Altos De Luzón Jumilla 2006

 by Laura Hatch – October 2010


I love Spanish wines, and this one did not disappoint me! Rich and full-bodied, this wine has a nose that draws you in. And when you taste, your mouth is filled with deep dark fruits, coffee, and chocoloate. Mature, rich tannins. Great finish that lingers. Wine Advocate’s recommendation to drink between 2010 to 2018 is right on. For those that like their wines big and bold, this one’s for you!


Wine Information:
50% Monastrell, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Tempranillo, aged for 12 months in new French and American oak
Spain : Jumilla
Producer: Finca Luzon
Alcohol: 14.5%

Garnet-purple, violet rim. Aromas of mature fruits, blackberry, plum, hints of vanilla, roasted coffee, balsamic. Ample, mineral notes, mature tannins, sweetness, round and polished, long finish.

Conde de Siruela Tinto 2003 — Ribera del Duero

by Laura – July 1, 2010

Made of 100% tempranillo grapes, this wine has a complex nose, rich with vanilla and dark berries. On the palate, the powerful, chocolate-rich flavors come through, and the finish is smooth, long, and elegant.

We tasted this wine for the first time in a tiny restaurant set on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean in Mijas, Spain. After a long day of driving south from Madrid, we were ready for a hearty dinner and a great wine. This did not disappoint us. In fact, the wine was so good that we purchased another bottle to go! If only we could find it here in New York State!

Justin 2002 Tempranillo Reserva

Submitted by Laura Hatch


“A potpourri of spices and flavors can be found in this homage to the great wines of Rioja. Flavors of smoky plum and rich mocha predominate, while the lean minerality and firm acidity add complexity and give hints of great ageability.” – Justin Wines

We purchased this wine untasted at the winery, based on the quality of Justin’s other offerings, and we weren’t disappointed. Rich, smooth, and full-flavored, this tempranillo transported me to to Spain. Well worth the $30 ($24 to their wine club members), I recommend adding a few of these bottles to your wine cellar, to drink now or to age for a few years.