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Erudito Reserva Especial 2008 Rioja; Spain      Bttl $31.99      Cs Bttl $28.99

97pts Decanter and Intl Wine Awards 2013 International Trophy

Our biggest selling Spanish red wine is the Erudito Rioja Reserva . This wine is a special bottling that has been put together for us by Bodegas Olarra from selected barrels of their wine that scored 92pts by Parker , and has been loved and repurchased by our customers all last year. Due to the success of the wine, we asked them to kick it up notch; lower yields, use only the very finest older vines, no filtration, and even better oak treatment. The result is a special bottling of Erudito that we have called the 2008 Erudito Rioja Especial, and it has just arrived in the country. We opened bottles at our end -of-year holiday party, and tasted the wine against some of the world's finest; 2006 Palmer, 2007 Staglin, 2006 Guigal La Mouline , and the wine held its ground with the best there is. The talk of the night was the Especial at the price, a no brainer buy, a can 't miss!

When it rains, it pours! We have just been informed that the world's leading wine publication Decanter Magazine has just given the wine a huge 97pts,and the wine won the coveted "International Trophy" for 2013. This is a huge honor for a wine , and wow, what a score! This is the top award a wine can win at the Decanter World Wine Awards of 2013. DecanterMagazine looks at thousands, upon thousands of wine every year, and only 30 wines win an International Trophy. This is the best of the best! The wine is a text book top quality , modern style Rioja, with excellent balance of power and finesse, and perfect oak aging. The wine spent 18 months in American oak and spends a further 18 months in the bottle , prior to release. The results are spectacular. At a case price of $28.99, this is a must buy, perfect for the winter months ahead , or for laying down over the next five years.

Superb richness and concentration for Rioja with a sweet, oaky nose of minty, lifted cherries. Supple palate of coconut, cigar, tomato leaf and aged leather around a dense core of cherries and strawberries with superb freshness. Amazing. Although all four typical red varieties are in this blend (Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo/Carignan and Graciano), Tempranillo dominates, marking the whole wine an archetypal Rioja Alta: red berry fruit, soft tannins, balancing acidity and intense vanilla notes from American oak.

This hand-picked wine is ready to ship. To see other personal wine recommendations we are offering customers CLICK HERE Each wine has been carefully selected to recommend. You might want to mix and match. Need help? Call 1 800 434 9463 (WINE) and ask for your Wine Advisor, Ty. My job is to learn your palate. Please tell me what you are looking for, i.e., specific grapes, countries, and/or price points. We guarantee all wines we recommend, you never get stuck with wine you do not enjoy. Simply let us know if you are not happy and we will pick up the wine at our cost and put you into something else. I will also always match a legitimate price. We stand behind our customers 100%.