Baron De Ley Reserva Rioja: Bronze MEDAL 2014

April 19, 2012
Baron De Ley Reserva Rioja

Old style, traditional Rioja from the land of ‘fantastic values and wonderful cellaring’. A deep and characterful red-black wine. Crushed black fruits on the nose, with plenty of the hoped-for soot, tar, and cigar smoke complexity. Medium to full bodied on the palate, with crushed blackberry and blueberry flavours. Also available: Baron De Ley Gran Reserva Rioja, Rosado & Blanco

Price: ¥230

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Baron de Ley Rioja Rosado Rosé: New Wine

February 27, 2015
Baron de Ley Rioja Rosado Rosé

This is a great find. We are very happy to have introduced this to a couple of rosé fans, who in turn spread the word amongst their friends and in the case of a club; their members. Of course, in Spain the term for rosé is rosado. This is a very light rosé Rioja, often new to many people who associate Rioja with fruity red, full bodied, easy-drinking wines. Easily drinkable on its own, it would work well alongside light canapés or desserts.

Price: ¥130

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Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza: Wine Man Pick SILVER MEDAL 2014

November 3, 2011
Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza

Lovely example of a tasty Spanish Rioja with nice balancing acidity. Dark, intoxicating hues and aromas hit you with a strong attack of integrated oak and fruit. This 100% Tempranillo Rioja Crianza has spent over one year in oak, has plenty of acidity, which rounds off the fruit and oak, nicely.

Price: ¥160

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Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Reserva: Wine Man Pick: Bronze MEDAL 2014

November 3, 2011
Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Reserva

Here at last: a really decent Spanish Rioja Reserva , with around 18 months in Oak for under ¥250. Food pairing is written all over it.. Yum yum. A ‘go-to’ wine (to impress). Awards and accolades all over it. It’s fans come time and time again. Enough said.

Price: ¥230

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Camino De Castilla Ribera Del Duero Crianza (Tempranillo): Wine Man Pick

November 3, 2011
Camino De Castilla Ribera Del Duero (Tempranillo)

A Spanish region known for very expensive wines has thrown up an absolute gem at a real bargain. Think Rioja with a similar fruit intensity, just a little less oak but some good bottle age. Also, a little cheaper than our Pomal Rioja crianza. Best if served with something hot and well flavoured like grilled lamb cutlets with mint and thyme. Benefits too, from breathing. Even better on day 2 also.

Price: ¥135

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Castillo De Manza La Mancha Tempranillo: Wine Man Pick

December 3, 2012
Castillo De Manza La Mancha Tempranillo

This low priced Spanish bargain is a dark purple red with an attractive violet tone. There’s a clean aroma of ripe fruits; strawberry and raspberry and some pervading herbal notes. On the palate it is smooth and full bodied with soft tannins. There is something enigmatic about Castillo de Manza. For me, it resembles a French wine; not a Spanish…

Price: ¥60

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Torres Celeste Red: Wine Man Pick: Commended 2013

November 18, 2011
Torres Celeste Red

Celeste is an opulent wine brimming with fruit, body and colour; as unique as the night sky in the Ribera del Duero region. Intense blackberry colour. Spicy and intense nose, with liquorice and black pepper hints on a base of well ripened fruits (blackberry and cherry). On the palate, very fruity at first with ripened tannins, also persistent and full bodied.

Price: ¥284

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Torres Gran Coronas Red : BIN END

November 21, 2011
Torres Gran Coronas Red

Aged Spanish red. Deep ruby colour. A well balanced, highly elegant aroma. The silky smooth, superbly evolved palate is generous and complex (notes of very ripe red fruits on a toasted backdrop of oak). Perfect with starters (cold meats, vegetable rice dishes and paella), as well as with the finest meat and game recipes, without forgetting cheeses.

Price: ¥266

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Torres Ibericos Rioja Crianza: Wine Man Pick: SILVER MEDAL 2014

November 3, 2011
Torres Ibericos Rioja Crianza

A Spanish master-class in achieving complex flavours at good value. Youthful, crimson red. Aromas of forest fruits & spices. Lovely fruit on the palate with a hint of peppery spice. Well-structured with round tannins & elegant finish. Loves food; accompanies roasted meats, stews, Iberian charcuterie and cured cheeses impeccably.

Price: ¥180

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