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La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Selección Especial Tempranillo Blend 2010

Part 2, actually. Clearly I lost count. Not as powerful as the 2007 Ardanza but is super fresh. So many years to go too — 3 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2004

Brilliant blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. Dark chocolate covered cherry aromas and flavors with notes of espresso, bacon, vanilla and clove. Juicy acidity and beautiful balance. Ripe and decadent. — 7 days ago

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Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

Edición Limitada Rioja Tempranillo 2013

Deep Ruby with aromas of red fruit and oaky and spice. On the palate flavors of ripe cherry and blueberry with black pepper and cacao spice with lively acidity. Fine tannins, medium finish ending with oaky spice and earthy character. Good value! Drink now! — 20 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Viña Alberdi Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2015

Always solid qpr for me. Pleasant vanilla, moderate weight. Perfect weeknight quaff. — 6 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Cubillo Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2011

Concentrated dried cherry and red fruits with some cigar and leather. Medium, slightly sweet finish backed up by some tannin. Drinking nice now — 6 days ago

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

Imperial Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2015

Deep Ruby, aromas of sweet red and black fruits with pepper spice and oak. 4 grape blend from some of CVNE's best vineyards in the Rioja Alta (85% Tempranillo, rest Garnacha, Mazuelo & Graciano), aged in both French and American oak for 24 months. On the palate flavors of blackberry and currants with licorice, vanilla, tobacco & toasty oak tones. Soft full ripe tannins, wonderful balance, lively acidity on a long finish ending with an earthy mineral character. Very nice! Tried several bottles! — 3 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Viña Alberdi Reserva Tempranillo 2016

Delectable Wine

The 2016 Viña Alberdi Reserva is 100% Tempranillo and old school all the way. Its spicy cherry, candied rose, coconut and tobacco qualities and silky texture make it immediately seductive, but it will age effortlessly, too. It’s a terrific wine from a fantastic vintage. $25.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2021) — 15 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Gran Reserva 904 Rioja Tempranillo Graciano 2010

Aroma is uncanny; a perfume of rose petals and coconut cream wafting from the glass. Totally beguiling. Vanilla and marzipan lead the way with fresh and dried red berries, red cherries, dried flowers and orange peel. So polished, but this needs more time for the oak and fruit to integrate. The 2010 Ardanza remains my favorite now for its classical balance. — 7 days ago

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Will Stanley

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Strongly agree with this Josh. The Ardanza is drinking so well now and I had a hard time with the 904 at this stage.
Josh Morgenthau

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@Will Stanley read your notes and yes, couldn’t agree more! This wine is great. But the Ardanza ‘10 is just out of control good and probably one of the greatest values I’ve ever come across in wine.
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Totally with you on that Josh. Ardanza is crazy good!! I’m still v glad I have a couple of cases of the 904 - just won’t touch them for a few years. Reassuring to hear similar notes from a fellow drinker!

Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2010

Delectable Wine

Brilliant ruby. A hugely perfumed bouquet evokes spice-accented red and dark berry preserves, potpourri, pipe tobacco and vanilla, and violet and mineral accents emerge as the wine stretches out. Palate-staining blackberry, cherry-vanilla, cassis, fruitcake, mocha and candied licorice flavors show superb depth and clarity while hints of floral pastilles and Moroccan spices add complexity. Gains weight with air, with no loss of energy, showing powerful, spicy thrust on a strikingly long, gently tannic and floral-driven finish. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2021)
— 12 days ago

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Bodegas Muga

Gran Reserva Prado Enea Rioja Tempranillo 2006

Part 6, day 2. No notes. A bigger Rioja expression than Rioja Alta drunk earlier, & better — 2 days ago

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