Über diese besondere Süßwein-Spezialtät schreibt Luis Gutierrez von Robert Parker’s Wine Advocat: „Labeled as Fondillón until last year, the new bottling of this wine from May 2014 is simply called Recóndita Armonía Solera 1987. The wine is quite sweet (213 grams of sugar) with 15% alcohol and 7.2 grams of acidity made with pure, dry-farmed Monastrell from 60-year-old vineyards on chalky soils at 600 meters altitude. This is bottled from a 1,300-liter oak cask that was filled with wine in 1987 and refilled with wine that had previously aged for at least ten years in barrique. Between 100 and 200 bottles are filled each year. The nose is extremely aromatic and balsamic with notes of quinine, aromatic herbs, cinnamon, curry and other spices and herbs that made me think of a vermouth. It is very intense. After years of tension with the style of their Fondillón (and lately their sweet Moscatel too), Gutiérrez de la Vega has finally left the Alicante appellation. All the grapes are grown within the physical limits of the Alicante DO, but the wines are sold as varietal wines, whose vintage is certified by an independent body, not the Alicante appellation. His sweet red wines cannot be labeled as Fondillón either, as the name is used exclusively by the appellation. It's a shame an appellation lets one of its more important wineries go. As I visited their vineyards and cellars I had the chance to taste all the extremely limited cuvées which are bottled and sold in homeopathic doses. The best sweet wine producer in Spain?“ Der Musik- und Literaturliebhaber Felipe Gutiérrez de la Vega hat mit der Namensgebung seiner Weine bereits seine Leidenschaft Kund getan. Als Zugabe zu dem Recóndita Armonía Solera 1987 gibt es eine CD, mit alten Aufnahmen von Opernarien, gesungen von Antonío Cortis (1891-1952), galt seinerzeit als der beste lyrische Tenor Spaniens und wurde als der spanische ‚Caruso‘ gefeiert.
Der einzigartige Jahrgangscava von 1996 wurde aus 80% Xarel.lo und 20% Chardonnay vinifiziert. Xarel.lo reifte über 10 Monate im Barrique. EIn Cava mit großer Komplexität und sehr breiter Aromapalette. Robert Parker's WineAdvocat lobt mit 97 Punkten: \"The 1996 Segona Plenitud · 20 Años De Crianzae is another unique and limited sparkling Cava from Recaredo. It's a blend of 80% Xarello and 20% Chardonnay that they produced for the change of the millennium and their 75th anniversary. The Xarello was aged in barrique for ten months, and the Chardonnay fermented and was kept in stainless steel. It has a very smoky nose, with plenty of yeasts, bread dough and toast, combining the notes from the barrel and the long aging in bottle in contact with the lees. It has lots of complexity of aromas and flavors, with a touch of mushroom that made me think of a Roquefort cheese. It's very tasty, different, with great complexity and youth. The bubbles are so integrated that they make it nicely textured. It's a white wine with just a spark. It's a game of acidity and bitterness, as they never play with sweetness, and it's what makes their Cavas unique. This is really complex and unique, even within their wines. The complexity and freshness make it really one of the best sparkling wines I have tasted from Spain. It was disgorged in February 2018, 240 months after it was put in bottle. They plan to release some 200 bottles as an oenothèque.\" (Luis Gutiérrez, April 2018)
Terroir al Límit... Bei dem enthusiatischen Weinmacher Dominik Huber ist der Name Programm, denn hier wird die hohe Kunst des Terroir-Weins geradezu zelebriert. Alle Weine stammen von hochgelegenen Kleinst-Parzellen, während der gesamten Vegetationsphase greift man so wenig in den Weinberg ein, wie es nur irgend geht. Strikte Handlese in 10-Kilo-Boxen, manuelle Auslese der besten Trauben, Gravitationspresse, schonende Vinifizierung und Ausbau im Fass sind hier selbstverständlich. So entstehen einige der schönsten Priorats überhaupt , nur vergleichbar mit großen Burgundern und den Einzellagenweinen von Mas Martinet. Der Les Tosses stammt von alten Carineña-Reben aus einer 1,2 ha großen Südostlage mit rotem Schiefer 600m ü.d.M in Torroja del Priorat. Ein konzentrierter und kraftvoller Rotwein, aus der Cariñena-Traube von fast 100 Jahre alten Reben, der mit sehr viel Eleganz und Feinheit ausgestattet ist. Mineralische Anklänge von Graphit, betonen die Frische. Moschus, Gewürze, Lakritze und florale, sowie balsamische Noten geben einen ersten Eindruck von der Komplexität und Intensität des Weines. Am Gaumen kraftvoll, mit superfeinen Tanninen und sehr langem, aromatischem Finale. Luis Gutiérrez von Robert Parker's WineAdvocat vergibt stolze 96 Punkte für diesen Wein: \"The top Cariñena is the 2013 Les Tosses, which for Dominik Huber is the pure expression of graphite and cherries, from an ancient plot on black slate soils fermented with full clusters and a short maceration and matured in oak foudres for two years. There was a volatile whiff and that sensation of warm slate that really transported me to the character of the roads in Priorat. There's also something that made me think of iron and raw meat. It's all relative of course, because compared to most other Priorats, this would feel extremely elegant and floral. The palate has even more of that tactile sensation of the graphite, with abundant, albeit extremely fine tannins and showing great balance....
Peter Sissecks legandärer Rotwein aus der Ribera del Duero hat keine Strahlkraft eingebüst - Luis Gutíerrez von Robert Parker's WineAdvocat vergibt 96 Punkte und schreibt über diesen Wein: \"I tasted the 2013 Pingus one week before the wine was to be bottled, but one never knows. I tasted the 2012 under the same circumstances last year, and after my tasting, Peter Sisseck decided the wine needed some more time, so the élevage was extended and the bottling delayed. I was told this should be very close to the bottled version. The nose is aromatic, expressive and open, quite perfumed and subtle, with no traces of oak (the wine now ages in used barriques); even the spices are very much in the background. The Pingus vineyards behaved quite well in a difficult vintage, as great vineyards are a lot more homogeneous, so the vines are very balanced: the two vineyards used for Pingus, San Cristobal and Barroso, were planted in 1929 with two different massale selections. The palate is also approachable and gentle, with very good acidity and very fine tannins, elegance and character. I think there will be very few (or none!) wines in Ribera in 2013 like this Pingus. Well done! Three weeks later, I received an email letting me know that the wine had been bottled, so I proceeded to taste the bottle version, which showed what the sample promised. 2013 will be a vintage, that in Ribera del Duero, will show the differences of the work in the vineyards and what they do at Pingus clearly paid off. Even after the recent operation, the wine is harmonious and feels very balanced; there is no dizziness and it keeps the poise. A real triumph for the vintage. 6,600 bottles were filled at the end of July 2015.\