These latest two selections have both been named as "outstanding" offerings from Spain by Robert Parker, Jr. Our regular readers will no doubt recognize the Portal label as a familiar friend. Adding either (or both!) of these to your pantry is easy: email me at or call me at 203-656-9463 to place an order.


Viña Magaña Navarra “Dignus” Tinto 2012
91 Points
“The 2012 Dignus is a blend of 50% Tempranillo, 25% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon from vines planted in 1970 that was aged 12 months in 3-year-ol French oak. It exhibits lovely blackcurrant and black cherry fruit intermixed with licorice, Provençal herbs, loamy soil and hints of spice box and background oak. Medium to full-bodied with fresh acids, it is a zesty, opulent, delicious, complex red wine to consume over the next 3 – 4 years.”
$20 the bottle

Vinos Piñol Terra Alta ‘Portal’ Tinto 2011

92 Points
“The 2011 Portal Tinto is composed of 50% Grenache, 20% Carignan and the rest equal parts Merlot, Syrah and Tempranillo that was aged 12 months in a combination of mostly French, but some American oak. It is a deep ruby/purple-colored, full-throttle, dense, opulently textured red displaying loads of black cherry and blackcurrant fruit intermixed with licorice, graphite and spice box. The wine possesses a terrific texture, a dense yet impeccably well-balanced mouthfeel, and a long finish.”
$23 the bottle