Bodegas Mas Alta

R. López de Heredia

Viña Cubillo Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2005

Nose has spicy cherry, tanned leather, juiced raspberry-blackberry, cigar box, cocoa nibs, exceptional.

Palate has blackberry reduction, ripe cherry mash, moist leather, cedar shavings, light mocha, nice acidity and dissipating tannins are gentle, long finish.

We've been enjoying these Heredia crianzas for many years, but they do need time to settle in and we're still drinking these too young, but damn they are guilty pleasures.

Decanted 2+hrs, drink now or enjoy over the next 4-6 years without concern.

$22, yes I know that reads like a crazy price, because it is, only patience is required!
— 12 days ago

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Vasanth Balakrishnan

Vasanth Balakrishnan

I love those value-packed #rioja wines that reward patience

La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend

You just can’t beat this bottle. Auto-crowd favorite and drinking so we’ll 10 years later. My gosh, if they only made watercoolers filled with this stuff I’d get so much more done at work. — 3 days ago

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2005

Dark berries and sweet coffee on the nose. Complex with mature fruit and a well balanced tannin structure. Solid length. All in all a wonderful wine. Paired with lamb. — 8 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Rosé 2008

The mythical unicorn #rosewine from @lopezdeherediaoficial: Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado 2008.

A friendly wine retailer I am close with sold me a few bottles at regular price thankfully as I gave him the heads up it was coming.  (He also sold his others at regular price!) This wine used to be easily available during its last release, the 2000 vintage back around 2005, not to mention super reasonable in price.  An unfortunate victim of fashion, the secondary market pricing on this starts around $200 and goes up to $300.

Pale copper and deep pink in color, the hue here is as it looks here turning more orange at the rim.  The nose showed as it should for an extended barrel aged wine, showing clear notes the toll oxidation has taken with time in wood.  Though, the wood aromas are well-integrated and intermingle well with dried red fruits, ginger and spice, and a clear sense of minerality which is all laid well into the thick and pungent nose.  The palate shows more precision and tension in the densely textured and flavored med/med+ body of the wine.  Finishes long and fans out wide over the palate.  For sure about as unique a rose as there is out there.  
— 15 days ago

Galen, LM and 12 others liked this

Domini de la Cartoixa

Secrets de mar Garnatxa Mediterrania

Vibrant Ruby red color, hints of leather, smoky with heavy tannins. Very nice bottle of wine.
Winestyles Club, March 2019
— 21 days ago

La Rioja Alta

Gran Reserva 904 Rioja Tempranillo Graciano 2009

Pillars on which the 5 founding families erected a winery in 1890 built a way of living, feeling and producing wines of the highest quality that continue to evolve. Bright Ruby, complex fruit aromas, spice and oak. 90% Tempranillo & 10% Graciano, 48 mos on American oak. Ripe Berry fruits, powerful yet elegant, with spice & smoky notes on full tannins. Lingering finish, nice mouthfeel, ending with mineral earthy tones, a joy to Sip!! Tasting great, has more aging potential, try in 10+ years! Great Value! — 4 days ago

Shay, Alex and 5 others liked this

Mas Champart

Causse du Bousquet Saint-Chinian Red Blend 2014

Drunk for first time out of a new glass-Zalto denk’art universal- holy moly: much more subtle & fresh for a “purple “ wine that I typically would expect. Maybe it’s the glass...but boysenberry, blackberry & lift. Kermit import. — 2 days ago

Alex, P and 3 others liked this

Celler Frisach

La Foradada Terra Alta Vernatxa Blanca

Very elegant , pretty skin contact wine from Spain. Not a funky taste that skin contact normally has, it’s more floral notes and deep. Very very easy but Sophisticated. — 16 days ago

Bodegas Mas Alta

La Solana Alta Priorat Garnatxa Blanca 2016

Vila. Tast Blancs del Priorat. 47,30.
50% Garnatxa BL. 50% Carinyena BL.
— 25 days ago

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Bodegas Mas Alta

La Basseta Priorat Carignane 2012

Great and still improving. — 19 days ago