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LORIñóN - BODEGAS Y VIñEDOS BRETóN

Region: La Rioja
Appellation: D.O.C. Rioja
City: Fuenmayor

OVERVIEW

In 2013 Bodegas Bretón and the Loriñón brand were acquired by the Montaña family and its winemaking entity, Unión de Viticultores Riojanos. UVR comprises over 350 hectares of mature to ancient vines that are either owned or under continuous contract throughout the Rioja Alta and Alavesa regions. Loriñón Crianza is almost entirely composed of old-vine Tempranillo, aged 14 months in a mixture of used American and French oak. The Reserva includes a higher percentage of the rare Graciano and utilizes a higher percentage of French oak, and is aged an additional year in bottle before release.

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HISTORY

The Montañas trace their family wine business to grandfather Román Montaña, who began producing high quality Rioja wines in 1910. The current winemaking facility in Fuenmayor was built in 1989.

The first vintage of Loriñón was 1985. The founding Bretón family desired to restate and retain the elegant, authentic Rioja character that resulted from mature, low-yielding vineyards and careful aging. Thirty years later the demand for authenticity is equally acute, after a period in which globalization of style had become an unfortunate trend.

The Montaña family objective is to continue as well as to enhance the quality and philosophical trajectory of Loriñón wines, offering authentic character and great value. Working together with Loriñón’s longtime importers, the resulting wines have never been better or more representative of the founding philosophy.

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PRESS

Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2011) - "Bright ruby. Fresh cherry and red berry aromas show good clarity and a hint of white pepper. Tangy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors and a hint of vanilla. Finishes on a slightly bitter note, with good energy and supple tannins that come up slowly. "

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Loriñón Reserva (2010) - "Brilliant ruby. Oak-spiced cherry and dark berries on the perfumed nose, with a peppery nuance adding lift. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering cherry-vanilla and cassis flavors braced by a lively mineral nuance. Gains weight with air while maintaining vibrancy and finishes smoky and long, with chewy tannins adding grip."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Loriñón Reserva (2009) - "Long on red fruit, this wine's texture has some tannic grit that makes the fruit feel firm and complex. The tannins are gentle carrying some funky earthiness, somewhere between black tea and chocolate, but the wine is neither thick nor sweet. It's a mellow, fruit-driven Rioja to serve with any roast meats."

91 Points
Joshua Green, Wine & Spirits, Dec 1, 2013

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2010) - "Bright plum and strawberry flavors seem to sweeten the dark tannins of this wine, creating a smooth, juicy texture that's still firm. There's some warmth in the finish, setting up the wine for roast beef."

88 Points
Joshua Green, Wine & Spirits, Dec 1, 2013

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2010) - "(100% Tempranillo aged for 14 months in American oak): Dark ruby. Exotic aromas of candied red fruits, potpourri and vanilla. Juicy raspberry and cherry flavors are lifted by a peppery element and become sweeter with air. Shows a tangy quality on the finish, which is given shape by smooth, even tannins."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Loriñón Reserva (2009) - "(Made from 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano aged in American oak for 18 months): Deep ruby. Smoky aromas of cherry compote, cassis and spicy oak. Plush and pliant, offering sweet dark fruit flavors complicated by mocha and vanilla. Shows a subtle spicy nuance on the persistent finish, which features soft tannins and a hint of black tea. "

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Loriñón Reserva (2009) - "This very dark purple colored wine opens with a musty oak and black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, Old-World styled and very easy to enjoy. The flavor profile is a mild oak infused black cherry with notes of boysenberry and plum. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins hang on for quite some time after the wine is gone. This wine would pair well with slow cooked beef brisket."

89 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Aug 1, 2013

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Loriñón Reserva (2006) - "Aromatic, with concentrated black fruit, middle-eastern spice, pipe tobacco, and floral notes. Warm and smooth on the palate, with cooked black cherry and plum tart flavors over light toasty vanilla and cedar. Integrated tannins on the smooth finish. Good buy. Braised lamb shank."


Santé, Sep 1, 2012

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Loriñón Reserva (2006) - "The 2006 Loriñón Reserva is sourced from vineyards in Rioja Alta and Logroño: a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano aged for 24 months in American oak barriques. It has a pungent nose of blackberry, leather, dried herbs and a touch of wild fennel. The palate is very well-balanced, with supple tannins that glide across the mouth. The acidity is finely tuned, leading to a very harmonious, natural finish with subtle woody notes in the background. This is a superb Rioja Reserva. Drink now-2020. I was deeply impressed by two wines that I tasted from Bodegas Bretón."

92 Points
Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Aug 1, 2012

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Iuvene Tempranillo (2010) - "Youthful purple. Straightforward black and blue fruits on the nose and palate. Plump and seamless in texture, with jammy blackberry and mulberry flavors gaining spiciness with air. Finishes smooth and persistent, leaving a bitter fruit skin note behind."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2008) - "Deep red. Pungent cherry and redcurrant aromas, with complicating notes of dried rose and black tea. Spicy cherry-cola and red berry flavors are lifted by tangy minerality and show a refreshingly bitter edge. Finishes with good clarity, a hint of smoke and lingering spiciness."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Loriñón Reserva (2006) - "Bright ruby-red. Redcurrant and cherry on the fragrant nose, with subtle tobacco and vanilla qualities gaining strength with air. Bright, focused red and dark berry and cherry flavors are complicated by oak spices and herbs and firmed by silky tannins. Finishes with good juicy lift and smoky persistence. This drinks well now."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Loriñón Reserva (2006) - "The 2006 Loriñón Reserva was aged in barrel for 24 months in the traditional manner. Cedar, spice box, tobacco, dried black fruits, and violets inform the nose of this classic, moderately structured Rioja. Nicely balanced by a firm acid structure, it should evolve for 5-7 years and drink well through 2026. It is a solid effort as well as an excellent value in a less than stellar vintage. "

89 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jul 1, 2011

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2008) - "This ruby colored wine opens with an old oak infused black raspberry with a hint of cranberry. On the palate, this wine is light to medium bodied, balanced, soft, and very easy to drink. The flavor profile is a mild black raspberry with notes of old oak and a hint of black currant. The finish is dry and moderate tannins are a tad sticky. This Tempranillo would pair well with a tangy pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries. Enjoy."

87 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jul 1, 2011

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Loriñón Reserva (2005) - "This slightly opaque and dark ruby colored wine was well received by our mini tasting group. This wine opens with a musty and fragrant ripe boysenberry bouquet with some notes of blackberry as well. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, fruit forward, and easy to drink. Its flavor profile is black currant with notes of integrated oak and boysenberry. The finish id dry and its dusty tannins are a little sticky and linger a bit. The group agreed this wine would pair well with barbecue steak tips."

89 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Oct 21, 2010

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Iuvene Tempranillo (2009) - "Ruby-red. Cherry and plum on the nose, plus a hint of licorice. Plush dark fruit flavors are energized by a peppery quality and pick up a slightly roasted aspect with air. Easygoing, supple wine with good finishing cling and an echo of plum."

87 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 16, 2010

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Loriñón Gran Reserva (2004) - "Bright red. Musky red fruits, flowers and herbs on the nose, with a smoky mineral overlay. Juicy, ripe redcurrant and cherry on the palate, with complicating notes of sweet chewing tobacco and candied rose. This fully mature Rioja finishes sweet, faintly smoky and long, with very good depth."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 16, 2010

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2006) - "Ruby-red. High-toned, slightly medicinal aromas of blackcurrant, dried cherry and plum, with a hint of bitter chocolate. Rich and densely packed, with distinctly ripe flavors of black fruits, licorice and dark chocolate, all lifted by a peppery nuance. Finishes with gentle tannic grip and an echo of bitter chocolate. I'd serve this with a rich lamb or beef dish."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 16, 2010

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Loriñón Reserva (2005) - "The purple-colored 2005 Lorinon Reserva offers up aromas of cedar, spice box, leather, tobacco, and blackberry. Smooth-textured, concentrated, and spicy on the palate, it has ample fruit and ripe tannin to evolve for 2-3 years. Drink it from 2013 to 2020."

89 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jun 30, 2010

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Iuvene Tempranillo (2009) - "The unoaked 2009 Iuvene is a light, forward, affable wine that shows off the high-class fruit of the 2009 vintage. Drink it over the next 2-3 years."

86 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jun 30, 2010

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2006) - "The 2006 Lorinon Crianza delivers aromas of cedar, earth, tobacco, and black cherry. Savory, elegant, and nicely balanced, it can be enjoyed now through 2016."

87 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jun 30, 2010

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Loriñón Gran Reserva (2004) - "The 2004 Lorinon Gran Reserva spent 23 months in oak. It is an elegant offering with aromas of mineral, cigar box, damp earth, and black cherry. This well-balanced wine has 4-6 years of aging potential and a drinking window extending from 2014 to 2019."

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jun 30, 2010

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2005) - "Bright purple. Highly aromatic, spicy scents of black raspberry, cherry-cola, spicecake and minerals, with a smoky overlay. Creamy dark berry flavors are braced by a zesty mineral quality and firmed by fine-grained, nicely integrated tannins. Packs solid punch but there's a graceful character to this wine that will allow for early enjoyment. Still, I'd stash mine away for at least another five years."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 17, 2009

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Dominio de Conté Reserva (2005) - "Inky ruby. Cherry and blackcurrant aromas are complemented by licorice, cocoa powder and black pepper. Chewy, nicely concentrated bitter cherry and dark berry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and framed by dusty tannins. A subtle blood orange quality adds energy to the long, spicy, refreshingly bitter finish. This is very young but quite promising."

90+ Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 17, 2009

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Loriñón Reserva (2005) - "Ruby-red. Musky aromas of dark cherry, singed plum and dark chocolate, with hints of cola and espresso. The smooth palate offers ripe red and dark berry flavors and very soft tannins. Finishes gently sweet, with lingering cola and plum notes. Drinking well right now."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 17, 2009

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2005) - "The purple-colored 2005 Alba de Breton Reserva is 100% Tempranillo sourced from vines over 80 years of age. It was aged for 12 months in new French oak. Made in an international style, the nose gives up aromas of toasty oak, pencil lead, scorched earth, and assorted black fruits. Layered, extracted, and sweetly-fruited, this muscular effort will evolve for another 5-7 years in the bottle and have a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2025."

91 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jun 30, 2009

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2004) - "100% Tempranillo sourced from 70-year-old vines. Spends 18 months in new French Allier oak casks. Deep ruby purple in color with aromas of earth, cola, meat and wood spice on nose. Little fruit. Soft, woody attack of vanilla. Good concentration. Round, ripe tannins."

88 Points
i-winereview.com, Aug 26, 2008

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Loriñón Gran Reserva (2001) - "Dark garnet. Aromas of raspberry, tar and balsamic. A soft attack of ripe red and black fruit, notes of spice and black pepper, good acidity firm tannins and a long finish. Well done."

90 Points
i-winereview.com, Aug 26, 2008

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Dominio de Conté Reserva (2004) - "An attractive blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano sourced from the 22 ha Breton finca in Briones. Spends 18 months in American oak. Dark ruby. Aromas of plum, cedar, vanilla and balsamic on the nose. Ripe, soft fruit forward attack with notes of cedar, tobacco and tea. Soft tannins and a long lasting finish."

89 Points
i-winereview.com, Aug 26, 2008

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Dominio de Conté Reserva (2004) - "Ruby-red. Suave red berries and blackcurrant on the nose, with complicating notes of tobacco and musky underbrush building in the glass. Midweight redcurrant and cassis flavors are firmed by dusty tannins, which add grip and focus. Turns chewier with air but does not come off as hard; I'd give this some additional aging, or at least some time in the decanter."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 18, 2008

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2004) - "Youthful ruby color. Seductively perfumed aromas of cassis, blueberry, cola and fresh rose expand with air, picking up graphite and cured tobacco notes. Fleshy dark berry flavors are firmed by velvety tannins, turning chewier with air. Finishes with building sweetness and mineral lift, leaving a trail of sweet dark berries behind. This is already quite alluring but I'd hold off opening it for at least another few years."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 15, 2008

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Loriñón Reserva (2004) - "Bright red. Redcurrant and cherry aromas are deepened by dark chocolate and black tea. Medium-bodied, tangy red fruit flavors show little in the way of tannins but are enlivened by juicy acidity. Finishes clean and brisk, with very good lift and cut. I'll bet that a few years of bottle age will bring more weight and sweetness."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 15, 2008

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Loriñón Blanco Barrel Fermented (2007) - "Pale yellow. Oak-spiced pear and peach aromas are complemented by anise and honey. Fleshy orchard fruit flavors stain the palate and are firmed by subtle wood tannins. Will the oak be absorbed while the fruit remains lively? Finishes with good persistence and subtle spiciness"

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 15, 2008

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2005) - "Deep red. Cherry, plum and tobacco on the nose, with suave baking spices and tobacco adding complexity. Supple cherry and plum jam flavors are framed and lifted by juicy acidity. Finishes clean and moderately long, with a note of cherry skin."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 15, 2008

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2004) - "The 2004 Alba de Bretón Reserva is an old-vine selection aged in French oak. Purple-colored, it reveals aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, earth, and blackberry. Medium to full-bodied, firm, and structured, the wine has a deep core of fruit but will require at least 6-8 years of further bottle age to fully express itself. "

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 29, 2008

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Dominio de Conté Reserva (2004) - "The 2004 Dominio de Conte Reserva is expressive. Dark ruby colored, it offers an enticing perfume of wood smoke, violets, scorched earth, blackberry, and plum. Slightly austere on the palate, it will profit from another 4-6 years of cellaring to fully blossom and should drink well between 2014 and 2025."

89 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 29, 2008

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Loriñón Reserva (2004) - "The 2004 Loriñón Reserva is dark ruby-colored with aromas of cedar, tobacco, mineral, spice box, and blackberry. This is followed by a firm, balanced, elegant Rioja with enough silky tannin to evolve for 3-4 years. This moderately lengthy wine should be at its best between 2012 and 2020"

88 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 29, 2008

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2004) - "Best Buy Spanish Red Wines $20 and Under. "

87 Points - Best Buy
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 29, 2008

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Loriñón Blanco Barrel Fermented (2006) - "Best Buy Spanish White Wines $20 and Under. "

87 Points - Best Buy
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 29, 2008

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2004) - "Fresh red cherry flavor runs through this wine, simple and round with a touch of orange zest. The texture softens to velvet with air, ready to clean up after tapas, especially morcilla"

88 Points
Wine & Spirits, Dec 1, 2007

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2003) - "The bouquet of this dark ruby wine bursts from the glass. It displays cherry aromas some noticeable oak influence. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, well balanced, and has juicy cherry flavors with a hint of oak. This wine is very easy to drink, not overly complex, but is quite enjoyable. The finish is dry and lingers with a little toasty oak as it fades away. This wine would pair perfectly with ribs or meatloaf. Enjoy."


Ken Hoggins, KensWineGuide.com, Nov 30, 2007

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2004) - "Dark red. Smoky, mint-accented red berry and cherry aromas offer complex nuances of pungent herbs, dried flowers and minerals. Youthfully firm and slow-to-open, displaying fresh redcurrant and dried cherry flavors, silky tannins and impressive finishing snap. Gained sweetness and depth with air: make sure to give this some cellar or decanter time. "

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2007

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Loriñón Blanco Barrel Fermented (2004) - "Vanillin oak and a grassy note on the nose. Creamy and leesy but juicy; began hard-edged but quickly softened up in the glass, showing good texture and breadth."

86 Points
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Sep 30, 2007

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2003) - "Raspberry and strawberry fruit. Sophisticated balance and good elegant length. Drink now. Bronze-medal "

Bronze Medal - World Wine Awards
John Radford, Decanter, Sep 30, 2007

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2003) - "Early leather and animal aromas soon yield to brighter fruit scents, and that's followed up by a palate detailed by cherry and plum flavors. This nice, comfortable wine offers freshness and texture; it's a very good crianza that nails the relationship between fruit and oak. "

88 Points - Best Buy
Michael Shachner, Wine Enthusiast, Sep 1, 2007

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Loriñón Reserva (2003) - "Medium red. Cedary redcurrant and cherry on the nose, with musky underbrush and tobacco adding interest. Light and surprisingly crisp for this vintage, from which so many wines came out roasted and pruney. Fresh red berry and bitter cherry flavors extend through the persistent, juicy finish. Picked up riper tones with air and also gained a distinctly warm tone. I guess that the vintage is having its way here after all.-"

87 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Aug 1, 2007

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Loriñón Reserva (2003) - "This ruby red wine opens with a restrained spicy black fruit bouquet with hints of mild oak. On the palate, this wine is a bit thin and acidic. The flavor profile is juicy cherry with a hint of plum. The finish is dry and has some oaky tannins. This wine would make a nice glass pour. Enjoy."


Ken Hoggins, KensWineGuide.com, Aug 1, 2007

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2003) - "Ruby-red. Ripe and toasty, with strong kirsch and plum aromas complemented by vanillin oak and cigar box. Sweet dark fruit flavors are brightened by racy acidity and firm up on the back, with dusty tannins coming on strong. Finishes with a sweet, juicy cherry note and very good length."

89 Points
Josh Raynold, International Wine Cellar, Jul 1, 2007

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Loriñón Blanco Barrel Fermented (2006) - "Light yellow. Spicy pear and apple aromas are complemented by subtle butter and mint. This was raised in barriques but I don't detect any overt oak tones. Crisp and precise but gentle in texture, with ripe orchard fruit flavors and a kiss of lemon zest. Drink this early to enjoy the bright fruit."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 1, 2007

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Loriñón Gran Reserva (2001) - "Dark red. Spicy cherry and red berry aromas are accented by tobacco, cigar box, musky underbrush and a subtle vanilla quality. Medium in weight, with suave red berry and bitter cherry flavors complicated by licorice and truffle. Fine-grained tannins build on the finish, which is lightly sweet and very persistent. This is quite elegant."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 1, 2007

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Loriñón Blanco Barrel Fermented (2006) - "“Light yellow. Spicy pear and apple aromas are complemented by subtle butter and mint. This was raised in barriques but I don't detect any overt oak tones. Crisp and precise but gentle in texture, with ripe orchard fruit flavors and a kiss of lemon zest. Drink this early to enjoy the bright fruit."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 1, 2007

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2003) - "Ruby-red. Ripe and toasty, with strong kirsch and plum aromas complemented by vanillin oak and cigar box. Sweet dark fruit flavors are brightened by racy acidity and firm up on the back, with dusty tannins coming on strong. Finishes with a sweet, juicy cherry note and very good length."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 1, 2007

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Dominio de Conté Reserva (2003) - "Dark red. Subdued cherry and plum aromas slowly unfurl to display smoked meat, tobacco, graphite and mocha. Ripe, plummy dark fruit flavors betray a slightly roasted quality. Picks up a tart cherry skin note on the finish, along with repeating tobacco and mineral notes. I'd drink this on the young side."

87 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 1, 2007

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Loriñón Blanco Barrel Fermented (2006) - "Light yellow. Spicy pear and apple aromas are complemented by subtle butter and mint. This was raised in barriques but I don't detect any overt oak tones. Crisp and precise but gentle in texture, with ripe orchard fruit flavors and a kiss of lemon zest. Drink this early to enjoy the bright fruit."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 1, 2007

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Dominio de Conté Reserva (2001) - "The aromatics... are nearly ethereal, offering up minerals (iron), cedar, spice, tobacco, violets, and black currants. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine which admirably marries elegance and power. There is superior depth and concentration, layers of flavor, and the structure and balance for 4-6 years of further evolution."

91 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2007

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Loriñón Blanco Barrel Fermented (2005) - "Produced from 100% Viura of which 50% undergoes barrel fermentation. This light gold-colored wine offers an attractive toasty nose with fresh herbs and melons as counterpoint. There is plenty of texture, fine balance, and good length in this tasty effort"

87 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2007

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Loriñón Gran Reserva (2001) - "Raises the bar. Dark ruby-colored, it has a classic Rioja nose of cedar, spice, tobacco, and red currants but with more volume. Elegantly styled with a velvety texture, this tasty Rioja should provide pleasure through 2015. "

88 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2007

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Loriñón Blanco Barrel Fermented (2004) - "Oak-barrel aging brings exotic cinnamon and clove flavors to a stone-lined pool of apple and grapefruit. - Rioja recommendation, 3 stars."

3 Stars
Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine, Wine Guide, Nov 30, 2006

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2003) - "This solid red delivers ripe fruit flavors of cherry and plum, supported by chewy tannins, with tobacco and spice notes on the finish. Has enough weight for hearty dishes. Drink now through 2010. "

87 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2006

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2001) - "Stunning wine made from vines over eighty years old. Fine mineral flavors bring elegance to dense, dark berry and spice flavors. Drink now-15 years. "

Rioja recommendation - ****
Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine, Wine Guide 2007, Oct 1, 2006

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2003) - "Dark red. Rich, meaty and pungent aromas of ripe cherry and redcurrant, accented by espresso and bitter chocolate. Firm but in no way severe, with a powerful cherry liqueur flavor complicated by earthy notes of tobacco and iron. A subtle sweetness carries into the finish, which features a tangy suggestion of rhubarb. Strikes a balance of structure and sweetness that's awfully compelling at this price point. "

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2006

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Loriñón Reserva (2001) - "Deep red with a bright rim. Cherry preserves, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla and baking spices on the nose, plus a hint of musky underbrush. Lush, supple and sweet, with strong cherry and mocha flavors. Broad, harmonious tannins provide structure. Finishes with good length and a lingering note of ripe cherry."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2006

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2001) - "Rich yet lively, this alluring red brims with red cherries, blackberries and spice notes, supported by firm tannins and crisp acidity. It's muscular yet focused and graceful."

88 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2005

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Loriñón Blanco Barrel Fermented (2004) - "This gentle white offers appealing vanilla and lemon curd flavors with notes of pineapple and honey, and just enough acidity for balance. "

85 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2005

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Loriñón Reserva (2000) - "Bright, dark red. Plum, tobacco and strong American oak notes of coconut and vanilla on the nose. Silky, lush and full, with fine-grained flavors of plum, redcurrant and cedar. Nicely vinous, sweet Rioja, finishing with rather soft tannins and very good length."

88 Points
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2005

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Loriñón Gran Reserva (1997) - "Lean yet still fresh, with punchy herbal aromas of tree bark, dried fruits and burnt grass... tossing up strawberry and cherry flavors in front of snappy finishing notes of nectarine and pie cherry. An old-style wine with more acidity than flesh. "

86 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Oct 1, 2005

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2001) - "A moderately intense, pretty bouquet of spice box, toasty oak, black cherries, and currants emerges from this dark ruby/purple-tinged effort. Medium-bodied, elegant, and Bordeaux-like in its restraint and polish, it is an attractive Spanish red to consume over the next 5-6 years."

89 Points
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Jun 30, 2005

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Dominio de Conté Reserva (1998) - "This Reserva offers velvety fruit fragrant with floral and spice notes. Drink now - 10 years. "

*****
Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine Magazine's Wine Guide 2005, Oct 1, 2004

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Loriñón Reserva (1999) - "Sweet vanilla, plum and licorice notes mingle in this expressive, harmonious red, with just enough tannins for grip. Subtle, but brings you back for another sip."

89 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Dec 31, 1969

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