Wine Review Online - July 2020

Jul 01, 2020

Wine Review Online Editor and Managing Partner, Michael Franz, has recently published a number of reviews for our wines including the following. Please click links for the full and highly descriptive reviews.

Angel de Arrocal 2015 D.O. Ribera del Duero
"this wine provides an object lesson in what venerable Tempranillo vines from Ribera del Duero can achieve when they are deftly tended and their fruit is skillfully crafted….lavished with expensive treatment…the sensory signature is more spicy and toasty than smoky…This is already delicious…a great value at its price."
93 points

Arrocal Seleccion 2017 D.O. Ribera del Duero
"arguably Spain’s best source for pure but powerful Tempranillo…very careful growing, picking, winemaking and aging…a deeply satisfying wine of richness and power…notes of spice and light toast…These wines age slowly and beautifully…though they are also delicious immediately upon release. What more could you ask for?"
93 points

Esencia Divina Albariño 2019 D.O. Rias Baixas
"this is flat-out great Albariño…subtle but expressive aromas…A completely convincing rendition of Albariño, which is arguably the world’s best and most versatile vinous partner for seafood."
94 points

Mar de Viñas Albariño 2019 D.O. Rias Baixas
"I’d bet my house that if you tasted this without me having tipped you off, you’d never guess this is a producer’s “second wine.” And if that were indeed to happen, nobody could blame you for failing to guess that, as this is better than most Albariño producers’ flagship bottling…utterly delicious flavors…"
92 points

PAAL 01 Syrah 2015 D.O. Navarra
"gorgeous blackberry and black cherry fruit, this is a sexpot of a wine…nice savory undertones…sheer deliciousness."
91 points

Pago de la Jaraba Sauvignon Blanc 2019 D.O.P. La Jaraba
"seriously delicious and impressive Sauvignon…supremely refreshing…very versatile for sipping or partnering with foods at the table…melon and citrus notes on the Sauvignon spectrum…really solid work in the cellar."
91 points

Txakoli Malda 2019 D.O. Getariako Txakolina
"among the handful of most refreshing wines in the world—if not the single most refreshing, even surpassing Portugal’s Vinho Verde…aromas and flavors recalling squeezed lime juice and tart green apple…if you love unadorned, freshly shucked oysters, this is the ticket to heaven."
91 points