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    Luis Gutiérrez is in a wine critic team of Wine Advocate. He is focused on Spain, Argentina, Chile and Jura regions.

    He comes from an IT background with over two decades of experience working for a large multinational company in Madrid, sharing his free time between his family and wine. He lives in the Spanish capital with his British-Irish-Italian wife and their three children.

    He's a founding member of elmundovino.com, the dean and most prestigious wine website published in Spanish, where he has written and tasted since its creation in the year 2000. He also writes for other publications belonging to the El Mundo newspaper in Spain as well as contributing to different wine and gastronomy publications in Spain, Portugal, Puerto Rico and the UK. Awarded the title Cavaleiro da Confraria do Vinho do Porto in 2004, Port and Douro being some of his favourite regions and wines as he writes about what is happening in the wine world in Spain and Portugal, with occasional articles on Burgundy, Rhône, German Riesling, Champagne or other classic regions in Europe. He writes locally about foreign wines, and abroad mainly about Spanish wines.

    Luis contributed to most of the Spanish entries for the 2008 book 1001 Wines You Must Try (or Taste, depending on country) Before You Die. He is also one of the co-authors of The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain published in 2011 in the UK and US and in 2012 in Japan, which won the 2011 André Simon Special Commendation Award in London.

    He's been the Spanish specialist correspondent for Jancisrobinson.com since May 2011 and received the Spanish National Gastronomy Award for journalism in November 2012 from the Spanish Minister for Tourism.

    And more than anything, he enjoys learning about wine, the wine people and places, travelling, tasting, reading, writing, eating and drinking and especially sharing great food and great bottles with friends whenever there's a good excuse for it!

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Luis Gutierrez, Wine Writer (Spain)  had a tasting of  46 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Vina Real Reserva 1883 / This is the year when they built the big winery at Riscal. The fruit came from ungrafted vines, as phylloxera did not arrive in Rioja until 1899. The bottle had never been recorked, and the cork was clearly branded with the vintage and was surprisingly long, especially for being that old. According to Francisco Hurtado de Amézaga the showing of this wine is typical of the pre-phylloxera wines.


Amber rim, with a deep orange colour, like the old traditional roof tiles in the Spanish villages. Ethereal. Quintessential Rioja. Forest floor and cold bonfire notes. Roast beef too. Constantly changing, up and down, it comes and goes and starts all over again. Because it is alive. Fragile but strong. Complexity, balance, elegance and power. Perfection. Sweet. A world class wine. A privilege. (LG)

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Unico 1996, Bodegas Vega Sicilia
Marques de Riscal Reserva 1964, Marqués de Riscal
Marques de Riscal Reserva 1929, Marqués de Riscal
Marqués de Riscal Gran Reserva 2010, Marqués de Riscal
Marques de Riscal Reserva 1948, Marqués de Riscal
Marques de Riscal Reserva 1938, Marqués de Riscal
Marques de Riscal Reserva 1956, Marqués de Riscal
Baron de Chirel Reserva 2010, Marqués de Riscal
Marques de Riscal Reserva 1945, Marqués de Riscal
Marques de Riscal Reserva 1952, Marqués de Riscal
Marques de Riscal Reserva 1883, Marqués de Riscal
Comte de M 2002, Château Kefraya
Reserve 2003, Château Kefraya
Reserve 2002, Château Kefraya
Viña Gravonia 2002, Lopez de Heredia
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1949, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1959, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1976, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1973, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1946, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1964, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1991, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1938, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 2001, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1962, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1941, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1954, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1981, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1988, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1968, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1978, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 1952, C.V.N.E /Cune
Vina Real Gran Reserva 2004, C.V.N.E /Cune
Château Ksara 1996, Chateau Ksara
Château Ksara 1999, Chateau Ksara
Blanc de L’Observatoire 2007, Chateau Ksara
Le Prieuré 2005, Chateau Ksara
Gris de Gris 2006, Chateau Ksara
Le Souverain 2004, Chateau Ksara
Château Ksara 1985, Chateau Ksara
Cuvée de Printemps 2006, Chateau Ksara
Château Ksara 2002, Chateau Ksara
Silver Selection Red 2005, Massaya
Gold Reserve 2006, Massaya
Gold Reserve 2004, Massaya
Buena Pinta 2010, Bodegas Ponce

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Writer (Spain)  had a tasting of  20 Wines  from  6 Producers 

I tasted the 2006 Único again, and it's clearly the best Único produced in the last few years, to which I don't find much logic, as on paper 2004 and 2005 were better years in Ribera del Duero. However it is, the 2006 is a fantastic modern Vega Sicilia in the making, powerful and clean, still very young and marked by the élevage with a whiff of American oak and a creamy texture in the palate. It should age very well for a very long time. I'd wait to pull the cork, even if it's drinkable and quite showy already. This is the current vintage in 2018, even if the 2007 and 2008 were released before it and even before the 2005. In 2019 they will release the 2009. 93,993 bottles, 2,552 magnums, 165 double magnums and six imperials were produced. Drink 2020-2035.

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Luis Gutierrez, Wine Writer (Spain)  had a tasting of  26 Wines  from  5 Producers 

Bodegas Muga / Torre Muga 2015 / I tasted a super young 2016 Torre Muga that had only been in bottle for some four months. But even so, the year seems to be approachable and open. Even if the wine has concentration and power, it has great balance and freshness. And it's drinkable now, even if it's going to get polished with some more time in bottle, where it should have a long life. This was the most modern of the wines in the portfolio, but I think the modern and traditional styles have been converging over the years, and nowadays there is not a huge difference between them. And for its age, it feels quite round, and it doesn't have edges or any harsh tannins; the oak is present but it's neatly integrated in the wine. It has to be one of the finest vintages for Torre Muga. 36,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in early 2019.

Muga own close to 350 hectares of vineyards, as they think that even if you pay very high prices for grapes, you don't get the same quality as you get from your own vineyards. Some ten years ago, they had maybe 130 or 140 hectares of vineyards, and they are going to continue buying quality vineyards when they become available. So, they have increased their vineyards but production is stable. 2018 has been a variable vintage, with enough water and a tendency for high yields that they control, but they will probably produce Crianza/Reserva and perhaps Selección Especial, so no Torre Muga, Prado Enea or Aro. In 2017, they only produced their Crianza/Reserva. They are very happy with 2015 and 2016, even if they are different.

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