La Rioja, Spain

Bodegas Muga

Torre Muga Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2006

Improved nicely since my last try over 2 years ago 👏 enough to make a wild Spanish bull smile, dance & sing olé 🐮 For £45 it’s a darn good Spanish spanking 😊

🏵 94 points

🍇 75% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo & 10% Graciano

🍷 Opaque ruby

👃 Soggy earth & dry cured meats through balsamic, spiced dark cherry, olive & thick mocha w/ soft smoked oak, vanilla, blackberry & dark plum turning into a touch port raisin w/ air

👄 Med+ creamy smooth body of dark cherry bathed in balsamic & olive tapenade w/ a mocha blackcurrant liquorice kick

🎯 Long dry crushed & dried dusty blackberry/currant finish with a plummy cherry mocha kick

🐑 Paired yummy with Mrs Es Lamb Tagine ⏩ scroll too see yumtastic fodder ⏩ on Instagram 😉

💭 Mrs E says “Surprisingly tastes better with a sweet meal”
— 11 days ago

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Kimberly Anderson

Kimberly Anderson

Can’t go wrong with #muga @Chris England!

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Rioja Blanco White Blend 2004

Соевый соус, помидор (сплошной умами), известь, соль, мандарин, груша, айва, каштан. — 2 days ago

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Marqués de Murrieta

Finca Ygay Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2013

A dry Tempranillo fruit of dry red currents linear and defined and refined — 7 days ago

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Does the Tempranillo have a sharp taste in it that puckers the pallet?
Mike McClure

Mike McClure

I had the barolo very smooth and nice

Hacienda Lopez de Haro (Bodega Classica)

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2013

The 2013 Bodega Classica Lopez de Haro Reserva is medium dark in the glass. The nose is aromatic with violets, cigars, ripe plums and earth. On the palate, we find big, dark fruit, oak spice and a meaty black olive note. Tannins are firm and the acidity is lively, so it's great to sip as well as have it with some steak. — 6 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Gran Reserva 904 Rioja Tempranillo Graciano 2009

Подлесок, кожа, вишня, лавр, помидор, ваниль, сандал.
Стройно, сочно, очень классная структура, но слишком много дуба по мне.
— 2 days ago

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Riddley Walker

Riddley Walker

Его нужно пить лет через 15 ещё потому что

Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

Finca El Bosque Rioja Tempranillo 2014

We wanted a good steak so we were recommended El Nationale La Brasserie 😁 this bottle was €155 in restaurant & retails €78 - quick notes before Mrs E beat me with the 🥩🤣

📍 Finca El Bosque 2014

💥 14.5% ABV Rioja 🤫

🥩 Paired w/ a huge €156 steak 😱 (scroll for food pics on Instagram ⏩) & was a perfect match 😍 but a scary 🥩 for Mrs E 🤣

🏵 94 points

🍇 100% Tempranillo

🍷 Opaque blackened ruby

👃 Smokey light oak dark cherry & peppered plum w/ balsamic, Iberian cured meats & minted liquorice

👄 Full bodied dark rich creamy cherry & blackcurrant w/ olive tapenade, balsamic & raspberry liquorice

🎯 Long dry dark cherry & olive tapenade balsamic goo coating

— 20 days ago

Chris, Phil and 27 others liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Gravonia Crianza Rioja Viura 2009

This one is a banger! Never had a crianza that had this much going on. Nose is densely packed. Vanilla and tobacco take the lead alongside sour cherries and cranberries. Dark fruit also emerge as the glass opens most notably blackberry. Licorice, toasted oak, caramel, the list goes on and on! Very well balanced on the palate, medium plus acidity, medium plus tannin, full bodied. The finish lingers quite a while and has a very apparent prune note. Loved this, can’t WAIT to try the Tondonia Reserva — 7 days ago

La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2009

Tasty Rioja at the best tapas place in all of Durham, NC...Great pair with roasted pig tail with root vegetables and 35 day dry-aged ribeye! — 4 days ago

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John Zuzek

John Zuzek

La Rioja Alta is awesome.

Bodegas Muga

Prado Enea Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo

After another day shopping with Mrs E we were not only worn out but broke so to McDonalds we went & I grabbed the new €44 Pardo Enea to pair with the burger 🍔 & enjoy in our hotel room at 11pm - dinner with style 🤣 better than the thick shake 😊

📍 Muga Pardo Enea 2010 (not decanted - wish I’d brought my 😉😉 vSpin)

🏵 93-94 points w/ great potential aged & decanted 😉

🍷 Deep opaque ruby

👃 Chocolate dark cherry cake w/ cracked rock mineral through red & purple flowers bathed in thick balsamic sauce & a hint of earthy herbs (not the pickle in the Big Mac 🤣)

👄 Med+ creamy body of balsamic infused mocha dark cherry gooeyness w/ a mineral dry tone

🎯 Med+ touch dry dark cherry balsamic mocha choc fest

⚠️ Can’t sleep after eating late? Just enjoy the wine with a view 😁 I left some for day 2 & it really opened up lovely 😉
— 19 days ago

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Phil A

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@Chris England Chris sounds like you had a fun time, great view from your room and a dinner with all the food groups if you consider the wine a source of fruit Cheers 🍷🍔🍟
James Forsyth

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LOVE this pairing
Neil Valenzuela

Neil Valenzuela

Yeahhhh!!! Way to go!

La Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2010

With seafood paella, what a beauty! Deep, balanced and nice bitter end. — 8 days ago

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Jeroen Wagemans

Jeroen Wagemans

Was wel den 2010 dacht ik
Anthony De Blasi

Anthony De Blasi

Aangepast!thx 😁