Luberri Press

From Vinous (International Wine Cellar)

91 Points
2010 Bodegas Monje Amestoy Seis de Luberri Rioja
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($19) (all tempranillo, aged in French and American oak for six months): Deep ruby color. Sexy, oak-spiced raspberry and cherry scents show very good energy and hints of lavender and vanilla. Smooth, seamless and appealingly sweet, offering juicy red fruit flavors that put on weight with air. Dusty tannins come in late on the finish, where they're quickly absorbed by the wine's vivacious fruit.

91 Points
2010 Luberri Monje Amestoy Biga Rioja Crianza
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($23) (all tempranillo; aged in French and American oak for a year): Brilliant ruby. Vibrant red fruit and floral scents are complicated by anise, pipe tobacco and woodsmoke. Fresh and focused on the palate, offering gently sweet cherry and redcurrant flavors that put on weight with air. Shows very good energy and thrust on the clinging finish, which is given shape by smooth, slow-building tannins. This wine drinks very nicely now with an hour or so of aeration.

89 Points
2013 Luberri Monje Amestoy Orlegi Rioja
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($15) (95% tempranillo and 5% viura; made via carbonic maceration): Vivid ruby-red. Lively cherry and black raspberry scents show good clarity and hints of white pepper and allspice. Fresh and focused on the palate, with a silky, seamless texture to the juicy red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Closes on a spicy note, with no obvious tannins and clean tangy cut.

91 Points
2009 Luberri Monje Amestoy Biga Rioja Crianza
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($23) (all tempranillo):  Brilliant ruby.  Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of cherry, black raspberry and vanilla, with a smoky overtone.  Sweet, penetrating dark fruit flavors brighten with air, picking up suave floral and spicecake qualities and a hint of licorice.  Silky tannins frame the finish, which leaves a note of candied rose behind.

90 Points
2012 Luberri Monje Amestoy Orlegi Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($15) (100% tempranillo):  Brilliant ruby.  Sexy, fragrant black raspberry, floral and spicecake scents show very good energy and clarity.  Lively and precise, offering silky red and dark berry flavors and a touch of cola.  The floral note comes back on the finish, which clings with very good tenacity and just a hint of tannins. 

91 points
2006 Luberri Monje Amestoy Seis de Luberri Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($31) (100% tempranillo, aged for 16 months in French and American oak):  Deep red.  Complex, smoky aromas of red fruits, potpourri and musky herbs, with a spicy topnote.  Sappy and precise, showing very good depth to its sweet cherry and rose pastille flavors.  Soft tannins come up with air and add shape to the long, fruity, focused finish.  I'd drink this over the next few years while the fruit is to the fore, but I have little doubt that it will continue to show well over the next decade.

90 points
2009 Luberri Monje Amestoy Seis de Luberri Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($18) (100% tempranillo, fermented in stainless steel and aged in a combination of French and American oak):  Bright ruby-red.  Aromas and flavors of cherry, red- and blackcurrant and candied rose, with a smoky accent.  Shows very good vivacity for this ripe vintage, finishing with strong cut and lingering spiciness.

90 points
2008 Luberri Monje Amestoy Biga Rioja Crianza
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($22) (100% tempranillo aged for one year in French and American oak):  Bright ruby-red.  Dried cherry and redcurrant on the pungent nose, with suggestions of cured tobacco, anise and cedar adding complexity.  Juicy and taut on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering sweet red fruit flavors and a hint of licorice pastille.  Closes on a gently tannic note, with firm grip and lingering spiciness.  This wine drinks well now with some air but will be even better with a couple more years of bottle age.

88 points
2011 Luberri Monje Amestoy Orlegi Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($13) (100% tempranillo, all done in stainless steel):  Vivid ruby.  Bright, intensely perfumed aromas of red berries and cherry pit, with a peppery accent.  Juicy and silky in the mouth, with tangy redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors lifted by a spicy nuance.  The nicely focused finish leaves a tart berry skin note behind.