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Spanish Wine Exclusives bottle sticker Each of our selections is excellent in quality, highly enjoyable and an authentic expression of the terroir where it was created. Each also has a personal story behind it that reflects the passion, dedication and independent spirit of the individuals who created it. [ jump to wines!]

The personal stories are more than just the fulfillment of winemaking dreams, they also exemplify different threads within Spanish wine culture today, and are a big part of why we have decided to work with them. Each adds an exciting, informative—and we think—important voice to the vanguard of today's conversation about Spanish wine culture. We have created a blog at SpanishWineCulture.org to cover these and other voices and threads in more depth.

The other connection between our selections is that there simply aren't many bottles of these wines to go around. Each is a small production wine (from 100 to 4,000 cases per vintage). In the case of our Rare Old Vintage discoveries, they may have been larger production wines when they were released, but due to the scarcity of significantly aged wines in good condition, they have become rarities.

Our selections are available to wine lovers in the US from our Featured Merchants and retail purchases must be made directly from them. Spanish-Wine-Exclusives is NOT a retail merchant and we are not licensed to sell to the general public.

Our wines are typically 20 to 25% lower priced than wines of the same cost when distributed in a more conventional manner. See our About Us page for more on how we do it.

We have agreements with each winery for exclusive distribution of the current releases of these wines in the US. Our Rare Old Vintage selections are rare and difficult to source, but there is a chance that you may find a few stray bottles of these wines on the secondary market (as you possibly might for any wine sold in foreign markets).

Please note that prices listed below are suggested retail prices (SRP) and actual prices will vary from merchant to merchant. Additionally, please note that although we do our best to keep the below links to specific merchants up to date, because of the fluid nature of retail wine inventory, they do not guarantee the wines are in stock at any given moment—only that the merchant has carried the wine recently, and should be able to re-order, if still available. Please check with merchants to confirm availability.


SPANISH-WINE-EXCLUSIVES' SELECTIONS

Rare Old Vintages
We are always in search of caches of well-stored, mature wines—especially from great vintages. Two offerings are below. For more on our old vintage offerings and our entire seletion Click Here.

1982 Añares
Añares Reserva label1982 is an undisputedly great year in Rioja, and this vibrant Reserva beautifully displays the richness of the vintage.

Añares 1982 Reserva
Rioja DOCa Red
$135.00
Full of aged cherry and strawberry notes with lively earth and tobacco tones, this captivating red is just hitting its peak. Fine acidity and sturdy, ripe tannins buttress the long, smooth finish. From a private collection in the North of Spain.
Order Now from retail merchant Despaña Vinos y Mas: 212 219-1550

1970 Royal Tête de Cuvée
1970 is an legendary year in Rioja, and this remarkably fragrant Gran Reserva is a gorgeous example of the pleasures to be had in well-stored, classic Rioja.

Franco-Espanolas "Royal Tête de Cuvée" 1970 Gran Reserva
Rioja DOCa Red
$150.00
The bouquet is laden with strawberry, tobacco and leather notes, while the palate is delicate yet lively, showing all the silky smoothness one hopes for in a fine, aged wine. Harmonious acidity and fine tannins carry into a long, fragrant and effortless finish. From a private collection in the North of Spain.
Order Now from retail merchant Despaña Vinos y Mas: 212 219-1550
Order Now from retail merchant Flatiron Wines & Spirits

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Adur
This small, vineyard-driven winery is the personal project of husband and wife team Héctor and Maitena Irureta, who are both talented winemakers, he in Rioja and she in France. Together they create brilliant Txakoli.

Adur Getariako Txakolina Adur 2012 Getariako Txakolina White $23
This crisp, bright and mineral white is a beautiful expression of what the native Basque Hondarrabia Zuri grape can achieve when treated as a serious grape.
Order Now from retail Merchant Vintry Fine Wines

Basilio Izquierdo
This innovative personal project from one of Rioja's legendary winemakers revives lost winemaking traditions through expressive old-vine blends and charts new paths in top quality whites from Spain. Click for the full story.

B de Basilio White label “B de Basilio” 2010 Rioja White $56
One of the most complex and skillfully made barrel-aged whites from Spain. [more]
Order Now from retail Merchant Vintry Fine Wines

“B de Basilio” 2007 Rioja Red $56
B de Basilio Red label An amazingly silky, succulent, suave old vine red that revives a lost blend. [more]
Order Now from retail merchant Vintry Fine Wines

Castro de Lobarzán
This small, family winery in the village of Villaza in Galicia makes outstanding, mineral-driven, terroir-oozing wines which reflect their efforts reviving the centuries old wine heritage of the area.
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Castro de Lobarzán label Castro de Lobarzán 2012
Monterrei White
$20
This Godello-based wine, is layered in chalky minerality and offers a silky blend of pure, ripe fruit, elegant intensity and bright acidity. [more]
Order Now from retail merchant Despaña Vinos y Mas: 212 219-1550  ·  Order Now from retail merchant Flatiron Wines & Spirits

Celler la Muntanya
Celler la Muntanya is a powerful vision of winemaking that joins micro-vineyard growers, organic practices, cultural heritage and economic sustainability to create outstanding wines.
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Albir 2010 & 2011, White $24
Albir White label This lively white blend offers a beguiling mix of freshness, complexity and flavorful body. The nose is replete with pear, green apple and melon scents topped with slaty mineral and wild herb tones. 2010 Peñin Guide 90/***** [more]
Order Now from retail merchant Despaña Vinos y Mas: 212 219-1550
Albir Lliure White label
Lliure Albir 2009, White $56
This super low production barrel-aged white is among Spain's elite whites in richness, class and character. Fine pineapple, peach and apricot aromas are interwoven with soft vanilla and delicate anise into mint tones. Peñin Guide 93 [more]
Order Now from retail merchant Despaña Vinos y Mas: 212 219-1550
Negre Red label
Negre 2009, Red $24
This juicy and flavor rich red offers up the elegant side of Mediterranean wine. Bright ruby purple in color the bouquet is bursting with red cherry flavors along with notes of raspberry, plum and savory aromatic herbs. Peñin Guide 93/***** [more]
Order Now from retail merchant Despaña Vinos y Mas: 212 219-1550
Dolç Sweet White label
Dolç 2009, Sweet White 375ml $39
A remarkably silky and filigreed dessert white. A top note of white flower is followed by a core of pear, apricot and honey scents. Outstanding for those that don't like their dessert wines too sweet. Peñin Guide 92 [more]
Order Now from retail merchant Despaña Vinos y Mas: 212 219-1550

Equipo Navazos
Equipo Navazos is the premiere producer of rare Sherries and other limited, cask selections. They started to share cellar treasures among friends, but have since made small commercial releases to extremely high praise in the world wine press. We are very proud to offer "I Think" Manzanilla in the US for the first time. Click for the full story. "I Think" Manzanilla front label.

"I Think" Manzanilla (drawn Feb. 2013) 375ml, $17
This outstanding "en rama" (in the raw) dry Sherry is pungent with scents of waxy honey, white flower and salty almond. The palate is tangy, vibrant and expansive with underlying yeasty, honeyed richness at the core. The essence of fresh Manzanilla. WA 91 [more]
Order Now from retail merchant Despaña Vinos y Mas: 212 219-1550  ·  Order Now from retail merchant Flatiron Wines & Spirits·  Order Now from retail merchant Vintry Fine Wines

Estrela
Estrela is a tiny, family owned winery borne out of tradition and love for the steep, terraced old vine slate vineyards of Amandi in Ribeira Sacra. They have rejuvenated many of the old ways to make a wine of great character. Click for the full story. Estrela label

Estrela 2011 & 2012 Ribeira Sacra-Amandi Red $20
A pure and naturally made old vine Mencía-based red, offering layered aromatics, loads of mineral laced fruit and a lively, balanced palate that show off the character of its ancient vineyards. [more]
Order Now from retail merchant Flatiron Wines & Spirits

Horacio Calvente
This enterprising, small family winery is at the cutting egde of winemaking in the rising region of Granada. Both reviving old vine vineyard plots and experimenting with international varietals they are making distinctive high quality wines.
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  Calvente Guindalera Single Vineyard Granada Dry Moscatel label
Horacio Calvente Castillejos Single Vineyard red label
Horacio Calvente 2011 Guindalera Single Vineyard Granada Dry Moscatel white
This remarkably fragrant and floral dry Moscatel is from old vine fruit and graced the wine list at El Bulli. Like a bouquet of white flowers on the nose with notes of melon, citrus, white peach and anise. Crisp, fresh and deeply mineral on the balanced palate. Very elegant and sophisticated. [more]
Order Now from retail Merchant Vintry Fine Wines

Horacio Calvente 2009 Castillejos Single Vineyard Granada red $34
This exotic, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah based blend is rich, juicy and smooth with deep black currant flavors and chocolate and spice tones. Long and built for aging. [more]
Order Now from retail merchant Despaña Vinos y Mas: 212 219-1550

Lazarus Wine
Imagine a wine created by an award-winning winemaker/enology professor with the help of blind winemakers. Not a gimmick, this is a groundbreaking new process called Sensorial Winemaking, in which blind winemakers bring their exceptionally keen perceptions to bare in the myriad decisions that go into making great wine. Click for the full story.

  Lazarus Green Label label
Lazarus Orange Label label
Lazarus “Green Label” 2010 White, VT Ribera del Gállego - Cinco Villas $18
We find this wine to be one of the Spain's finest Viogniers, showing world class quality while offering a distinctively Spanish character. Clear, pale straw color, the nose is fragrant with white flowers, honeysuckle and mulberry leaf scents. [more]
Lazarus “Orange Label” 2007 Red, VT Ribera del Gállego - Cinco Villas $26
Sporting a Braille label, the new vintage of this fantastically fragrant and harmonious wine shows terroir inflected stone and iron minerality, sexy earth tones, chewy ripe cherry fruit and a bright, flavorful finish. W&S 92 [more]

Vinyes d'Olivardots
Vinyes d'Olivardots creates terroir-driven wines that employ innovative viticulture and are masterfully crafted in a modern style by Proprietor Carme Cascaberta with the help of Spanish winemaking luminaries Sara and José Luis Pérez. Click for the full story.

  Blanc de Gresa label
Finca Olivardots label
Gresa Expressio label
Vinyes d'Olivardots “Blanc de Gresa” 2011 Empordà White $28
This white blend of very old vine (90-110 years old) from scarcely planted varietals (Garnacha Blanca, Garnacha Rosada and Cariñena Blanca) is full of character and flavor. [more]

Vinyes d'Olivardots “Finca Olivardots” 2011 Empordà Red $25
This lush and forward red features deep berry flavors with a smooth mouthfeel, good acidity, silky mid-palate, and a lively, creamy plum and berry finish with chocolate brownie nuances. [more] Order Now from retail merchant Despaña Vinos y Mas: 212 219-1550

Vinyes d'Olivardots “Gresa Expressió” 2007 Empordà Red $40
This plush, deep and mineral laden wine takes its name from the gray granite/sandy soil its ancient vines are grown in, Gresa. [more]
Order Now from retail merchant Vintry Fine Wines

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