Tag: Rioja

Bodegas Carlos Serres Vega del Rayo Rioja Reserva 2011, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose, blueberries, cherries, licorice, light wood, earth, vinaigrette, tobacco, bitter herbs, spices, barnyard, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, vegetables, earth, blueberries, light cedar, wet leaves, coffee and peppercorn.

Short finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 9 year old Rioja is still drinking nicely, although it’s on the way out.

Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel, but a little oxidized on the nose.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

Tangy, and a good food wine. I paired it with a Turkey burger and fries.

A blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

Bodegas Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja 2006, Spain

A beautiful color of ruby with a wide brick rim.

Light and gentle nose of blueberries, black cherries, black currants, light oak, Indian spices, cinnamon, light licorice, coffee, light vinaigrette, curry and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, light cedar, vegetables, coffee, tobacco leaf, herbs, black tea, peppercorn, vinaigrette and earth.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 14 year old is drinking very nicely now, although not from the best vintage.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show the beautiful nose, but pretty good right out of the bottle too.

This Gran Reserva is always enjoyable. A nice wine to have by itself or with food, and especially great with fatty cheeses.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$28.

Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva Rioja 2006, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick/ reddish rim.

Great nose of black currants, sweet cherries, blueberries, wood, cloves, vanilla, espresso, cola, light vegetables, tobacco leaf, cumin, saffron, graphite, herbs, Indian spices, earth and dark chocolates.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, oak, spices, earth, dark chocolates, graphite, peppercorn and leather.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a delicious 14 year old Rioja Gran Reserva. Drinking very nicely now, but still a little hot at the back of the throat. Tangy and soft with great complexity especially on the nose.

Needs 2 hours open up, and even better after 3 hours.

A nice wine to pair with food, but definitely good by itself too. Loved smelling on it for a long time.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me. Really enjoyed it.

Robert Parker 96 points. Wine Spectator 92 points.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and 10% Mazuelo and Graciano.

14% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$75.

Elvi Wines Herenza Rioja Crianza 2016, Spain

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, cherries, sweet strawberries, cedar, wild flowers, vanilla, liquorice, cloves, dark chocolates, coffee, tobacco and peppercorn.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, currants, raspberries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coke, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very enjoyable wine from Spain. Tangy and spicy. Really enjoyed the nose here, simpler on the palate. Showing mild complexity with a tangy finish.

Fruit forward right out of the bottle, but after an hour of airtime it opens up with that great nose.

I paired it with cheeses, crackers and olives. Was especially good with the fatty Brie cheese.

Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$27.

Bodegas LAN Culmen Reserva Rioja 2011, Spain

For #tempranilloday here is a delicious one from Rioja.

A very pretty color of dark ruby with a reddish/ brick rim.

Delightful nose of blueberries, black currants, sweet cherries, wood, licorice, spices, light vanilla, earth, tobacco, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee and dark chocolates.

Medium plus in body and elegant with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, blueberries, cedar, spices, tobacco, brown sugar, coffee, earth, wet rocks, vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine-grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Tempranillo blend from Rioja. Spicy and intense with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

This 8 year old is starting to drink very nicely now. Would be nice to see how it evolves in the next 10 years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine. A good wine to enjoy with friends and talk about. Awesome nose. Loved smelling on it for a long while.

Needs 90 minutes in a decanter to open up properly and remove some of the acidity, so take your time.

A good food wine too. Nicely balanced with enough fruits for the earthiness this region brings to the table.

A good quality wine that will age nicely in the next 10 years. The tangy finish makes it interesting.

A blend of 88% Tempranillo and 12% Graciano. Grapes were hand-harvested and aged for 26 months in French Oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

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Bodegas Y Viñedos De La Marqués Valserrano Rioja Reserva 2014, Rioja, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose, blueberries, cherries, light wood, earth, wet leaves, bitter herbs, peppercorn, tobacco, vegetables and pencil lead.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, tobacco, vegetables, earth, spices, wet leaves, bitter vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium minus on the finish with fine tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is a nice Spanish Red from Rioja. Showing a nice mouthfeel with nice complexity. Earthy and spicy. A good food wine.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some complexity.

A blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. Aged for 24 months in French and American oak barrels.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$25.

Federico Paternina Rioja Gran Reserva 2008, Spain

This is a very enjoyable red Rioja.
Showing black and red fruits with earth, vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, peppercorn, leather, cedar, leather and vanilla.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with with great complexity and mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats, cheeses and pickled vegetables.

Nicely aged and peaking now. Nice and engaging.

A blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. Aged for 24 in American oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

Herederos Del Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2011, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a very wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Fruity nose of raspberries, cherries, wood, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, tobacco, earth, light vegetables, wet leaves and coffee.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Very dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, wood, licorice, spices, earth, wet leaves, bitter vegetables, herbs, eucalyptus, coffee, forest floor, pencil lead, peppercorn and tobacco.

Medium minus on the finish with firm tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This nice Rioja is enjoyable now, but would be much better in a few years. Not fully balanced yet, with lots of earth and bitter vegetable notes.

A little tart for my taste. A good food wine, though.

Needs an hour in a decanter to open up properly and show some tannins.

I paired it with Spanish tapas.

14% alcohol by volume.

87 points.

$20.