La Rioja, Spain

Bodega Alegre Valgañon

Bahierra Viñedos Viejo Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2016

Charles (Chad) Bucklin

A nose with qualities of the northern Rhone. Not your typical "classic" Rioja. Clean and precise nose with great intensity and complexity. The palate is lively and structured with great tension. Focused on just ripened black fruit, pepper, flowers, coffee and stoniness. Well balanced and a nice finish. This will be fun to see in 10 years. — 4 days ago

jesus, Romain and 3 others liked this

Bodegas Muga

Selección Especial Rioja Tempranillo 2009

The Muga may be one of the best PVs in all of winedom. Rich and sexy, smooth as silk. From the nose to the loooonnng finish class in a glass. — 5 days ago

Severn, Hugh and 22 others liked this

Bodegas Riojanas

Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 1998

Beautiful. This old wine is a treat, with a musty and gamey nose of balsamic fruit, lilac, tamari and earth. Old school rioja. — 2 days ago

David, Serge and 8 others liked this

Bodegas Valdemar

Conde Valdemar Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2010

Vintage 2010 / Lots of character. BlackBerry. Also a bit a stinking impression and metal (?). Juicy with good acidity. — 7 days ago

Diederick, Severn and 11 others liked this

Honorio Rubio Villar

Lias Finas Rioja Viura 2015

Not your typical California or French Rose, but $14.00 on sale it works
Definitely will decant my 2nd bottling

Winery Notes,
Honorío Rubio is a Riojano white and rosé specialist. In a land best known for its incredibly age-worthy reds, among many die-hards out there it is undoubtedly the traditional whites which represent Rioja's finest and most original wines. We would add as well the barrel aged rosés, which are incredibly rare (Lopez de Heredia's has not been available for over 5 years, and we hear that they will finally have a little bit of the next release, 2008, in 2018!) Honorío makes an absolutely killer rosé, from some of his oldest Viura and Garnacha, briefly macerated and co-fermented, then aged 16 months in used barrels (which previously held his Lias Finas white wine). An inimitable, rich and bright, incredibly food friendly style of rosé.
— 13 days ago

P, Daniel and 23 others liked this

Marqués de Cáceres

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2015

The 2015 ‘Reserva’ by Marques de Caceres follows up the fantastic 2014 bottling. Sourced from this exciting warm vintage in Rioja, the wine opens with layers of red and dark fruits that are woven together with suggestions of orange rind, coffee ground and milk chocolate tones that all take shape in the glass. The silky texture entices. Black tea and Asian spices brilliantly combine with leather, damp earth and a good core of black fruits on this expressive palate. The long black fruit and mineral-driven finish lingers long on the tongue. While a delight to savor right now, the 2015 Marques de Caceres ‘Reserva’ Rioja will evolve well in the cellar for decades to come. Drink 2020-2035- 92 — 16 days ago

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Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1994

So soft and silky. Everyone loved it! Great year for Rioja and it showed up! — 6 days ago

Shay, Jody and 20 others liked this

Bodegas Beronia

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2011

Took a bit of a break from rating wines. Wanted to reset and be truly in the moment of the experience.

Anyways, this Tempranillo was a joy. Plums, figs, dark cherries, slight hints of cloves, vanilla, and soft peppery spices. Well integrated and balanced. Paired with Hy’s traditional Ceasar salad and Filet mignon (medium rare).
— 6 days ago

Ryan, Hugh and 8 others liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2007

I’m always excited to try a new vintage of Tondonia and earlier this week, I got to try the 2007 for the first time. A significant departure from the 2006 which was (and remains currently) open for business with very little coaxing, the 2007 is austere and loaded with VA. Some aggressive decanting was able to get the VA to blow off and slowly but surely it started to open up, revealing some high quality and seriously dark cherry fruit. A heady, serious wine that needs loads of patience right now if this bottle is representative. Hold or decant for 24 hours. — 11 days ago

Josh, Jordan and 3 others liked this

La Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2011

Just a random pull from the wine fridge and what nice surprise! Black fruits still very prominent with hints of smoke and leather. Still has a lot more time left...except we are going to drink the whole bottle today. — 11 days ago

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