La Rioja Alta, La Rioja

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.
— 7 days ago

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Bodegas Fin de Siglo

XIII Lunas Rioja Garnacha Tempranillo 2014

Ruby. Black Pepper, underripe blackberry. Licking new leather hide. Light. Green olives balanced. Refreshing for a hot summer July evening with slowly simmered marinara over penne. The days are long- cheers! Sharing pasta with my dog but not this lovely wine..... — 3 hours ago

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Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2009

Drop dead gorgeous / a balance of dried and juicy red fruit with pronounced dill and blonde tobacco / nicely integrated oak, elegant structure — 10 days ago

La Rioja Alta

Gran Reserva 890 Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1985

A great bottle. Plenty of fruit left but so much more. Definitely still in its prime! — 2 days ago

Zach Goldstein
with Zach

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 — 16 days ago

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Marqués de Murrieta

Finca Ygay Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2007

David T

Bought this recently for $29.99. It’s a property I visited in 2015. So, when I saw this for under $30, I just smiled and plucked it from the shelf. I knew it would be good, just not quite this beautiful. A wine good enough to make you wonder why we spend more money on a bottle of wine. A bottling to acquire to keep you free from the temptation of drinking your expensive & far too young to open reds.

The nose reveals; dusty, dark cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum and juicy, baked strawberries on the high nose, dark tarry spice, cherry cola, dusty alluvial soils, dry crushed rocks, dry herbs, dark spice, tarry notes, black olive tapenade, dry brush, dry top soil & clay, dark, rich soil, vanilla, nutmeg, dark chocolate, mocha powder with candied, dark-red florals with lavender and violets.

The body is full, lush & ripe. The tannins are rounded yet still, firm, dusty & tarry. This 07 is nearing its peak form and will hold there another 4- 5 years before it starts its slow decent. The mouthfeel is gorgeous. The structure, tension, length and balance have really hit a nice groove. Dusty, dark cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum, fresh, ripe, rhubarb and juicy, baked strawberries, anise, dark tarriness & spice, cognac notes on the deep palate set, cherry cola, dusty alluvial soil, dry crushed rocks, dry herbs, dark spice, black olive tapenade, dry brush, dry top soil & clay, dark, rich soil, vanilla, nutmeg, dark chocolate, mocha powder with candied, dark-red florals with lavender and violets. The acidity is like a waterfall. The long, well balanced, juicy, ripe, elegant elegant finish persists several minutes. Just misses 93.

Perfect Tri-Tip steak wine.

Photos from my 2015 visit. Their tasting room and surrounding vistas from the Bodega.
— 2 hours ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Blanco Malvasia Viura 2005

This wine( first time ever tasted) reminds me so much of Ganevat Les Chalasses Vieille Vigne Chardonnay 2015, that we had Yesterday , in blind tasting that would be my bet😍.
But this is extravaganza delicious and from Spain 90% Viura and 10% Malvalsia , amazing fresh and with a great acid grip, some smoke too, I decanted it, now it is getting bigger more flavours, incredible, I need more, my advice, get some and be so seductive Happy 🙏
— a day ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Bosconia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2005

Excellent wine. Singing tonight. — a day ago

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La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2009

Has to be new American oak. Vanilla, dill, great polished tannins. Nice wine. — 15 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 — 13 days ago

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