Mariano Garcia developed his winemaking reputation at Vega Sicilia before joining Aalto in partnership with Javier Zaccagnini. Their 2009 is a juicy and approachable tempranillo, rich with candied cherry notes that fill out the rough tannins—a texture that suggests a pairing with pernil. 91 Points Wine & Spirits
Bright ruby. Spicy red fruits on the nose and palate. Light-bodied and easygoing, with good finishing clarity and decent length. Very good value here; I'd serve it on the cool side. (40% monastrell, 30% syrah and 30% tempranillo): 87 Points Stephen Tanzer
Inky ruby. Aromas of blackberry, cola and spicy oak. Sweet and intense in the mouth, offering weighty dark berry flavors complicated by Asian spices. The fleshy, broad finish features smooth tannins and appealingly sweet black and blue fruit qualities. 91 Points Stephen Tanzer
Firm and focused, this red offers crisp flavors of tart cherr, fresh herbs and light earth, with light tannins and fresh acidity. A brisk and savory wine that will match nicely with food. 87 Points Wine Spectator.
The 2012 Carro Tinto is terrific bargain in high-quality red wine from Spain, no doubt because it comes from the relatively remote and under-the-radar appellation of Yecla. A blend of 50% Monastrell (Mourvedre), 30% Syrah, 12% Merlot and 8% Tempranillo, it possesses spice and earthy, new saddle leather notes intermixed with notions of cherry jam, truffles and loamy soil. Ripe, full-bodied, rich and generously endowed with no hard edges, Mourvedre grown in Yecla can range from surprisingly rich and fleshy (as is this wine), to rustic and almost undrinkably astringent. This example is a winner that should drink nicely for another several years. 88 Points Wine Advocate
Ripe flavors of raspberry ganache mingle with coffee and herbal notes in this supple red, offering a fruity sweetness and enough acidity for balance. Drink now through 2016. 12,000 cases imported. 86 Points Wine Spectator
Opaque ruby. Pungent dark fruits, licorice and woodsmoke on the nose. Ripe and chewy, offering rich blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of spiciness. Distinctly rich wine with serious heft and a touch of bitter chocolate on the finish. This could handle the richest red meat preparations with ease. 89 Points Stephen Tanzer
The 2012 Luzon Verde (verde means green) is pure Monastrell sourced from a variety of small producers, all of them certified on biological agriculture, owning a collection of vineyards from 20 to 50 years old planted at 600-800 meters altitude. It’s fermented in stainless steel, with natural yeasts, it feels a tad more concentrated perhaps, but at the same time fresher with more red fruit, a polished palate, good acidity and good balance. 350,000 bottles produced. It gives a lot of pleasure for a very fair price. Drink 2013-2014. 90 Points Wine Advocate #10 Marketview's 2013 Top 100
The 2007 Finca La Emperatriz Reserva comes from 60-year-old bush vines. It has a melted, sensual nose of macerated red cherries, a hint of sloes and eau-de-vie. There is just the right amount of volatility to lend it lift without diminishing the freshness. The palate is rounded and sumptuous in the mouth with cranberry, wild strawberry and red currant mingling with Asian spices and tobacco. The finish is very composed, with impressive weight and length, but does not outstay its welcome. This is a very fine Reserva that should age well over the next decade. Drink now-2022. 93 Points Wine Advocate #88 Marketview's 2013 Top 100
This polished red shows density and harmony, delivering complex, well-integrated flavors of mineral, wild berry, fresh herbs and smoke. Not showy, but has character. Drink now through 2018. 91 Points Wine Spectator.
A blend of 35% Macabeo, 30% Xarel-lo, 20% Parellada and 15% Chardonnay. A sensational value, it tips the scales at 11.5% alcohol. Light-bodied and frothy with small bubbles, it was aged one year in the bottle prior to being released. This tasty, crisp, effervescent 2010 should be consumed over the next 6-12 months. I am glad to see the coop is now vintage-dating this cuvee so readers are assured of purchasing the freshest bottlings. 89 Points Wine Advocate
Complex, complete and sexy. Expect dusty apple aromas with crispness, while the palate runs full and almost hefty, with real-deal apple and citrus flavors. This is Cava in very good form. 90 Points Wine Enthusiast