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A classic Rioja producer to put on the radar. Comment Printer Friendly 

A classic Rioja producer to put on the radar.
JG 94

2004
Bodegas Akutain
Rioja Grand Reserva
[Rioja Alta]

 

 

$39.99

Only 24 bottles in stock this week!

We were put on a special search for old school Rioja from one of our good clients recently, and in hindsight are very happy he did so as we uncovered a new gem for us and a very exciting producer of classically styled Rioja that we weren’t familiar with in the past. Bodegas Akutain. High up in the Rioja Alta district of the appellation, all indigenous yeast fermentation, aging in older oak, etc etc. Really fun stuff that is going to turn a few heads and comes in at very fair pricing for this level of quality. A nice Gilman note below in his recent issue, and very tiny amounts brought in by José Pastor, without a doubt the most exciting importer of traditional Spanish wines here in the US today.

John Gilman 94 points! “The 2004 Rioja Gran Reserva from Bodegas Akutain is a lovely the elegant side of Rioja Alta fruit, as it offers up a complex and utterly classic bouquet of plums, raspberries, cigar smoke, an impressively complex base of soil tones, cloves and toasted coconut. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and vibrant, with a great core of fruit, impeccable balance, lovely complexity and a very long, bright and classy finish. Just a great bottle of old school Rioja!”

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Posted by scott on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 @ 00:00:00 EST ( reads)

2014 Chablis overachieving steal on the WS annual Top 100 list in stock! WS 91 # Comment Printer Friendly 

2014 Chablis overachieving steal on the WS annual Top 100 list in stock!
WS 91 #47 of 100 wines of 2015

2014 
Jean-Marc Brocard
Chablis
'Ste. Claire'

$17.99

In stock this week.

Jean-Marc Brocard is a big producer with vast holdings in Chablis, yet is one of those producers making constant effort to do the right thing (their vineyards are all farmed organically these days for instance, far from the norm in Chablis) and we constantly find some nice surprises from them. We were intrigued by this score and subsequently tasted a sample bottle last week that was just fantastic. Very, very true to Chablis with a wonderfully balanced, lively expression that screams oyster shells, lemon/lime fruits, nice underlying minerality, and a really composed and quite frankly delicious profile. One that couldn't be mistaken as anything other than Chablis blind and showing really nice depth for the village level. Pricing is great and here is a wonderful barometer for what is shaping up to be a fantastic vintage for the region. Climbing awfully high on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list of 2015 for a wine under $20, and undoubtedly one of the very top values on the list. 

Wine Spectator 91 points! "A textbook flinty aroma gives way to green apple, lemon and mineral flavors in this white, which shows fine depth and richness, offset by vibrant acidity. Excellent length. Drink now through 2020. 50,000 cases made. —BS"

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