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Alvarez De Toledo Mencia Roble 2015 750ml

Rated 97 - Clearly, there was real ambition here to make something smart and now we have the results. Almost nonchalantly floods the mouth with...
97DC
$25.90
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Antoine Graillot & Raul Perez Bierzo Tinto Encinas 2018 750ml

Rated 94 - From granite and clay soils, the reductive 2018 Encinas fermented in concrete and matured in an oak vat. The reduction should eventually...
94WA
$17.94
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Bodegas Y Vinedos Raul Perez Bierzo Blanco Ultreia Godello 2018 750ml

Rated 92 - 2017 was the year of frost, and production was very small. So, we jumped to the entry-level white 2018 Ultreia Godello, which was...
92WA
$15.94
$19.94
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Bodegas Y Vinedos Raul Perez Bierzo Tinto Ultreia St. Jacques 2018 750ml

Rated 93 - The truly impressive 2018 Ultreia Saint Jacques transcends its price category. They destemmed more grapes because they fermented it in...
93WA
$48.92
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Descendientes De J. Palacios Corullon Bierzo 2018 750ml

Rated 96 - The village wine 2018 Corullón has, for the first time, the new category Vino de Villa (village wine!). It comes from around 90 plots...
96WA
$15.70
$16.64
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Descendientes De J. Palacios Petalos Bierzo 2018 750ml

Rated 93 - Their regional wine achieves unheard of levels of complexity and nuance with the 2018 Pétalos del Bierzo. It's a blend from over 90...
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91WNR
$17.54
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Losada Altos De Losada 2017 750ml

Rated 95 - Attractive, ripe and bright purple berries with raspberries here, too. The palate has a silky, elegant and plush feel with fine and...
95JS
$15.88
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$21.34
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Bierzo Castilla Y Leon Spain

The ancient, arid and beautiful region of Castilla y Leon is the largest in Spain, and amongst the largest single 'regions' in any country of Europe. It has been famed throughout the centuries for its architecture, its people, its art and literature, and not least for its characterful and flavorful wines, which capture the beating heart and passion of Spain and Spanish culture. Castilla y Leon is essentially a vast plateau, and is extremely dry, with a poor soil structure which one might think would make viticulture difficult, if not impossible. However, Castilla y Leon has plenty of native grape varietals which are able to stretch their roots deep underground, to tap into the moisture and minerals which can be found there.

Ever since the Phoenicians and Romans brought their knowledge of vine cultivation to Spanish soils, the country's culture has grown alongside wine production, with wine being a vital part of Spanish identity and Spanish traditions. Each region of Spain has a wine quite distinct from the others, and it is produced by smallholders and families as much as it is by large companies and established wineries. From the relatively mild and lush regions of La Rioja to the arid plateaus that surround Madrid, grapes are grown in abundance for the now booming Spanish wine industry, and new laws and regulations have recently been put in place to keep the country's standards high. By combining traditional practices with modern technology, Spanish wineries are continuing to produce distinctive wines of great character, flavor and aroma, with the focus shifting in recent decades to quality over quantity.