Pago la Jara 1999 Telmo Rodriguez
This is a low-priced, yet exceptionally rich, concentrated 1999 Dehesa Gago. Pardon the pun, but readers will go gaga over this exceptional value. Made from 100% Tinto de Toro (the local clone of Tempranillo), it was vinified and aged in stainless steel tanks. A majestic fruit bomb, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as an intense nose of melted licorice, creme de cassis, and flowers. Extremely full-bodied and unctuously-textured, with superb purity, this rich, gorgeously layered wine is almost too good to be true. The bad news is only 700 cases were made; the good news is all of it was shipped to the United States. Enjoy this beauty over the next 5-8 years, although it may last even longer. Readers should run, not walk, to their favorite wine merchant to grab a few bottles of this nectar.