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Reviews and Awards



Viñalcasta "Crianza", DO Toro 2000
· Wine Enthusiast Magazine - "Thick and saucy, with a nose akin to BBQ. Along the way are chocolate, stewed prune and bacon. The mouth sports rich, ripe cherry and berry fruit while the easygoing finish yields more of that oaky bacon found on the nose. On the heavier but not too much so."- 86 pts. (12/31/04)

Viñalcasta "Reserva", DO Toro 2000
· The Wine Spectator - "This solid red shows the meaty, plum and prune notes typical of traditional Toro. Maturity has smoothed the tannis, but they're still powerful, supporting the rather austere, earthy flavors. Impressive, but unyielding. Drink now through 2010."- 89 pts. Aug. 31, 2005


Ruiz Villanueva "Tinto Cencibel - Roble 6 Meses"
Tierra de Castilla 2001 (Organic)
· Santé Magazine - A Santé Selection "pleasant and easy drinking with a nose of cherry pie and new oak, plus flavors of strawberry, red cherry, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla… an excellent by-the-glass choice." - September, 2005


ViñaConcejo "Crianza" DO Cigales 1999
· Wine Enthusiast Magazine - "This crianza has some stuffing and it's definitely still kicking. The nose is meaty, robust and full of spice, leather and black fruit. The plate pours forth with blackberry and some powerful wood notes, while the finish remains woody but flows cleanly. Solid, warm and ready to drink." 87 pts (12/31/04)
International medals
· Gold Medal MUNDUSVini 2004. Neustadt (Germany)
· Gold Medal Vinoforum 2004. Modra (Chech Republic)
· Gold Medal Ljubljana 2004
· Silver Medal Bacchus Madrid 2004
· Silver Medal Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2004
· Bronze Medal in Wine Master Challenge Estoril 2004
· Bronze Medal IWC London 2004


"Almedo" Tempranillo/Syrah/Cab, Tierra de Castilla 2003
· Santé Magazine - A Santé Selection "Big, grapey, toasty nose. Flavors of strawberry and toast that are soft and grapey up front. Pair with pizza, pasta or barbeque grilled food…. an excellent by-the-glass choice" - September, 2005


"Castel de Bouza" Albariño, DO Rias Baixas, 2003
· The Wine News - "Aromas of fresh peach and apple butter. Honeyed nectarine and peach flavors laced with youthful acids. Great length with a spritzy, green-apple tang." 93 Pts -March 2005

· International Sommelier Guild - Recommended "Interesting, juicy, complex. Dried fruits flavors. Fruity, long finish." Nov./Dec. 2004



VCZ "Molendores" Rosado, Tierra de León, 2004
· Sam's Summer Pour 2005- staff favorite… "A gorgeous rosé wine from the indigenous Prieto Picudo, with a floral and fruity bouqet and lovely flavors of sweet strawberries. It is dense with just enough acidity to balance the fruit."

· Chosen in 2005 and 2006 as the exclusive Rosado for the prestigious & historic Paradores resorts in Spain.

VCZ "Dehesa de Villacezán" Joven, Tierra de León, 2003
· Wine Enthusiast Magazine - "Sweet yet snappy, with youthful aromas of candied fruit. Slightly tangy on the tongue, with raspberry and plum flavors. Tastes clean, with a soft mouthfeel." 84 pts. (06/01/05)

Villacezán "Doce Meses", Tierra de León, 2001
· Bacchus International Wine Competion (Madrid 2004) - Gold Medal
· Vinalies Interationales (Paris 2004) - Silver Medal




Casar de Burbia "Hombros" DO Bierzo, 2002
· Wine Spectator - "This balanced red shows pretty flavors of black cherry and blackberry, complemented by vanilla and toasty notes. It has firm, well-integrated tannins and a juicy finish. Drink now through 2009." - 89 Pts (T.M. Oct. 15, 2005)

International medals
· GOLD Medal (1st Prize) - 'Citadelles du Vin 2005'Bordeaux (France), VINEXPO 2005
· GOLD Medal - 'Radio Turismo 2005' Awards, Spain, 2005
· SILVER Medal - Wine Master Challenge, Portugal, 2005
· 'Vivir el Vino' Guide - 'The 365 Best Spanish Wines' Spain, 2005




Liberalia "Tres" DO Toro, 2004
The Wine Advocate "A terrific value, the outstanding 2004 Tres is a 100% Tinta de Toro (30-60 year old Tempranillo) aged in American and French oak for four months prior to bottling. An explosively rich effort, it offers up a concoction of blueberries, raspberries, cherries, licorice, scorched earth, and plums. With an unctuous texture, great fruit, tremendous purity as well as length, it will provide a mouthful of delicious wine over the next 1-3 years." -90 points Robert Parker The Wine Advocate 6-30-05 issue 159

Liberalia "Cuatro" DO Toro, 2002
The Wine Advocate "The 2002 Cuatro Crianza, made from 50-100 year old vines, is a successful effort in the more challenging vintage. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a Cotes du Rhone-like, peppery, spicy earthiness, plenty of black cherry and currant fruit, excellent ripeness, and a nice texture." -87 points Robert Parker The Wine Advocate 6-30-05 issue 159


Villacampa Roble DO Ribera del Duero 2002
The Wine Spectator - "This fruity red is rich on the palate, but remains supple, with black cherry, plum and light earthy flavors. Coffee notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2008(TM)"- 85 ptsOct.15, 2005