Gran Rojo

Ver Sacrum

La Dama Del Abrigo Rojo Nebbiolo 2018

Pale ruby; medium intensity aromas of red cherry, cranberry, red currant, dried rose petals, earth, underbrush; dry, high acid, medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium plus body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium plus finish, bright and perfumed, lovely earthy complexity, low tannins for a Nebbiolo, outstanding — 6 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Gran Reserva 904 Rioja Tempranillo Graciano 2010

Aroma is uncanny; a perfume of rose petals and coconut cream wafting from the glass. Totally beguiling. Vanilla and marzipan lead the way with fresh and dried red berries, red cherries, dried flowers and orange peel. So polished, but this needs more time for the oak and fruit to integrate. The 2010 Ardanza remains my favorite now for its classical balance. — 5 days ago

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Strongly agree with this Josh. The Ardanza is drinking so well now and I had a hard time with the 904 at this stage.
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@Will Stanley read your notes and yes, couldn’t agree more! This wine is great. But the Ardanza ‘10 is just out of control good and probably one of the greatest values I’ve ever come across in wine.
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Totally with you on that Josh. Ardanza is crazy good!! I’m still v glad I have a couple of cases of the 904 - just won’t touch them for a few years. Reassuring to hear similar notes from a fellow drinker!

Bodegas LAN

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2010

Nice dark, dried fruit, leathery, tobacco-y Rioja. Very balanced, good old world style body and nice evolving flavors during the finish. — 7 days ago

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Gran Canaria Listan Negro 2019

The right amount of Funk ... Well rounded dark and red cherries, smoke, coffee, retama, eucalyptus, underbrush, mineral dry goodness with slightly high acidity and gentle tannins... BE A U TEE FULL — 2 days ago

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

Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2013

In 1879, 2 brothers decided to set up a wine business, C.V.N.E., Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (Northern Spanish Wine Company) or la Cuné, as it is commonly known in Haro, created and still kept in traditional neighborhood of Haro station today. Deep Ruby with ripe berry aromas/complex spices, 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo. Palate shows blackberry, cherry, sweet currant with herb, leather, oak & pepper spice. Fine tannins, well balanced good depth & structure, long finish, nice value! — 7 days ago

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Bodegas Faustino

Gran Reserva Faustino I Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2001

Vintage 2001 | This Rioja is utterly reliable. Cedar and vanilla in smell, quite powerful ánd elegant. Lovely. Paired with beef and a courgette casserole. Today I put the Faustino 2009 in the cellar. — 3 days ago

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Viñedos del Contino (CVNE)

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2012

Delectable Wine

Shimmering ruby-red. Smoke-tinged aromas of candied cherry and blackberry, along with vanilla and espresso nuances. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated, appealingly sweet red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors that spread out steadily with air. Well-knit tannins frame the finish, which hangs on with strong, floral- and spice-driven persistence. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2021)
— 10 days ago

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El Enemigo

Gran Enemigo El Cepillo Cabernet Franc 2015

Wow! On the nose, dark plums and black cherries, fresh dark liquorice.
On the palate. A first phase of dark plums, black cherries and black berries. Fairly quickly the dark fruit notes are cut through with black liquorice, secondary ripple effects of vegetation and hints of fresh mint. The final third engulfs the medley of flavours laced with fine leather. Medium tannin percolates around, staying for a final bow. Decanted 1hr and 45 min. Served with filet mignon with melted blue cheese, roasted vegetable medley sprinkled with goat’ cheese (sweet potatoes, beets, carrots), asparagus and green pea basil/mint puree (all prepared at home).
— 5 days ago

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Monte Xanic

Gran Ricardo Valle de Guadalupe Red Blend 2018

Excellente!! When in Mexico, must have MX wines! For those who haven’t experienced some of the MX wines, please try them. Dark red fruit with berry Intensity that brings up jam and simply juicy deliciousness to mind. Slight spice, pepper and cinnamon on the nose and a medium long finish. Yes, this is a bit young and I would expect this to get even better with a few years on the rack. — 8 days ago

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Duetto is one of my favorites. So is Megacero.


Santo Tomas Duetto is usually what I buy to bring back home! Excellent bottle as is their Unico



Bodegas Faustino

Faustino Rioja Gran Reserva I 2006

Ming L

Deep and complex nose of sour cherry, raspberry, cedar, steeped black tea, old leather, vanilla, and forest floor. Flavor echoes the nose with hint of fig like sweetness. Vibrant palate with vivid acidity. Gripping tannins.

Great Rioja even in a so-so year. Will cruise for another 10 years easily.
— 18 days ago

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