Just released — I would suggest you move pretty quickly as these are highly anticipated. The Wine Exchange might has the most competitive prices I have seen to date. You can also go to wine-searcher.com. These are some of the most compelling wines out of Spain. Yes, they are new world in style — and there may be some that will find these to be too big, too forward, too extracted — but I actually think these show some restraint compared to a lot of Chris Ringland’s other wines — I actually think these are the best wines he produces.
This is the fourth addition of one of the most impressive new projects in all of Spain. This is a joint project featuring an all-star cast, the Gil family, who has done so much to put Jumilla on the map with the wines from Finca Luzon, wine broker Jorge Ordonez, one of the pioneers for unearthing high quality wines from all over Spain and creator of such labels as Numanthia, and famed Barossa winemaker, Chris Ringland, who has a number of things on his resume including R Wines, a multifaceted project with Dan Philips, Ringland wines, and Greenock Creek. This project started in the most difficult recent vintage in Spain, 2002, yet the reviews were amazing. They only got better from there. These guys were serious about making a statement and they pulled no punches.
The Clio is a blend of mostly Mourvedre from 60+ year old vines with the balance from a ‘younger vine’ (25 years) Cabernet. The Wine Advocate reviews for Clio: 2002 (93 points), 2003 (96), and 2004 (97). The El Nido ‘big dog’, called El Nido, is the reverse blend of 70% Cabernet and 30% old vine Mourvedre. It has an even more illustrious 3 year history with the the 2002, 2003, and 2004 versions weighing in at Wine Advocate 96, 97, and 99 respectively. The 2005s just came out and haven’t been scored yet. But given the vintage and the track record of this source, it hardly seems like much of a gamble.
December 2008 Update
The 2006 vintage was just released…..seems like it is hard to keep in stock. Wine-searcher.com might be the best bet.