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2012 Ossian Capitel Verdejo - 93 PTS - IWC

tanzer iwc 93 pts"(all verdejo, from ungrafted vines that are now reportedly more than a century old): Hazy yellow. Deeply pitched, smoky pear and peach pit aromas are brightened by gingery spices, a hint of quinine and dusty minerals. Intense orchard and pit fruit flavors stain the palate, picking up citrus zest and bitter pear skin qualities with air. Succulent herb and anise notes linger on the strikingly long, chewy, penetrating finish, which features suave leesy and mineral qualities."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September/October 2014), 93 pts

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2012 Ossian Capitel Verdejo - 93 PTS - JS

james suckling logo 250"The white peach and sliced apple aromas are enchanting. Full body, lots of fruit and a long and flavorful finish. Made from 100-year-old pre-phylloxera verdejo vines. Aged in 50% used and 50% new French oak barrels. Drink now. - James Suckling"
- James Suckling (Real Spain Wines Shine Trough, July 2015), 93 pts

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2012 Ossian Capitel Verdejo - 93 PTS - WA

wa93"The 2012 Capitel is produced with the fruit of centenary, head-pruned, ungrafted Verdejo grapes grown in Nieva, in the province of Segovia. This is the cooler part of the Rueda appellation on a limited part of the village where the soils are rich in slate and the vineyards are located at nearly 900 meters altitude. As soon as you put your nose in the glass you know this wine is different, and I think the soil immediately makes it different from the rest of the wines from the region. It has a marked balsamic personality, with aromas of cedar wood, bay leaf, cigar ash and yellow fruit. The palate is powerful, shows good concentration, balance and acidity, if still a little marked by the oak, ending dry and with an austere, mineral sensation. I'd be interested to see how this wine ages. This is a powerful, concentrated Verdejo full of character. Drink now-2020. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue #214, August 2014), 93 pts

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2013 Ossian Capitel Verdejo - 93 PTS - WA

wa93"The top of the range here is produced with the oldest vines Ossian has, in the cold village of Nieva (Segovia) on slate soils at 900 meters altitude. The 2013 Capitel is truly different from all the rest of the wines I've tasted from the region; there are not that many vineyards on slate soils. There are some fine balsamic and creamy aromas over a core of yellow plums, Indian spices and wet stones (a touch of moss? freshly cut grass on wet stones?). The palate is powerful, with pungent flavors and a marked bitter note in the finish; it is very intense and almost piquant. It has the concentration, structure and acidity to develop nicely in bottle. Some 2,200 bottles were produced. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #221, October 2015), 93 pts

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2014 Ossian Capitel Verdejo - 93 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Bright gold. Ripe orchard and tropical fruits and lemon curd on the highly fragrant, mineral-accented nose. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering ripe pear, nectarine and mango flavors accompanied by hints of vanilla and honey. Finishes with powerful mineral lift, excellent persistence, and a sappy peach nectar quality. The blend of richness and vivacity displayed by this wine is awfully impressive. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (May 2017), 93 pts

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