2013 Triga Alicante, Valencia (750ml)

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Country: Spain
Region: Valencia
Grape Varietal: Mourvedre
Review Score: 92V, 91WA, 90WE

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Bright purple. Heady, expansive aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, incense and vanilla, with a sexy floral nuance building in the glass. Stains the palate with sweet boysenberry and violet pastille flavors, showing outstanding depth, vibrancy and juicy acidity. The lingering finish is shaped by supple, slow-building tannins, displaying excellent tenacity and repeating floral character. Made from Monastrell vines planted in 1925.

92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Jan 2016)

The 2013 Triga is a blend of Monastrell and Cabernet Sauvignon from five different vineyards, some older and some younger, fermented with indigenous yeasts. It matured in a combination of French and American barriques for some 20 months. It is bottled with a whopping 16% alcohol, which will tell you something about the ripeness of the grapes. The nose is completely dominated by oak aromas, smoke, toast, plenty of spices and even sawdust, that cover the rest of the sensations and make it quite difficult to get to the core of ripe fruit. The palate is also very oaky, but the depth of the fruit provided by the old vines seems to be able to stand the oak regime imparted to the wine here. Ripe, extracted and oaky wine for fans of the style, but you need to cellar it for a couple of years for the effect of the oak to diminish. 23,000 bottles.

91 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 225 - Jun 2016)

Aromas of charred hickory and toasty black fruits are massive. This 15.5% bruiser feels both tannic and hot, while flavors of buttery toasted oak along with fig, raisin and carob follow the nose. Heat is a tolerable issue on the finish. Drink through 2022.

90 points, Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Feb 2017)