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On 16 July 2015


HOT WINES These are the most exciting discoveries from our editors’ most recent tastings, published exclusively in Wine Spectator Insider. They are high-scoring wines from around the world that may be difficult to find, but are worth seeking out.

Abadia Retuerta
Viño de la Tierra de Castilla y León Sardon de Duero Selección
Especial 2011
94 points | $30 | 30,000 cases made | Red
Alluring for its plush texture and impressive for its depth, this red
delivers plum, currant, licorice, tar and mineral flavors that are
rich and focused. The firm tannins are well-integrated, kept lively
by fresh acidity. Smoke and floral notes mingle on the long finish.
Drink now through 2031. From Spain.—T.M.

Bodegas Vega Sicilia
Ribera del Duero Unico 2007
94 points | $450 | 6,500 cases made | Red
This harmonious red is balanced and deep, offering ripe plum and
currant flavors, with black pepper, tobacco, licorice and mineral
accents. Delivers plenty of structure, with well-integrated tannins
and lively acidity. The wine remains graceful through the long,
spicy finish. Drink now through 2027. From Spain.—T.M.

Rioja Reserva 2009
91 points | $48 | 17,000 cases made | Red
Smoky and toasty notes frame black cherry, licorice and espresso
flavors in this polished red. The light, firm tannins are well-integrated
and crisp acidity keeps this fresh. Supple, graceful and
balanced. Drink now through 2022.—T.M.