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Abadia Retuerta - El Campanario 1996
The 100% Tempranillo 1996 Cuvee Campanario represents a blend of the finest parcels of Tempranillo. The wine was aged in 100% new French Limousin oak for 16 months, then bottled without filtration. It reveals a saturated purple color, and is more backward both aromatically and on the palate, as well as more impressive. The wine's bouquet falls in the black fruit spectrum of aromas - blackberries, black raspberries, and overripe cherries. Full-bodied and tightly-knit, with intriguing mineral notes, this powerful, rich, layered wine could easily pass for a top-class Bordeaux in a blind tasting. The result of 28 days of maceration, the high tannin is sweet and well-integrated in the wine's framework. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2019
Price: 92 €
RP
93

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

Liparita - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1997
Chewy, with chunky flavors of blackberries, dark chocolate and toasty oak. Concentrated, with brawny, broad-shouldered tannins that need a few years to unwind.
Price: 107 €
WS
92

Wine Spectator

Each wine region is the sole jurisdiction of one editor who has developed an expertise in that region's offerings. Other editors can offer opinions, but the final say comes from the region's primary editor.

All tastings are conducted "blind". Tasters are told the type of wine (varietal or region) and vintage. Flawed wines or wines that score very highly are re-tasted. European wines are sometimes tasted in the districts that yield them, where fresher, perfectly stored examples will be readily available. Wine ratings are based on how good a wine will be when it reaches its peak, regardless of how soon that will be. If barrel samples are being rated rather than finished wines, that is revealed.

Wine Spectator's 100-Point Scale:

  • 95-100 – Classic; a great wine
  • 90-94 – Outstanding; superior character and style
  • 80-89 – Good to very good; wine with special qualities
  • 70-79 – Average; drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable but not recommended
  • 50-59 – Poor; undrinkable, not recommended

La Jota - Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (Selection) 1990
The 1990 Cabernet Sauvignon-Howell Mountain is typically backward, tannic, full-bodied, and concentrated. The color is opaque garnet/purple, and the nose is tight but promising, with scents of minerals, cassis, and spices. Rich and concentrated, as well as ferociously tannic (the tannin is ripe rather than astringent), this promising wine should reach its apogee by the turn of the century and last 20 or more years.
Price: 143 €
RP
92

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

La Jota - Cabernet Franc 1996
The unfined and unfiltered 1996 Cabernet Franc reveals a smoky, meaty, beef blood and black fruit-scented nose with loamy soil scents providing additional aromatic dimension. The wine possesses exceptional richness of fruit, thrilling quantities of glycerin, an impressive mid-palate, and an admirably long finish. Fruit ripeness, texture, and richness are important in any wine, but La Jota manages to cram all of these components into the difficult to grow and make Cabernet Franc varietal. This effort is another benchmark wine that should drink well for 12-15+ years.
Price: 123 €
RP
93

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

Pontet Canet 1996
I was shocked by how backward the 1996 Pontet-Canet was on the three occasions I tasted it in January. This wine possesses superb potential, but it appears a decade's worth of patience will be necessary. The color is a saturated dark purple. With coaxing, the wine offers aromas of black currant jam intertwined with minerals, sweet oak, and spice. A full-bodied wine, it possesses layered, concentrated sweet fruit, with an elevated level of ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035.
Price: 194 €
RP
93

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

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