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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Escoces Volante Papa Luna 2006
Escoces Volante Papa Luna 2006
(search item no. 102798)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Papa Luna begins as bush vine grapes in the slate studded Jiloca valley at 2,600 feet above sea level. The wild mountain herbs amongst the vineyards give rise to the distinctive varietal aromas and garrigue character in the wine. The Syrah was destemmed but not crushed to give a high proportion of whole berry fruit. This in turn was cold soaked until a wild fermentation ensued after which the must was inoculated with a wild Rhone yeast strain. Fermentation proceed at 28 celsius and the wine was pressed off using only free run juice. Malo took place in tank and 50% in new and used French and American oak. The meticulously sourced 70-100 year old bush vine Garnacha was destemmed, crushed and inoculated with several Rhone yeasts. Temperature controlled fermentation commenced and lasted 7 days with pumpovers and delistage for color and tannin extraction followed by a short maceration. The free run wine underwent malo in tank. 35% of the Garnacha was added to the skins of the Syrah after fermentation and a "doble pasta" was carried out to add more color and concentration. Similary one tank of Garnacha was macerated post fermentation for extract and complexity. Some of the extremely old parcels of Garnacha are interplanted with Mazuelo and Monastrell and as such these grapes were co-fermented.
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About Escoces Volante:

Norrel Robertson, MW the winemaker spent the past five years in Calatayud searching out individual blocks of fruit in order to produce a wine of massive intensity. Calatayud offers one of the most unique areas in Spain for old vine Grenache and is set to follow Priorat as a cutting edge region for Grenache based wines and world class winemaking. The Grenache was carefully sourced from only the highest elevation slate vineyards around the villages of Acered and Alarba. Yields from the 70-100 year old bush vines did not exceed 20 hl/acre. The Syrah was hand harvested from 25 year old vines on two selected parcels. Norrel feels that the fruit from these sites is excellent and delivers wonderful minerality and herbal undertones within these fruit forward offerings.


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Tardieu-Laurent Les Becs Fins Cotes du Rhone 2009
Tardieu-Laurent Les Becs Fins Cotes du Rhone 2009
(search item no. 110347)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Very severe, strict sorting selections, which made quantities quite small. Notes of red cherries, blackberries and forest floor on the nose. An elegant, medium-bodied red with silky tannins and good acidity, making it ideal for drinking over the next several years.
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About Tardieu-Laurent:

Domaine Tardieu-Laurent was established in 1994. It is a partnership between Dominique Laurent, a former pattisier (and with the girth to go with it) and one of the hottest names in Burgundy, and Michel Tardieu, a dynamic young winemaker. Tardieu-Laurent is an extremely unusual operation in that they are a négociant only, buying young wines from growers all over the Rhône, which they mature and blend before bottling. They own no vineyards and don't buy grapes, only wine.

Tardieu-Laurent is very much an "artisan" producer, making between half a dozen and 20 or so barrels of each wine. The majority of the wines are from the southern Rhône although superb cuvees of Cote Rôtie and Hermitage are also produced. The wines are all aged in small oak casks (often 100% new) and bottled with no fining nor filtration. Michel Tardieu proclaims himself as a confirmed terroirist, insisting that his aim with each appellation is to express powerfully the fruit and sense of place, never masking these factors with wood.