La Rioja, Spain

La Rioja Alta

Reserva Viña Ardanza Rioja Tempranillo Garnacha 2015

Probably my favorite and, in my mind, the most consistent Spanish wine out there. A deep dark plum color in the glass. The nose absolutely shines with cedar and plenty of spice. There’s a bit of smoke here along with cherry cola and a little more spice. Dried herbs and chocolate round things out.

A preponderance of Tempranillo with a nice chunk of Garnacha in the blend. Obviously still so young but readily approachable and enjoyable now. The extended aging makes a world of difference with this wine vintage in and vintage out. Rich and full of personality, this is a beautiful wine that’s just going to continue to grow with age.
— 12 days ago

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Bodegas Muga

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2018

One of our faves. Smooth finish, pairs well with steak. — 10 days ago

Marqués de Cáceres

Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2018

Almost as good as the 2014. Very good. Excellent for the price. — 18 days ago

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2001

A fantastic vintage of tondonia. Still showing American oak on the palate but some secondary mushrooms/earth tones emerging. Will hold a while longer and fortunately have several more — 19 days ago

Iwan, Ira and 12 others liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Bosconia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2007

Rob N

This wine is drinking great — mellow tannins but still some pretty complex and delicious fruit for a 16 year old wine. 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha. — 15 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2010

Shows a seamless integration of dried fruit, earth, balance, elegance and tannin. Showing well at this point and continuing to evolve in the direction of dried berries and plum, tobacco, herbs, iron and fine tannin. — a month ago

Ray, Ira and 7 others liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Gravonia Crianza Rioja Viura 2012

Starting to show it’s age and it is glorious. Dry honeydew, long almond, a hint of hazelnut.

We have one more bottle and I can’t wait to see where this lands in a couple years.
— 19 days ago

Gillian Koh
with Gillian
Diane, Peter and 6 others liked this
John Bratincevic

John Bratincevic

Well that sounds good!

Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2007

Wow wine. Black fruit with clove on nose and palate full bodied great length. Very subtle tannins. Best wine I have had in a while. Delicious. Last bottle. — 24 days ago

with Ania
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Bodegas Muga

Selección Especial Rioja Tempranillo 2004

Great vintage…consistent producer…showing perfectly at the moment. Slight sediment, but pure, sweet, Tempranillo fruit. Impressive balance; long sexy finish; perfect foil for NY steakhouse filet and corn soufflé brûlée. Labor Day, center court, near perfection. — a month ago

Bryan, Shay and 4 others liked this