La Rioja Alta

R. López de Heredia

Viña Bosconia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2006

Just love this wine, just gets better and better, had bottle for Fat Tuesday. Deep Ruby with an elegant bouquet of berry fruits, light spice with fresh earthy tones, a traditional Rioja. On the palate, the wine was silky smooth with layers of flavors, berry and cherry, tobacco, smoky cedar, dark fruit, vanilla spice, very well balanced with fine tannins and a clean structure ending with a nice lingering finish. Delicious! Can age well into next decade. — 2 days ago

Shay, Alex and 2 others liked this

Bodegas Valdemar

Conde Valdemar Crianza Rioja Tempranillo 2016

We had a vertical of sorts... 2016 2016 2016 Crianza, 2012 Reserva, and 2010 Gran Reserva! All Conde Valdemar all Tempranillo blends with different aging in barrel and bottle. We all should meet in Rioja to continue the journey! We are out having fun again and we just can’t stop!!! — 7 days ago

Lara BoderoSheryl Sweazey-root
with Lara and Sheryl

La Rioja Alta

Gran Reserva 904 Rioja Tempranillo Graciano 2009

this one is really nice but still too powerful for my tastes. could use another 10 years to soften the oak and then will be superb. — 4 days ago

Ron, Josh and 1 other liked this

La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend 2007

This must have been quite an “in your face” wine when younger. This still has loads of fruit and sweet candy on the nose and palette. Soft tannins, some vanilla from the oak barrels. Nice balance! I guess this is in its sweet spot concerning drinking window. I am loving this a lot! — 7 days ago

Jan, Ruud and 5 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. — 10 days ago

David, Serge and 12 others liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Blanco Malvasia Viura 2003

Always a stunner. So much acidity on this vintage! Oxidative, full bodied and salty with lots of citrus, orange peel, and almond with a long, nutty finish. This would kill with crab cakes. Plenty of time ahead of it. — 3 days ago

Ira liked this

Bodegas Roda

Reserva Roda II Rioja Tempranillo 2015

Fine mediterranean vintage. Red and dark red fruit driven (ripe cherries and strawberries), cinnamon, lavender and rosemary. Good acidity, complexity and length — 5 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Selección Especial Tempranillo Blend 2010

Second time trying this and more time on this occasion to study it.

In short, this is an exceptional traditional style Rioja that has a long life ahead.

How it looks - deep ruby red but hints of brick orange at edge already.

How it sniffs - leaping out of the glass. This is an unmistakably traditional rioja with plenty of oxidative oaky aroma married with dried red fruit and savoury meat.

How it tastes - oddly, this tasted more youthful and vivacious on the second night, whereas on the first (with no decant) it seemed slightly more mellow and reserved. No doubt, this is more towards the traditional side of Rioja with ten years of age and not dissimilar in style to a Tondonia. I have more hope this time however for the longevity of the wine. This has acidity to last years. Tannins are fine grained and in some sense mellow, but there’s so much going on with the palate to make this well worthy of extended cellar time. It is racy, vivacious and exceptionally well put together with plenty of red fruit, dried meat, savoury and vanilla notes. The finish is long, dry and exemplary of a harmonious, perfect Rioja.

Will leave now for a few years!
— 5 days ago

Keith liked this

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! — 14 days ago

Shay, Jody and 20 others liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2002

It’s been a year since we opened the last one of these. It’s still in excellent shape. One more left in the cellar... — 5 days ago

Vicki Sliwa
with Vicki