Wine Advocate 95pts: "The wine might be a tad lighter than other vintages, but it's more structured than 2008; it combines elegance and power, is nicely balanced and should be able to develop in bottle for many years, although the quick evolution of the bottle once opened made me hesitate about its drinking window. Drink 2014-2024. (LG)"
Wine Spectator 94pts: "This harmonious red is balanced and...Price: $420.00
Wine Advocate 93pts: "The 2011 Macan feels young, a little backward and still marked by the barrel-aging. It presents a nose that is somewhat closed, but with good depth, mixing black berry fruit with vanilla and other aromatic spices. There is good weight of fruit in the palate framed by abundant tannins and balancing acidity through a finish that is very long. It's a modern, well-made Rioja...Price: $59.00
Winemaker's Notes: "This wine displays a strong, dark colour and a very fresh nose. The notes of garrigue scrubland are the only reminder of its southern France
origins. The palate shows wonderful minerality and a tight, forthright tannic structure. A very distinctive Syrah that reflects its granitic terroir and the high altitude of the Lesquerde vineyards."Price: $155.00
Winery Notes: "Alion was launched with the 1991 vintage by the famous Vega Sicilia estate. Inspired by the "modern classic" style of top Bordeaux, owner Pablo Alvarez wished to adapt this style of wine to the unique climate and soils in the western Ribera del Duero. Around half the grapes come from Vega Sicilia vineyards, the other half from Alion's own vineyards near Penafiel. The wine is made by Javier Ausas, head...Price: $79.00
Importer Notes: "There are few wines in the world that carry this level of class, sophistication and low price. Straight out of the gates this Cabernet Franc overflows with perfumes of red and dark cherry, persian mulberry, persimmon, mandarin orange, strongly-scented red and white flowers, gravel, wet forest and minerals. Yes, this little guy is extremely complex!"Price: $20.00