La Rioja, Spain

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

Monopole Rioja Blanco Seco Viura 2015

Pale lemon (golden edges) with aromas of stone fruits and floral spice notes, 2nd vintage in 35 years! An unusual blend of Viura with 5% Manzanilla sherry (bringing biological component), on palate flavors of apple & pear with nutty spice character adding subtle yeasty tones. Long finish ending with nutty mineral tones. Very nice! — 4 days ago

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Bodegas Faustino

Tinto Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 1970

Dried cherries, Forest floor, good acidity. Fully resolved and mature, elegant Rioja. Won’t improve from here. Drink up. — 5 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Viña Alberdi Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2014

Delivers EVERY time: red cherry, raisin, red plum, dill, new leather, tobacco, vanilla. — 4 days ago

Saman, Jay and 4 others liked this

Bodegas Beronia

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2014

Love it. Very old world classic Rioja. Fruit needs time to emerge but it’s surrounded by intense darkness. Superb. — 9 days ago

Sharon, Dawn and 2 others liked this

Mariano J. Lacort

Rioja Tempranillo 2008

Leather, violets and earth on the nose. Dark cherry, tobacco and mushroom on the pallet. Soft tannins and long finish. Better the second day. Great QPR ($30), especially for a Gran Reserva Rioja and an over ten year old vintage. Just picked this one up a few weeks ago. — 8 days ago

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Hazaña

Viñas Viejas Rioja Tempranillo 2015

Surprise Rioja, in that Rioja Alta & Lopez fans( CVNE, Monte Real, & Sierra Cantabria also rate) such as me think solipsistically—nothing else exists. This does. — 19 days ago

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Owen Mazon

Rioja always overperforms it’s price point no matter how high you go.
8.8

Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1994

Amazing 94. Soft, clear, elegant and complex. The fruit here is is in perfect harmony with the alcohol and the tannin. Well done. — 9 days ago

Shay, Eric and 12 others liked this
Severn Goodwin

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Oh, nice!

R. López de Heredia

Viña Bosconia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2007

Always a pleasure to drink a Lopez De Heredia! Dried flowers galore with a solid core of dark red berries. Dusty tannins that really give the wine some character. Plenary more ahead for this one! — 6 days ago

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Love this stuff, the blanc's even more so! But they need years.
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@Severn Goodwin have yet to try the whites. Going to try and hunt some down!
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@E & K G Oh they are magical, but take need to hold 4-6 years they are finally released by RLdH, much better at 8-10+. You'll be surprised how amazing they are at those benchmarks, and how little you paid for the experience, you just need the patience. You should be able to find bottles with a few years of age on the secondary market. They also have a Gravonia and Tondonia in blancs, I've had as old as '90.

Bodegas Muga

Torre Muga Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2015

Beautiful wine, perfectly balanced. Big red and black fruit, with excellent freshness and acidity. — 4 days ago

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Eric Bass

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I almost bought this today. Looks like I’ll be going back tomorrow to get a bottle based on your notes. Thanks!
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@Eric Bass you can’t go wrong with Muga. I hope you enjoy it!

Bodegas Juan Carlos Sancha

Ad Libitum Rioja Tempranillo Blanco 2009

Saw it on Winebid, I’ll try anything once.
Not half bad once it airs out
— a day ago

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