La Rioja, Spain

Bodegas Contador

Benjamin Romeo 'Contador' Tempranillo 2008

Bright crimson in colour. Notes of Camphor and Sandalwood together with tarry red and black fruits. A rich flavoursome and savoury palate - medium to full bodied - a fleeting tobacco note. Firm yet silky tannins. Very polished. One of the best Tempranillos (actually 86% Tempranillo and 14% Garnacha) I’ve ever had - up there with Vega Sicilia. Shows the versatility of the Tempranillo grape and its suitability to the warm climes of Spain. One of the 1001 Wines. 98 points from Jay Miller of the Wine Advocate. — 5 days ago

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Jose Lorenzo

Jose Lorenzo

Benjamin Romeo makes some amazing juice. Cheers
Bob McDonald

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I will keep an eye out for more of his wines. The Contador was brilliant.

La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Selección Especial Tempranillo Blend 2010

Classically styled Rioja - exactly what one should expect. Lovely plummy fruit, a little heavy on the vanilla notes for my taste. Great backbone of acidity. — 6 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Rioja Rosé Blend 2010

This is not your beach quaff rose. Everything written by the other reviewers on this site is true and more. A singular, incredibly complex wine the deserves the hype. Next bottles get several hours of slow ox. — 17 days ago

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Ely, Severn and 7 others liked this

C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España)

Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2012

John W
9.1

Dark, dark ruby coloration. On the nose, black cherry, blackberry, spice, smoke, but predominately jammy dark fruit until it starts to open up and becomes more Smokey and earthy with minerals. On the palate, full body, plum, currant, smoke, tobacco, oak and after 10 years tannins are still strong but not overpowering. Medium to long finish of the dark fruit and some smoke. — 20 hours ago

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La Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2014

Dark cherry, cranberry, cinnamon, clove, American oak, leather, cola, caramel, black pepper, cocoa, and eucalyptus. Medium alcohol, medium tannin, and high acid. — 2 days ago

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Brent, LM and 5 others liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2001

Dark plum, underbrush. Hints of iodine, a bit of oak. Savory. Very good — 7 days ago

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Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild-Vega Sicilia

Macán Rioja Tempranillo 2015

Produced by Vega Sicilia and Bodegas Benjamin De Rothschild, aged in mostly French oak (new and 1 year old) for about 12 months, deep Ruby with aromas of fresh fruits and spice. On the palate flavors of fresh youthful berry fruit, cherry, licorice, vanilla and well integrated cedar. Fine tannins, long finish ending with fruit character, cacao and cedar character , very nice! — 8 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Gravonia Crianza Rioja Viura 2012

N: Marzipan, Oranges, almonds, verging on sherry, petrol.
P: weirdly fresh as a daisy, bright, you can sense the long time in American oak, but it has no weight. All this from the “ lesser” vineyard of Gravonia.
A wine to think and drink.
— 5 days ago

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Bodegas Riojanas

Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 1970

Pretty on the nose and amber at the edges. Orange peel, dark cherry, roses. All quite subtle. A little short and tart on the finish — 7 days ago

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LM, Jeroen and 5 others liked this

Bodegas Olarra

Cerro Añon Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1982

Dried cherry, wood, roses, fragrant- light and pretty — 7 days ago

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