil tones, orange… ...
JG 96
WA 96
WS 93
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1ere Trie 2008  (#307829)

Dessert Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

[ 96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...defined by its blazing purity, stunning intensity of flavor and laser-like presenta- tion of its underlying terroir... The superb, vibrant bouquet roars from the glass in a blend of oranges, sweet grapefruit, a beautiful base of soil tones, orange peel, a gentle touch of lanolin, very discreet notes of honeycomb and a gently floral topnote.... On the palate the wine shares the same full-bodied elegance... but with a firmer core, more striking soil inflection, and a nearly endless finish that builds and builds as the wine unfolds in the glass... 2016-2075. (Sep/Oct 2009) ] 96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...defined by its blazing purity, stunning intensity of flavor and laser-like presenta- tion of its underlying terroir... The superb, vibrant bouquet roars from the glass in a blend of oranges, sweet…

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JG 96
WA 96
WS 93
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92-96 points Fine Wine Review: The Nuits-Cras is deep, spicy, round, and generous with minerality, violets, and length. Bruno says that his plot is more gravelly, while the old Lamadone plot that Lamarche and Comte Ligier-Belair now split is more marne. (Issue #128; 2010) ...
FWR 92-96
AM 92
IWC 91
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Clavelier Nuits-St-Georges 1er cru Aux Cras 2008  (#331940)

Pinot Noir from Nuits-St.-Georges, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

[ 92-96 points Fine Wine Review: The Nuits-Cras is deep, spicy, round, and generous with minerality, violets, and length. Bruno says that his plot is more gravelly, while the old Lamadone plot that Lamarche and Comte Ligier-Belair now split is more marne. (Issue #128; 2010) ] 92-96 points Fine Wine Review: The Nuits-Cras is deep, spicy, round, and generous with minerality, violets, and length. Bruno says that his plot is more gravelly, while the old Lamadone plot that Lamarche and Comte Ligier-Belair now split is more…

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FWR 92-96
AM 92
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93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): There is a hint of vegetal here that actually adds breadth to the sauvage, cool and wonderfully fresh and complex nose of red currants, earth and humus. The silky yet focused, intense and overtly austere big-bodied flavors possess an excellent sense of underlying… ...
AM 93
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Gaunoux/Michel Corton-Renardes 2008  (#313704)

Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

[ 93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): There is a hint of vegetal here that actually adds breadth to the sauvage, cool and wonderfully fresh and complex nose of red currants, earth and humus. The silky yet focused, intense and overtly austere big-bodied flavors possess an excellent sense of underlying tension on the still exceptionally tight finish that is supported by a very firm tannic spine. This is terrific as it has a strikingly sophisticated mouth feel and superb aging potential. Drink: 2023+. (Apr 2012) ] 93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): There is a hint of vegetal here that actually adds breadth to the sauvage, cool and wonderfully fresh and complex nose of red currants, earth and humus. The silky yet focused, intense and overtly austere big…

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The aromatic profile shows high tones of wild flowers, black tea, and forest floor laced with fresh strawberries, quince, and very subtle Asian spices underneath the ethereal fruit. The palate is defined by focused, chalky minerality underpinned by taut acidity and concentrated mid-palate flavors of… ...
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Thierry Richoux Irancy Veaupessiot 2008  (#326101)

Pinot Noir from Irancy, Burgundy, France

[ The aromatic profile shows high tones of wild flowers, black tea, and forest floor laced with fresh strawberries, quince, and very subtle Asian spices underneath the ethereal fruit. The palate is defined by focused, chalky minerality underpinned by taut acidity and concentrated mid-palate flavors of pomegranate and wild cherry. Savory earth notes of dried leaves and forest floor linger on the second and third tiers, which seem to ride the formidable structure for days. Should evolve gracefully for at least 15 years. ] The aromatic profile shows high tones of wild flowers, black tea, and forest floor laced with fresh strawberries, quince, and very subtle Asian spices underneath the ethereal fruit. The palate is defined by focused, chalky minerality underpinned by…

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60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir. The grapes for this vintage knockout are all from Grand Cru vineyards. The wine is aged 8 years on the lees before disgorgement and has a very low dosage. The aromas are reminiscent of Corton Charlemagne, with loads of brioche and puff pastry, red apples, yeast,… ...
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Godme Sabine Brut Champagne Grand Cru 2008  (#332277)

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France

[ 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir. The grapes for this vintage knockout are all from Grand Cru vineyards. The wine is aged 8 years on the lees before disgorgement and has a very low dosage. The aromas are reminiscent of Corton Charlemagne, with loads of brioche and puff pastry, red apples, yeast, flowers, great acidity, and a long finish. It really shows the mark of the Verzenay terroir. Just delicious. ] 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir. The grapes for this vintage knockout are all from Grand Cru vineyards. The wine is aged 8 years on the lees before disgorgement and has a very low dosage. The aromas are reminiscent of Corton Charlemagne, with loads of…

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Three Glasses, Gambero Rosso: This time, the standard of quality from Tormaresca was truly impressive. Topping our score sheet was the '08 Negroamaro Masseria Maime, which picked up Three Glasses again. A sumptuously complex red, it proffers black-skinned stone fruits and printer's ink in a savoury,… ...
WA 91
WS 90
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Tormaresca Negroamaro Salento Masseria Maime 2008  (#330867)

Other Red Wines from Puglia, Italy

[ Three Glasses, Gambero Rosso: This time, the standard of quality from Tormaresca was truly impressive. Topping our score sheet was the '08 Negroamaro Masseria Maime, which picked up Three Glasses again. A sumptuously complex red, it proffers black-skinned stone fruits and printer's ink in a savoury, long-lingering sensory experience. (2011) ] Three Glasses, Gambero Rosso: This time, the standard of quality from Tormaresca was truly impressive. Topping our score sheet was the '08 Negroamaro Masseria Maime, which picked up Three Glasses again. A sumptuously complex red, it proffers black…

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90 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Saturated ruby. Lively, spice-accented aromas of cassis, licorice, violet and tobacco. Dense, juicy and intensely flavored, with energetic red and blackberry qualities and licorice and floral pastille nuances. Firm tannins add shape to the gently… ...
IWC 90
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Chave/J.L. Selection Hermitage Farconnet 2008  (#329096)

Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 90 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Saturated ruby. Lively, spice-accented aromas of cassis, licorice, violet and tobacco. Dense, juicy and intensely flavored, with energetic red and blackberry qualities and licorice and floral pastille nuances. Firm tannins add shape to the gently sweet finish. (Mar 2012) ] 90 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Saturated ruby. Lively, spice-accented aromas of cassis, licorice, violet and tobacco. Dense, juicy and intensely flavored, with energetic red and blackberry qualities and licorice and floral…

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94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...42% CH, 42% PN, 16% PM... dosage is 5 g/L... exquisite on the nose, offering up a complex constellation of apple, tangerine, a very complex base of soil, fresh-baked bread, a hint of the nuttiness to come with bottle age and a topnote of citrus zest..… ...
JG 94
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Paillard/Bruno Brut Champagne Assemblage 2008  (#328089)

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Montagne de Reims, Champagne, France

[ 94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...42% CH, 42% PN, 16% PM... dosage is 5 g/L... exquisite on the nose, offering up a complex constellation of apple, tangerine, a very complex base of soil, fresh-baked bread, a hint of the nuttiness to come with bottle age and a topnote of citrus zest... deep, full and pure, with a superb core, brisk, perfectly-integrated acids, refined mousse and great focus and grip on the long, nascently complex and beautifully balanced finish... 2017-2050. (May/Jun 2017) ] 94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...42% CH, 42% PN, 16% PM... dosage is 5 g/L... exquisite on the nose, offering up a complex constellation of apple, tangerine, a very complex base of soil, fresh-baked bread, a hint of the nuttiness to…

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WE 93
JS 92
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91-94 points Fine Wine Review: The Vosne-Beaux Monts is more closed in the nose than the foregoing wines. It shows good depth and purity to its violet flavors with finesse, intensity, and razor cut. (Issue #128; 2010) 93 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): Medium red. Reticent,… ...
FWR 91-94
IWC 93
AM 90-92
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Clavelier Vosne-Romanee 1er cru Les Beaux Monts 2008  (#312148)

Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanée, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

[ 91-94 points Fine Wine Review: The Vosne-Beaux Monts is more closed in the nose than the foregoing wines. It shows good depth and purity to its violet flavors with finesse, intensity, and razor cut. (Issue #128; 2010) 93 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): Medium red. Reticent, precise aromas of black cherry, crushed stone, wild herbs and licorice; grew more complex and perfumed as it opened in the glass. Sweet and firm on entry, then fresh and aromatic in the mouth, with strong cherry and raspberry fruit supported by a solid spine of tannins and acids. Finishes sweet and long. Seduces already with its perfume but this is built to age... (Mar/Apr 2011) ] 91-94 points Fine Wine Review: The Vosne-Beaux Monts is more closed in the nose than the foregoing wines. It shows good depth and purity to its violet flavors with finesse, intensity, and razor cut. (Issue #128; 2010) 93 points Stephen Tanzer …

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FWR 91-94
IWC 93
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WHWC Staff Notes: Finally, Pascal served us his classic Quarts de Chaume along with a peach tart. This single estate wine shows plenty of botrytis along with gentle honey tones, apricot, quince, and a nice dose of orange zest. On the palate, the wine displays an unctuousness reserved for wines of… ...
JG 89
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Laffourcade Quarts de Chaume Chateau de l'echarderie 2008  (#329082)

Dessert Wine from Quarts de Chaume, Loire, France

[ WHWC Staff Notes: Finally, Pascal served us his classic Quarts de Chaume along with a peach tart. This single estate wine shows plenty of botrytis along with gentle honey tones, apricot, quince, and a nice dose of orange zest. On the palate, the wine displays an unctuousness reserved for wines of this pedigree. Very complex and infinitely long on the finish. This wine will be drinking well for the next 10+ years. -Kaj Stromer, 5/12/17 ] WHWC Staff Notes: Finally, Pascal served us his classic Quarts de Chaume along with a peach tart. This single estate wine shows plenty of botrytis along with gentle honey tones, apricot, quince, and a nice dose of orange zest. On the palate, the wine…

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94 points James Suckling: Complex, layered and enticing nose of ripe strawberries, dried flowers and meat as well as porcini undertones. Full and velvety with ripe and soft tannins that follow through to a long, soft and slightly sweet finish. Harmonious and classy. Old-style. 65% garnacha, 20%… ...
JS 94
JG 93
WS 90
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Vinos del Atlantico Rioja La Antigua Clasico Reserva 2008  (#701716)

Other Red Blends from Rioja, Spain

[ 94 points James Suckling: Complex, layered and enticing nose of ripe strawberries, dried flowers and meat as well as porcini undertones. Full and velvety with ripe and soft tannins that follow through to a long, soft and slightly sweet finish. Harmonious and classy. Old-style. 65% garnacha, 20% tempranilo and some graciano. Drink now. (12/1/16) ] 94 points James Suckling: Complex, layered and enticing nose of ripe strawberries, dried flowers and meat as well as porcini undertones. Full and velvety with ripe and soft tannins that follow through to a long, soft and slightly sweet finish.…

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JS 94
JG 93
WS 90
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