La Villa

Villa Russiz

Collio Sauvignon de la Tour 2012

J. Kim

Brooding nose of tobacco, menthol, cedar, leather. Very tasty now but will improve even further. — 6 days ago

Bodegas Faustino

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2005

Bing cherry color in the glass with a ruby rim. Just the barest touch of bricking but certainly nothing to be concerned about. Spice and red fruit dominate this nose with black pepper and cherries leading the way. Fresh cut tomatoes, plums, and lavender show up too.

Showing pretty well at this age with no discernible defects. In fact, the fruit is fresh and lively. It’s not an overly complicated wine but it is classy. As much as an old reliable as there can be, it’s silky on the tongue with firm tannins. Vanilla, oak, and damp moss on the palate. This is a winner and reliable as all hell. Pretty stuff.
— 11 days ago

Josh, Kevin and 2 others liked this

El Coto de Rioja

Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Garnacha 2012

Deep Ruby with dark fruit aromas and sweet baking spice notes. On the palate blackberry and black cherry flavors with notes of cinnamon, cacao and earthy spice. Savory full tannins on medium finish ending with fruit and forest floor character. Ok for price. Tasting Sample. — 12 days ago

Alex, Daniel P. and 3 others liked this

Bodegas Faustino

Faustino Rioja Gran Reserva I 2006


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.

— 21 days ago

Severn, Rhonely and 28 others liked this
Peter van den Besselaar

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Utterly reliable. I was só impressed bij 1982 when I drank this, 33 years old. Fine producer.
Rhonely Boy

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Very nice portfolio, should you come across a Rep pouring the offerings

Marqués de Murrieta

Dalmau Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2013

Deep Ruby color and intense juicy black fruit. Aromas of plum, cedar, black Cherry, blackberry, vanilla. High acid, medium tanning and full body. 14.4% abv so a bit of a brooding monster. Long finish- very much an ultra modern evocation of Rioja with 71% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet and 14% Graciano — 9 days ago

Josh, Paul and 1 other liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2004

This is so good. Taffy, butterscotch, diesel, green walnut, toasted walnut, dried flowers. Nose is delightful. Palate is tart and full. Finish is achingly, beautifully long. — 2 days ago

Carla, Ron and 23 others liked this
Andrew Schirmer

Andrew Schirmer

Love these. Always a pleasure.
Severn Goodwin

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Such great stuff! Even better with another 10-15+ on them.
Josh Morgenthau

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@Severn Goodwin Damn. My storage is the cellar in my house. Going to have to call upon deeper reserves of self control than I may in fact have to keep a bottle that long.

Bodegas LAN

Reserva Culmen Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2011

This is a delicious nine-year-old Rioja. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Showing black fruits with wood, licorice, vanilla, earth, coffee, light vinaigrette, black tea, peppercorn, wet leaves, spices and light herbs.

Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity.

Nice finish with spices and tangy raspberries.

Needs a couple of hours of airtime to open up properly. Still young and will be better in the next 5 to 10 years.

Rich and engaging. Spicy and tasty.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers. Great with the brie cheese.

A blend of 88% Tempranillo and 12% Graciano. Aged for 26 months in French Oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 10 days ago

Randall, Alex and 15 others liked this

Baron de Ley

Siete (7) Viñas Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2005

Deep Ruby with an interesting blend of 7 grapes (3 white included!), berry fruit and floral aromas. On the palate ripe blackberry and bluebrrry with citrus and floral notes adding spice and some toasty oak. Long finish, good balance ending with some leather, cacao and spice. — a day ago

Alex, Clive and 1 other liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Blanco Malvasia Viura 2007

Nose has oxidized pear slice, browning butter, toasted salt, candied pineapple, beeswax, toasted pistachio and dry crushed granite.

Palate has dried apricot, dried lemon peel, dehydrated green apple slices, toasted ginger, un-salted cashew, (minor) tangerine juice, (minor) vanilla oak notes, yet while showing zingy acidity and a never ending finish. Weighty and light on the palate, simultaneously.

Always one of our favorites in the RLdH lineup, the Blanco's will and can age for decades. This bottle should be close to the current release.

90% Viura / 10% Malvasía; Decanted 3 hours.

Amazing wine...I NEED to find the Gran Reserva, but need much more of this one!

A perfect wine to end cap a long weekend, Labor Day (US), or any weekend really!
— 22 days ago

Paul, Jody and 43 others liked this