Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2016

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MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS Call 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) • Visit us at • Complimentary delivery on all orders over $150 in NY and CT 159 s p A in i n The c o M pany o F g ian T s T he story of Finca Villacreces starts in the vineyard, which runs along the river Duero, otherwise known as the 'Golden Mile'. Here, you'll find the vineyards of Vega Sicilia immediately to the west, along with Pingus and, of course, Finca Villacreces. In 2003, Lalo Anton purchased the vineyard and immediately began to set a new standard for the property. Vast replanting took place, along with the addition of organic practices and hand-tending of the vines. The 2014 Pruno is the result of a decade worth of work. It is made primarily from Tempranillo, with a small addition of Cabernet Sauvignon, which are both hand sorted and vinified separately prior to blending. Aging takes place in fine grained, French Darnajou barrels, which adds a sheen of classy oak, yet never overwhelms Pruno's intense dark fruit and layered aromatics. ✦ f inca v illacreces Pruno Ribera del Duero 2014 WS 90 » $23 "Plum and boysenberry flavors are ripe and juicy in this plump red. Notes of tar and mineral impart a savory aspect, while firm tannins and orange peel acidity lend focus." (1632014) e sche W The n or M o livier Riviere credits his knowledge of and interest in biodynamic winemaking to the time he spent working at Domaine Leroy. At the time, he didn't see himself going to Spain, yet fate placed him in Rioja, searching for vineyards where he could make an honest wine that eschewed the norm. Shunning over-extraction, high alcohol and overt oakiness, Olivier was faced with the challenge of showing wine-lovers that Spain was capable of much more than they expected. We don't often think about terroir when we speak of Spain, but that's exactly what Olivier and his wine El Cadastro is all about. El Cadastro is sourced from four small vineyards around the village of Covarrubias. It's a blend of old-vine Tempranillo, along with a small amount of Garnacha and various native varieties that are found scattered throughout these ancient vines. In the winery, the juice sees fermentation with only half of the bunches destemmed, before the wine is refined in large, neutral barrels. What emerges is rich and intense, yet lifted, refined, floral and finessed. ✦ Olivier Riviere e l Cadastro Arlanza 2012 LG 94 » $39 "...the finest and better-balanced Viñas del Cadastro so incredible value for money." (1632011)

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