El Coto De Rioja

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Rioja Rosé Blend 2010

David T
9.4

Farmers market visit this morning dictated this after finding some decent Heirlooms awaiting my organic garden ones and deserving after cleaning the damn gutters all afternoon. .

Like this Rosé quite a lot. The price for it, not so much. But, worth it once in a while and this one has been laying down a number of years, so… If you haven’t had a good Tempranillo Rosé worth acquiring.

I like it as it is not overtly sweet like many Bandol’s & Californians.

The nose shows; blood orange, not quite ripe tangerine, baked rhubarb, strawberries, red not dark cherries, ripe, yellow peach with skin, hints of watermelon at the rind, limestone marl with orange & red flowers.

The palate shows nice viscosity. Blood orange with peel, not quite ripe tangerine, baked rhubarb, strawberries, red not dark cherries, ripe, yellow peach with skin, hints of watermelon at the rind, touch of pink grapefruit, something in between Cointreau & Grand Marnier, sun tea, very soft chalk & white spice, limestone marl with orange & red flowers, rainfall acidity, nicely knitted, a fair amount of tension for an aged Rosé, excellent balance & structured with a smartly polished, elegant, lush finish that lasts nearly two- minutes.

This 2010 is in high cotton and not slowing down. Another 8-10 years with maybe more. Leans into 95.

Pairing; Organic Heirloom tomatoes grown in a greenhouse topped w/ di Stefano Burrata, Spanish Ricon Subbetica Olive Oil, Tondo Balsamic Vinegar (the best period), organic fresh basil, Companion Simple Sourdough Crustini’s.
— 5 days ago

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For realz. So tasty

Bodegas Muga

Selección Especial Rioja Tempranillo 2019

7/2024. Bold and good flavor. Nice 😊 n the palate. Paired very well with the dry aged rib eye at Hall’s Chophouse. — 12 days ago

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Baron de Ley

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2018

Tony D
9.2

Got this at the liquor store after getting back from Spain. This is a nice bottle. Oak flavor. Opened up very nicely. 2018 about 25 bucks. Worth it and would get it again. Smooth easy to drink. — 7 hours ago

R. López de Heredia

Viña Bosconia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2011

David T
9.3

Leaner than the El Puntido. This is more classic Tempranillo. Drier & earthier.

Beautiful wine. Ripe, juicy & slightly candied & floral fruits of; mid to dark cherries, black raspberries, black raspberries, dry blue berries. Cherry cola, dry tobacco w/ ash, dry leathery, barrel staves, muddy herb mix, dark, dry spices, steeped, sun tea, mid; clove, nutmeg, vanilla, limestone minerals, crushed limestone/dry rocks, dry flowers that are black, red w/ dry lavender, round, high acidity with a high, dry tannin finish that falls on to the wild, dry, earthy, wildest finish that is balanced for many minutes.

Paired this with/ a dry rub tri-tip and a burgundy marinaded Cardiff Crack tri-tip. Both very different and enjoyable, but liked the dry rub with the Rioja.

Photos of, my visit to the Bodega, old oak vats that are decades old, neutral wood that is still used as of 2015 when I visited & been repaired endlessly, old wood press and tasting room outside their cellar/tasting room.
— 14 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2011

Never fails to deliver. This vintage is structured but accessible, and it’s instructive to taste next to other producers to appreciate the unobtrusive oak treatment which frames rather than overpowers. — 17 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Cubillo Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2012

2024 June. Totally classic Rioja, in a light-on-its-feet but layered style; I also felt this was a bit fleshier and juicier than the last bottle. — 4 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Blanco Malvasia Viura 2005

Stunning—ripe and fleshy without being hot, shows lemon and orange marmalade, apricot, toasted nuts and chamomile, oak adds roundness and texture and a subtle spice — 17 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Blanco Malvasia Viura 2004

Jeremy Shanker
9.4

A baby, but damn. Beeswax, yellow wax beans, honey. A wild and cerebral wine that will age magnificently. — 13 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Gran Reserva 904 Rioja Tempranillo Graciano 2015

Young but polished and elegant. Red and black berries, tobacco leaf, soil and mushroom, American oak on the finish. This should integrate and deepen with age — 17 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Viña Alberdi Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2019

Absolutely love this wine QPR. So good — 4 days ago

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