2006 Bodegas Breton Lorinon Blanco Rioja

($13) Light yellow. Spicy pear and apple aromas are complemented by subtle butter and mint. This was raised in barriques but I don't detect any overt oak tones. Crisp and precise but gentle in texture, with ripe orchard fruit flavors and a kiss of lemon zest. Drink this early to enjoy the bright fruit.

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2003 Bodegas Breton Dominio de Conte Reserva Rioja

($30) Dark red. Subdued cherry and plum aromas slowly unfurl to display smoked meat, tobacco, graphite and mocha. Ripe, plummy dark fruit flavors betray a slightly roasted quality. Picks up a tart cherry skin note on the finish, along with repeating tobacco and mineral notes. I'd drink this on the young side.

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2003 Bodegas Breton Lorinon Reserva Rioja

($18) Medium red. Cedary redcurrant and cherry on the nose, with musky underbrush and tobacco adding interest. Light and surprisingly crisp for this vintage, from which so many wines came out roasted and pruney. Fresh red berry and bitter cherry flavors extend through the persistent, juicy finish. Picked up riper tones with air and also gained a distinctly warm tone. I guess that the vintage is having its way here after all.

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2003 Bodegas Breton Alba de Breton Rioja

($53) Ruby-red. Ripe and toasty, with strong kirsch and plum aromas complemented by vanillin oak and cigar box. Sweet dark fruit flavors are brightened by racy acidity and firm up on the back, with dusty tannins coming on strong. Finishes with a sweet, juicy cherry note and very good length.

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2001 Bodegas Breton Lorinon Gran Reserva Rioja

($33) Dark red. Spicy cherry and red berry aromas are accented by tobacco, cigar box, musky underbrush and a subtle vanilla quality. Medium in weight, with suave red berry and bitter cherry flavors complicated by licorice and truffle. Fine-grained tannins build on the finish, which is lightly sweet and very persistent. This is quite elegant. (Classical Wines From Spain, Seattle, WA)

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