Gran Sasso

Bodegas Faustino

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2005

Haven’t had this vintage in 5 years., and the extra 5 years of aging makes a difference.

I also had the 1994 exactly a year ago, and it’s even better than that.

Great value considering how aged it is. Smooth. Berry bonanza.

I play a game with my wife where she picks a bottle from my cabinet while I grill a steak (I’m this case, a 1.25kg dry aged porterhouse) and I blind taste the wine and tell her what it is. We made a bet that if I got the correct bottle (out of over 50) that she had to go and spend $150 on a bottle. If I got it wrong, I couldn’t shop at the LCBO for two weeks (that’s like a year for anyone else).

I guessed old world. Spanish. Approx 10 years old... but thought it was a 2010 Cune Gran Reserva.


— 7 days ago

Castello di Albola

Gran Selezione Chianti Classico Sangiovese 2015

Tannins and notes of dark fruit that last pretty much throughout. Brief bites of acidity and black pepper, but still manages to be mellow overall. Was great with salami, borgonzola and black olives. — 11 days ago

Palacio del Conde

Gran Reserva Valencia Tempranillo 2012

Strawberries and raspberries on the nose... medium tannins.... spice finish and berry and oak flavors.. pairs AMAZINGLY with flank steak, chimichurri and goat cheese stuffed portobellos — 14 days ago

Bodega Navarro Correas

Gran Reserva Partida Limitada Alegoría Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

High altitude Cab from Argentina. The color is inky red with a watery rim. Rich ripe dark fruit and oak scents. Time has served this wine well! The fore-pallet is again, fruit forward, velvety! The mid pallet has a great counter-balance composed of bold, oaky, and earthy flavors. The finish is long, slightly spicy, with strong tannings. Definitely a good wine; fruit is high but everything else falls right into place. — 3 days ago

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Nice notes, @Ericsson.

Casa Gran del Siurana

La Fredat Garnatxa Priorat 2016

100% Grenache, great after aeration. Small producers a few Km downhill from here. Amazing Saturday night after great Priorat wine tasting! — a day ago

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Felix Solis

Bambera Gran Selección Valdepeñas Tempranillo 2018

One of the better Tempranillos I’ve tasted. Balanced and quite lovely. — 15 days ago

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Hacienda Lopez de Haro (Bodega Classica)

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2009

I know less about Rioja than George Costanza knows about women. But damn, this one is pretty good. End of bin special at Binnys so at $24, this seems like a steal. A real nice weeknight drinker. — 11 days ago

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Gran Reserva Los Quillayes Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Color of dull ruby with a touch of brown and purple gray. Nose of spice, dark berries and dark cherry, currants, cherry jam, coke, medicinal note, violet, a bit carbonates note, and a bit burning in the nasal cavity. Taste of ample acidity, vanilla, currants, savory spice, a bit peppery, a bit zest, refined yet solid tannins, and good alcohol strength. Aftertaste is medium with more sweetness and zest note. Pretty good. — 16 days ago

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Castillo Armado

Gran Reserva Tempranillo

Liked this one. Some tasty dark fruitiness with a little tang. Not too smokey at all. — 8 days ago

Casa Silva

Lolol Gran Terroir Syrah 2012

Excelent wine, elegant. Pertect balanced between savory and tannins. — 9 days ago