92 Rating – Wine Enthusiast
“With its reliance on old-vines vineyards, Renacer often comes out with great wines. This is one of them. Smoky, leathery berry aromas are inviting, while the mouthfeel is silky and plush. Oaky flavors of chocolate, smoked meat and vanilla accent ripe berry flavors, then clove and baking spices pour onto the finish.” — 04/01/2014
Rust en Vrede, the first South African estate to specialize exclusively in red wine, produces full-bodied wines that express the uniqueness of the Stellenbosch terroir. The Merlot is an elegant, well-balanced wine with an underlying, refreshing quality.
Terras Gauda Abadía de San Campio responds faithfully to the traditions of the mythical Albariño wines. The albariño grapes from which Abadía de San Campio was made, which were picked between October 1 and 3, came from the plots at Goian (Argallo), our highest vineyard, where the humidity is lower, the temperatures are cooler and ripening is slower. These conditions provided a wine of great aromatic intensity typical of the grape variety, with hints of ripe white fruit—Golden Delicious apple and pear—supported by pleasant notes of citrus. With a good breadth and balance of flavors, the wine is bright and fresh, with a certain tartness reinforcing the sensation of freshness. The good balance between the acids and sugar give the wine a pleasant final touch, persisting in the mouth for a long time.
The Wine Advocate
Pale copper-pink color. Strawberry and musky lees on the nose, accented by subtle high notes of orange zest, fresh apricot and flowers (reminded me a bit of muscat!). On the palate, subtly sweet red fruit and musky lees flavors are complicated by an enticing earth note. Less impressive on the back half than on the nose, finishes with a slight edge and moderate length. But an intriguing and inviting sparkling wine nonetheless.
GRAPE(S): 100% Tempranillo
ALC BY VOL(%): 13.5
VITICULTURE: Practicing Organic
SOIL TYPE: Calcareous rock, clay, and sand
ELEVATION: 950 meters
About the Wine: Antidoto’s intriguing name—Spanish for “antidote”—reflects winemaker Bertrand Sourdais’ belief that the wine is an antidote to the trend in Ribera to substitute heavy-handed winemaking for a sense of place and variety. In the right hands, the wines of the Soría sub-zone blend Rioja’s fragrance and finesse with Ribera del Duero’s traditional power and depth. To maximize these qualities, he uses long, gentle macerations to minimize tannin extraction and only used barrels for aging.
Location Notes: Antidoto is located in the province of Soria, in perhaps the coolest microclimate of the Ribera del Duero appellation. Soils differ dramatically from the main zone of Ribera, almost 100 km down river, and the resulting wines are considerably fresher.
Aging: 14 months in 2nds and 3rd passage French barrique.
Vintage Notes: Similar in concentration to the great 2009 vintage, but with perhaps a little fresher style. An extraordinary vintage that will rival 2009.
Tasting Notes: “Bright purple. Expressive aromas of black raspberry, cassis, potpourri and cracked pepper, with a hint of anise in the background. Intensely flavored, penetrating and precise yet quite lithe, with very good spicy lift to its dark berry and floral pastille flavors. Finishes with fine-grained tannins, zesty mineral cut and lingering spiciness.” -Josh Raynolds
This Cabernet Sauvignon from an excellent vintage is of deep violet hue and has a nose with hints of tobacco and dark chocolate, coupled with ripe stone fruit character in the mouth. This wine received minimal handling before bottling to preserve its uniqueness and integrity.
Apaltagua’s Pinot Noir has a brilliant ruby color and emphasizes aromas of cherries, raspberries, and soft notes of oak. It boasts smooth and elegant tannins and a sophisticated finish. The grapes come from Apaltagua’s own vineyard in Tricao in the Curico Valley.