La Rioja, Spain

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1977

Moving fuel. 42 year old Tempranillo and a uniquely American delicacy to celebrate Independence Day 🧀 🇺🇸 I’m unpacking boxes and listening to the Padres vs Dodgers so other than the wine I’m full throttle Americana today. The Vina Todonia cork dropped in to the bottle immediately upon contact from the Durand so I was not hopeful....but it’s totally intact and it presents with significant bricking in the decanter with expected brown and red tones and is chock full of secondary notes of burnt fig, savory smoke, cigar and soil. Soft tannins and waning acidity but it seems to be putting on “weight” as the afternoon progresses. Another solid showing from this producer at an advanced age. Great stuff. Happy 4th of July to all!! 🍎 ⚾️ 🍷 ☀️ — 11 days ago

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@Bill Bender that is how it is done
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@Bill Bender Love the pairing.
Grant Simpson

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Cheez it heredia n scarecrow

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

Monopole Rioja Blanco Seco Viura 2015

This 2015 vintage is the best from this producer! 🍋 peal, chalky with oxidative notes. Very complex! A stellar white! — 2 days ago

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Marqués de Murrieta

Dalmau Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2014

Burly and deep-fruited / some green stuff going on here / big extraction — 4 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Cubillo Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2010

The 2010 ‘Vina Cubillo’ Crianza Rioja is a compelling blend of 65% Tempranillo, and 25% Garnacho, with equal parts Mazuelo and Graciano. This single vineyard Rioja opens with an intense bouquet of sandalwood with pipe tobacco, leather and red fruits that align with the citrus zest and peat moss undertones. The palate revels in its silky texture and soft mouthfeel. Generous red fruits dance with exotic spices, and shades of orange infused black truffle on this exotic palate. Marvelous now at the nine year mark, the 2010 ‘Vina Cubillo’ will cellar well for at least another decade. Drink 2019-2029- 92 — 10 days ago

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Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke

Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2017

Ted
9.0

Chicken teriyaki, the 40 year old virgin, a homemade lemonade and this fine young bottle. Cherries up front like the kind you get in northern Michigan in late summer. Delicious. — 5 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Blanco Malvasia Viura 2004

Stunning at its quinceañera. Gorgeous bright gold—lemon, herbs, beeswax, a kind of honeyed viscosity on the palate. — 10 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend 2001

Cranberries, warm plumpudding, compost, porcini, cinnamon, dill and gingerbread.
Well-judged acidity adds freshness and intensity to the otherwise slightly gloomy and brooding aromatics.
Very nice.
— a day ago

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Bodegas Faustino

Faustino Rioja Gran Reserva I 2005

Killer wine, especially at the price point. Dried black cherries, plums, baking spices, dried tobacco, dried leather, eucalyptus, dust and smoke. Nice grippy tannins on the palate, but with a certain suave finesse that belies its age. Delicious. — 8 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Bosconia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2006

Wow what a helluva deal. Hard to beat this guy for the price. Great pick @Jack Thompson — 3 days ago

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Torre de Oña

Martelo Rioja Red Blend 2014

Combine fruit from 80 year old Tempranillo vines from the northern reaches of Rioja with one of the region’s best winemakers, and what do you get? Answer: a great traditional wine. Torre de Ona is a project of producer Rioja Alta using their northern-most vineyards. Raspberries, cranberries, red fruit, vanilla, coconut dominate the palate with a long layered finish. The long oak aging delivers silky, mature tannins that pull the wine together beautifully. The wine is less ripe with stronger acidity than other Riojas which delivers a unique and delightful character. Very well-made. 2014 vintage on Jun 16, 2019 — 7 days ago

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