Thursday, February 26, 2009

From Eric Solomon today..

The Wine Advocate # - The Top 100 Wine Values from Spain | Under $25 and 90+ points

Can you imagine the thousands of wines Dr. Miller tasted for this report (he sat with “at least 40 importers and received samples from at least that many more”) – to narrow down to the Top 100 – wow what a task. Kudos to the Advocate for this incredibly appropriate report given the economic climate – we have been committed from the start, even in the heyday, to bring wines that outperform for their price – this report is an excellent testament to that point.
Just a few of our thoughts:

1. We are ecstatic that every single one of our wines included received a score of 90 or better.
2. Over 50% of the wines were represented by 4 importers. Of those four, Eric Solomon Selections had the most wines included – a total of 16.
3. The LEAST expensive wine in the report – Alto Almanzora Este – you may want to heed Miller’s advice...

2007 Bodegas Alto Almanzora Este | Almeria 90 points “totally over-delivers – buy it by the palette load.”
2007 Celler Cal Pla Black Slate | Priorat 91 points “outstanding depth and concentration and several years of aging potential”
2006 Celler de Capcanes Costers del Gravat | Montsant 90 points “intense and loaded with vibrant red fruits…well balanced, full flavored”
2007 Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica Montsant 90 points “remarkable depth and concentration for its humble price.”
2006 Bodegas Castano Solanera | Yecla 90 points “elegant, intense, smooth textured…excellent balance”
2006 Casa Castillo Las Gravas | Jumilla 90 points “opulent, dense wine with complex flavors, smooth texture”
2007 Casa Castillo Valtosca | Jumilla 91 points “voluptuous personality, layers of succulent fruit, superb depth and concentration”
2007 Cuatro Pasos | Bierzo 90 points “flavorful, pleasure bent effort.”
2008 Egia Enea Txakolina | Txakoli de Biskaja 90 points “bracing and racy”
2007 Celler de l’Encastell Marge | Priorat 90 points “dense, rich, structured Priorat with aging potential”
2007 Mas Que Vinos Ercavio Roble | La Mancha 90+ points “totally over delivers for its humble price”
2007 Pena das Donas Almalarga | Ribera Sacra 90 points “elegant, ripe concentrated with outstanding balance and length”
2007 Sanclodio | Ribiero 91 points “this elegant effort is impeccably balanced and long”

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