View From The Cellar Issue #92 March/April 2021

Mar 01, 2021

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Esencia Diviña 2020 (Rías Baixas)
"[The] 2020 offers up a fine nose of fresh-squeezed lime, pear, spring flowers, salty soil tones and a touch of beeswax in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, bouncy and full-bodied,…"
90+ points

Gran Vinum Albariño Selección Especial 2020 (Rías Baixas)
"The 2020 Albariño “Selección Especial” from Gran Vinum is an excellent bottle. The bouquet delivers a classic combination of green apple, lemon, salty minerality, gentle leesiness and a… ”
92 points

1+1=3 Arrocal Selección 2018 (Ribera del Duero)
"[On] the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with a very good core, ripe, fine-grained tannins and lovely focus and grip on the long and nascently complex finish. …"
92 points

Arrocal Máximo 2016 (Ribera del Duero)
"[The] wine offers up a deep and nascently complex bouquet of plums, dark berries, Cuban cigar wrapper, chocolate, a nice touch of Tempranillo spice tones, smoke and new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and shows off lovely old vine creaminess..."

Isaac Fernández Ribera Del Duero “Reserva” 2015 (Ribera del Duero)
“[The] wine delivers an excellent aromatic constellation of black plums, black cherries, Cuban cigar wrapper, a bit of dark chocolate, fresh nutmeg, a superb base of soil tones and plenty of nutty new oak.”
90-92+ points

Isaac Fernández Ribera Del Duero “Reserva” 2014 (Ribera del Duero)
"[The] 2014 also tips the scales at 14.5 percent octane, but is quite a bit more developed on the nose than the 2015 version, offering up a deep and complex bouquet of dark berries, chocolate, cigar ash, a gentle note of tempranillo spice, dark soil tones and nicely integrated new oak.”
93 points

Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Blanca 2020 (Campo de Borja)
"Legado del Moncayo’s 2020 Garnacha Blanca is bright and bouncy out of the blocks, offering up an expressive bouquet of pear, apple, a touch of honeysuckle, a fine base of chalky soil tones and…”
88 points

Legado del Moncayo Garnacha 2020 (Campo de Borja)
"[The] wine offers up a ripe and vibrant nose of red and black cherries, grilled game, garrigue, limestone minerality, a touch of Châteauneuf-like fruit cake and a topnote of bonfire.”
90+ points

Acentor Garnacha 2019 (Calatayud)
"[The] bouquet is deep and complex, wafting from the glass in a blend of crushed raspberries, dark berries, smoked meats, hickory smoke, a fine base of stony soil tones, pepper and a spicy topnote.”
92 points