La Finca

Finca Sandoval

Manchuela 2008

Really intriguing- would make for a great blind wine! Pauillac nose with some iron, tobacco cigar box graphite gets dirty soily around the edges all wrapped up in exquisite black & red fruit. Then it goes all Northern Rhône with distinct Syrah shining through. Fairly big wine with plenty of polish, 10 yrs + and still a baby. Find this stuff — 20 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Gran Reserva 890 Rioja Tempranillo Blend

This is still my favourite Rioja & vintage at present, worth £80 😍 My 10th try & still a beauty I can’t resist 👍 I exemplifies the pure essence a high quality Rioja 👏

📍 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2001

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🏵 96 points

🍇 95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano & 2% Mazuelo

🍷 Garnet ruby w/ brick edge

👃 Smoked oak through mashed earthy cherries covered in vanilla coconut cream, balsamic jam & double caramel choc mocha w/ red liquorice, truffle, prune, date & light spiced herbs

👄 Med body of rich smooth silky creamy dark & red cherry bathed in balsamic goo w/ melted mocha & earthy liquorice

🎯 Long balsamic cherry mocha berry blast w/ a balsamic linger, touch of woody oak & red berry
— 7 days ago

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Dick Schinkel

Dick Schinkel

A beauty indeed 🍷

Viña Real (CVNE)

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2011

Mmmm this is a tasty one! Lovely aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry and pomegranate with under notes of vanilla, cinnamon, tobacco, and new-car leather. All this plus smooth as silk tannins and luscious acidity made this an incredible pairing for roasted ox-tail. Doesn’t get much better than this! — 7 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2006

The 2006 Viña Tondonia is a stunning effort from what was a challenging vintage in Rioja. The wine is a highly compelling blend of Tempranillo (75%), Garnacho (15%), Graciano and Mazuelo (10%), which was sourced from their estate vineyards and aged for six years prior to bottling. Needing some time to express itself, the wine offers an aromatic profile of cranberry, orange, red cherry candy and toasty oak aromatics. The palate is plush, as the wine glides through adding to the enjoyment. Red currants, blood orange zest, cigar ash and red cherry preserve flavors all beautifully weave their way through the palate. Showing wonderful ageing potential, this should cellar well for another fifteen plus years, however it is also drinking marvelously now. Drink 2019-2034- 94 — 4 days ago

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Viñedos de Páganos

El Puntido Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo

Ready? Imagine pudding wrestling in vanilla. And you're about to make the pin and you realize you need a glass of red. So a fan hands you a fantastic tempranillo and as you take a sip some pudding, a drop of sweat from a burly French female ref all fall into your mouth at the same time. There ya have it. Get at it!! Yeah Suckling! — 7 days ago

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Bodegas Riojanas

Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo

94 was a stunning year in Rioja & I’ve never had a bad one so when this cheeky €50 drop appeared on my radar from @gabymeetswine @vilaviniteca I had to get my wine gnawing choppers around this grapeylicious bottle of joy 😉 In a peak place of yummyness after 25 years 👍

📍 Viña Albina Monte Real Gran Reserva 1994

🏵 93-94 points aptly 😁

🍇 Graciano, Mazuelo & Tempranillo

🍷 Deep clear ruby w/ brick edge (scroll ⏩ for pic)

👃 Old smoked oak through a damp musty cellar filled with earthy obliterated cherry mush w/ a cocoa, balsamic, herby & leather whip - expressed in a Zalto Burg glass 👌

👄 Med body of super silky smooth cocoa & balsamic infused red cherry cream oozyness

🎯 Long red cherry linger bathed in slight dry oak, cocoa cream & balsamic splashes
— 15 days ago

Chris, Keith and 20 others liked this

Bodega Contador

La Cueva del Contador Rioja Tempranillo 2014

The 2014 'La Cueva del Contador' is an utterly compelling Rioja. Immediately, you are drawn to the inky color, which is followed by highly perfumed aromatics with amazing range. Nuances of black tea, Asian spices, blackberry cobbler and milk chocolate all marvelously come together in the glass. The palate is seductive and deep, offering a generous, silky mouthfeel, which is layered with lavors of wild blackberry jam, mocha, anise, orange zest and hints of dried sage that thoroughly impress. This is a complete wine made by the talented Benjamin Romeo, which looks to have an exceedingly long life ahead. Drink 2019-2040- 96 — 4 days ago

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Bodegas Muga

Torre Muga Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2010

Wow, musty moldy cork, but it was tight. Crazy funk on the open. Meaty so far. Giving it time...

A very deep dark purple starting slightly to bend towards ruby. The nose hasn't budged from open... It's well grilled beef, with A1 sauce. Off putting but I'm curious. Other earthy musty notes. Way in the back is muddled blackberry. Gonna let it go for longer. So far the palate roughly matches the nose...

UPDATE: Came back to this the next day, corked it overnight, then reopened. It did improve, but only marginally.

Final score... 90 points
— 6 days ago

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Finca Sandoval

Manchuela Syrah Blend 2008

Big aroma of old world tart cherries. Big tartness of cherries and tobacco. Let it breathe! It softens. — 22 days ago

Burgo Viejo

Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2015

Ken Z

Drank 2/21/19. Tasting event. Tasting pour.

Black cherry, soil, and light oak scents. Flavors of earth and black cherry. Nice balance. Medium finish

3/21/8/5/3 +50 = 90 pts.
— 2 days ago

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