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Wine Enthusiast

January Issue 2024

Cos Pés Albariño 2021

Suggested Retail Price: $55

Golden yellow to the eye, this wine offers a bouquet of yuzu, fresh sage and saline. It is full-textured with flavors of peach jam, caramelized pineapple, rose water, dried mountainside herbs and oyster shell. Peach and saline notes endure on the palate. — Mike DeSimone

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Cos Pes Albarino Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Rías Baixas Rias Baixas Spain Spain Albariño Albarino Forjas del Salnés Forjas del Salnes
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Wine Enthusiast

January Issue 2024

Sierra de la Demanda Blanco 2018

Suggested Retail Price: $45

This delicious white wine is a blend of 70% Viura and 30% Garnacha Blanca. It has enticing aromas of mango, guava and white flowers. In the mouth there are flavors of tropical fruits, lemon lime and Mandarin orange pith with a crisp and clean finish. — Mike DeSimone

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Sierra de la Demanda Blanco Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Rioja Rioja Spain Spain Viura, Garnacha Blanca Viura, Garnacha Blanca Alberto Orte Alberto Orte
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Wine Enthusiast

January Issue 2024

Muti Albariño 2021

Suggested Retail Price: $44

"Editors' Choice' - Almost clear to the eye, this wine has a bouquet of Fuji apple, clementine and jasmine. A soft floral note carries over to the palate and is met with flavors of white peach, Turkish delight and a hint of dried rosemary and thyme that linger in the mouth. — Mike DeSimone

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Muti Albarino Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Rías Baixas Rias Baixas Spain Spain Albariño Albarino Alberto Orte Alberto Orte
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Wine Enthusiast

November Issue 2023

Leirana Albariño 2022

Suggested Retail Price: $35

Medium yellow to the eye, this wine has a bouquet of lemon curd, cocoa butter and rose petal. A soft floral note permeates the palate alongside peach, apricot, lemon, butterscotch and slivered almond flavors. — Mike DeSimone

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Leirana Albarino Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Rías Baixas Rias Baixas Spain Spain Albariño Albarino Forjas del Salnés Forjas del Salnes
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Wine Enthusiast

July Issue 2023

Celia 2018

Suggested Retail Price: $159

'Cellar Selection' - Deep violet-red to the eye, this wine has aromas of fresh red berries, vanilla and clove. It is bright at first sip, opening with flavors of cherry and raspberry that are followed by notes of crème brûlée, fennel pollen and a touch of smoke. All is set into opulent tannins that wend their way to a long, smooth finish. Drink through 2043. — Mike DeSimone

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Celia Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Ribera del Duero Ribera del Duero Spain Spain Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), Garnacha Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), Garnacha Vizcarra Vizcarra
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Wine Enthusiast

July Issue 2023

Inés 2018

Suggested Retail Price: $159

This dark-ruby-colored wine offers a bouquet of cherry, pomegranate, butterscotch and anise. A web of powerful tannins plays host to bold blackberry, raspberry, caramel, aniseed and violet flavors that sail into an enduring finish. — Mike DeSimone

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Ines Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Ribera del Duero Ribera del Duero Spain Spain Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), Merlot, Albillo Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), Merlot, Albillo Vizcarra Vizcarra
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Wine Enthusiast

July Issue 2023

Naveran Perles D'Or 2021

Suggested Retail Price: $29

'Editors' Choice' - This light-yellow-colored sparkling wine has forceful effervescence and aromas of golden currant, vanilla and honeysuckle. It is bright at first sip, with Granny Smith apple and lemon flavors that are joined by notes of brioche and toasted almond. The finish is laced with notes of citrus zest and salinity. — Mike DeSimone

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Naveran Perles D'Or Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Penedès Penedes Spain Spain Xarello Xarello Naveran Naveran
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Wine Enthusiast

July Issue 2023

Leirana Areas de Arra 2018

Suggested Retail Price: $210

'Editors' Choice' - This medium-straw-colored wine has a nose of lemon, grapefruit and miso. A sophisticated mélange of fruit and savory flavors mingles on the palate, notably grapefruit, lemon, dried Mediterranean herbs and brined green olives. A soft note of eucalyptus and a touch of vanilla remain on the palate. — Mike DeSimone

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Leirana Areas de Arra Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Rías Baixas Rias Baixas Spain Spain Albariño Albarino Forjas del Salnés Forjas del Salnes
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Wine Enthusiast

May Issue 2023

A Portela Mencía 2017

Suggested Retail Price: $27

Deep garnet in color, this wine has a bouquet of ripe summer cherry, raspberry and a hint of rose petal. Bright red fruits transfer to the palate, where they are met by velvety tannins and notes of slate, clove, aniseed and lavender that culminate in an enduring finish. — Mike DeSimone

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A Portela Mencia Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Valdeorras Valdeorras Spain Spain Mencía Mencia Alberto Orte Alberto Orte
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Wine Enthusiast

May Issue 2023

Barahonda Barrica 2020

Suggested Retail Price: $18

'Best Buy' - This garnet-colored wine offers aromas of dark berries, caramel and coffee. It is smooth in the mouth, with gauzy tannins and flavors of blackberry pie, chocolate-covered caramel, freshly ground black pepper and dried sage. — Mike DeSimone

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Barahonda Barrica Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Yecla Yecla Spain Spain Monastrell, Syrah Monastrell, Syrah Barahonda Barahonda
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Wine Enthusiast

May Issue 2023

Cortijo Tinto 2020

Suggested Retail Price: $16

'Best Buy' - Dark garnet to the eye, this wine offers a bouquet of black cherry, caramel and freshly ground black pepper. It offers a sense of brightness on the palate, with plush tannins and flavors of cherry pie, raspberry preserves, orange zest, milk chocolate and herbes de Provence that head into a fruit-filled finish. — Mike DeSimone

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Cortijo Tinto Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Rioja Rioja Spain Spain Tempranillo Tempranillo Vinos Atlántico Vinos Atlantico
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Wine Enthusiast

May Issue 2023

Heredad Candela 2019

Suggested Retail Price: $37

'Hidden Gem' - Deep ruby in the glass, this wine proffers a bouquet of slightly brambly fruits of the wood, licorice and black-olive paste. Flavors of elderberry and cassis mingle with notes of clove, menthol, coffee and dried sage overlaid on a network of enduring tannins that dissolve into a spicy finish. — Mike DeSimone

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Heredad Candela Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Yecla Yecla Spain Spain Monastrell Monastrell Barahonda Barahonda
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Wine Enthusiast

May Issue 2023

La Antigua Clásico Reserva 2012

Suggested Retail Price: $32

'Editors' Choice' - Inky ruby to the eye, this wine has a nose of brambly fruits of the wood with a hint of pine needle. Substantial tannins and bold acidity are equally matched, while flavors of black cherry, blackberry, mocha, marjoram and orange zest sail into an enduring finish. — Mike DeSimone

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La Antigua Clasico Reserva Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Rioja Rioja Spain Spain Garnacha, Tempranillo, Graciano Garnacha, Tempranillo, Graciano Alberto Orte Alberto Orte
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Wine Enthusiast

May Issue 2023

Sierra de la Demanda Tinto 2015

Suggested Retail Price: $45

Deep garnet in the glass, this wine has aromas of cassis, roasted red pepper and aniseed. A framework of durable tannins backs flavors of black currant, pomegranate, smoked paprika, dried thyme and espresso bean. A pleasant note of salinity marks the lasting finish. — Mike DeSimone

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Sierra de la Demanda Tinto Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Rioja Rioja Spain Spain Garnacha, Tempranillo, Viura Garnacha, Tempranillo, Viura Alberto Orte Alberto Orte
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Wine Enthusiast

May Issue 2023

Bodegas Poniente Oloroso NV

Suggested Retail Price: $150

Aromas of cherry pipe tobacco, toffee, walnut and orange zest set the stage for flavors of apple, toasted nuts, vanilla and a touch of curry. This wine has a full body and rich texture that coat the palate, with an orange zest finish. — Mike DeSimone

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Bodegas Poniente Oloroso Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Jerez-Xeres-Sherry Spain Spain Palomino Fino Palomino Fino Bodegas Poniente Bodegas Poniente
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Wine & Spirits Magazine

April Issue 2023

Escalada do Sil Tinto 2020

Suggested Retail Price: $60

There’s an immediate hit of ground black and white peppercorns in the scent of this wine, then the fruit comes charging in with pomegranate and cherry scents. It lasts with the red tone of a peach at the pit, the finish herbal, earthy and cool. - Joshua Greene

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Escalada do Sil Tinto Wine & Spirits Magazine Wine & Spirits Magazine Valdeorras Valdeorras Spain Spain Merenzao, Mencia, Garnacha Tintorera Merenzao, Mencia, Garnacha Tintorera Alberto Orte Alberto Orte
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Wine & Spirits Magazine

April Issue 2023

Atlántida Blanco 2020

Suggested Retail Price: $44

This is made from vijiriega blanca, a nearly extinct variety local to Jerez. This wine’s tart white-cherry flavors feel meaty, while the tannins feel dusty and sharp. There’s a cedar-box scent along with pale florals that would work with poached cod. - Joshua Greene

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Atlantida Blanco Wine & Spirits Magazine Wine & Spirits Magazine Vino de la Tierra de Cádiz Vino de la Tierra de Cadiz Spain Spain Vigiriega Blanca Vigiriega Blanca Alberto Orte Alberto Orte
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Wine Enthusiast

March Issue 2024

Celia 2019

Suggested Retail Price: $164

Aromas of black plum, cassis, red plum and dried savory herbs draw you into this brilliant garnet-colored wine. It is a blend of 93% Tempranillo and 7% Garnacha and has elegant mouthfeel with flavors of pomegranate, red cherry, black plum, cassis and saddle leather. There are suede-like tannins and a pleasant touch of salinity in the finish. — Mike DeSimone

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Celia Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Ribera del Duero Ribera del Duero Spain Spain Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), Garnacha Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), Garnacha Vizcarra Vizcarra
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Wine Enthusiast

March Issue 2024

Inés 2019

Suggested Retail Price: $164

This enticing blend of 90% Tempranillo, 8% Merlot and 2% Albillo is brilliant garnet-colored in the glass with aromas of cherry, saddle leather and black plum. It is soft on entry with flavors of black raspberry, cassis and red plum all enveloped in velvety tannins. — Mike DeSimone

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Ines Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Ribera del Duero Ribera del Duero Spain Spain Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), Merlot, Albillo Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), Merlot, Albillo Vizcarra Vizcarra
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Wine & Spirits Magazine

February Issue 2023

Quinta da Pellada Naked Vine 2018

Suggested Retail Price: $75

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Quinta da Pellada Naked Vine Wine & Spirits Magazine Wine & Spirits Magazine Dão Dão Portugal Portugal Touriga Nacional, Field Blend Touriga Nacional, Field Blend Pellada & Saes Pellada & Saes
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Wine & Spirits Magazine

February Issue 2023

Quinta de Saes Tinto 2018

Suggested Retail Price: $22

An elegant red with lovely richness, its melodramatic funk in control, its fruit in blossom–“red plum, violets and rose petals,” as panelist Bruno Almeida described it. — Joshua Greene

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Quinta de Saes Tinto Wine & Spirits Magazine Wine & Spirits Magazine Dão Dão Portugal Portugal Touriga Naçional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen, Tinta Pinheira. Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen, Tinta Pinheira. Pellada & Saes Pellada & Saes
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Wine & Spirits Magazine

February Issue 2023

Mono A 2019

Suggested Retail Price: $69

Cool, light and airy in its dark spice, this is an intriguing varietal take on alfrocheiro. Luis Seabra, best known for his Douro wines, presents this as an easy and fresh red with stamina.

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Mono A Wine & Spirits Magazine Wine & Spirits Magazine Dão Dão Portugal Portugal Alfrocheiro Alfrocheiro Luis Seabra Vinhos Luis Seabra Vinhos
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Wine & Spirits Magazine

February Issue 2023

Indie Xisto 2020

Suggested Retail Price: $64

As a young wine, its fruit is cool red (rather than purple); the grape scents are still floral, hinting at almond blossoms, the finish clean and dry.

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Indie Xisto Wine & Spirits Magazine Wine & Spirits Magazine Douro Douro Portugal Portugal Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca, Rufete, Touriga Brasileira, Donzelinho Tinto, Malvasia Preta, Touriga Femea Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca, Rufete, Touriga Brasileira, Donzelinho Tinto, Malvasia Preta, Touriga Femea Luis Seabra Vinhos Luis Seabra Vinhos
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Wine & Spirits Magazine

February Issue 2023

Xisto Ilimitado Tinto 2020

Suggested Retail Price: $29

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Xisto Ilimitado Tinto Wine & Spirits Magazine Wine & Spirits Magazine Douro Douro Portugal Portugal Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarella, Tinta Roriz, Rufete, Tinta Barroca, Malvasia Petra, Dozelinho Tinto. Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarella, Tinta Roriz, Rufete, Tinta Barroca, Malvasia Petra, Dozelinho Tinto. Luis Seabra Vinhos Luis Seabra Vinhos
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Wine & Spirits Magazine

February Issue 2023

São João Espumante Rosé Bruto 2022

Suggested Retail Price: $21

Its green flavors of underripe raspberry and lean cranberry are layered with mineral acidity and a yeasty scent of baking bread. Pour it while you shuck oysters. —Joshua Greene

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São João Espumante Rose Bruto Wine & Spirits Magazine Wine & Spirits Magazine Bairrada Bairrada Portugal Portugal Baga, Touriga Naçional Baga, Touriga Nacional Caves São João Caves São João
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Wine Enthusiast

January Issue 2024

Escalada do Sil Blanco 2020

Suggested Retail Price: $55

'Hidden Gem' - Light golden yellow in the glass, this wine has aromas of peach, apricot and flint with a light whiff of clove. Bartlett pear and nectarine flavors are set into a full-textured wine that is infused with notes of slivered almond, vanilla bean and river rocks. Bold acidity cleanses the palate with each sip and lingers into a clean finish. — Mike DeSimone

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Escalada do Sil Blanco Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast Valdeorras Valdeorras Spain Spain Godello Godello Alberto Orte Alberto Orte