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La Rioja Alta

Viña Alberdi Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2017

100% tempranillo, aged in oak for 2 years. Deep Ruby with aromas of berry fruits, spice and herb notes. On the palate flavors of cherry and blackberry with notes of oak and black pepper notes. Fine soft tannins, great balance with acidity, long finish ending with fruit, vanilla, oak and slight earthy spice character. Will age short term! — 14 hours ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Gravonia Crianza Rioja Viura 2013

A blend of 80% Tempranillo with 15% Garnacha, rest Graciano and Mazuelo, aged 5 years in American oak, deep Ruby with aromas of ripe jammy fruits, spice and tobacco notes, resulting from a warm dry growing season. On the palate flavors of ripe plum, blueberry and ripe cherry with spice, tobacco and cedar notes. Fine big rustic tannins, long finish, savory ending with tobacco and leather notes. Nice! — 18 days ago

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Fernando Remírez de Ganuza

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 1996

Absolutely fantastic! Tannins have softened bright cherry notes. — 13 days ago

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2010

Very interesting wine this. Lots of leather with cassis and a hint of menthol. Very easy to drink and very smooth. This could develop in the coming years to an amazing wine...one to watch.
Paired with lamb shanks
— 12 days ago

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David T

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Looks delicious.

Bodegas Hermanos Peciña

Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2016

Rabo del toro (oxtail stew) needs some fuel, and this is it! — 5 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Bosconia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1981


Medium garnet wide watery rim . No oxidation whatsoever , really quite floral and enticing on the nose , dried strawberry raspberry fruits , truffle , spiced old wood notes . On the palate lovely freshness and elegance with those red fruit, truffle and spiced strawberry, earl grey tea notes . Good length , just slightly drying on the finish now , apart from that this wine really does show well . Very elegant and precise . If you have the bottles open over the next 5 years or so . @ Rockpool Sydney , great suggestion from the sommelier even if I did really want to stick to Australia !
— 15 days ago

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Andrew Cullimore

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Haha , yes Bob that is the only regret I have about that choice ! Though in fairness my first choice (Jasper Hill , Emily’s Paddock 1993) they had just sold out of ! Their list is really quite fantastic in its depth , and not just of Australian wines . The steak was pretty good also !
Bob McDonald

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Yes, I remember going there to tick off wines from the “1001 Wines to Drink before you die”. I think much of it came from an American collector and was strong from the USA and across the board. I remember having a Pride Mountain (Napa) and a Numanthia (Spain) on various visits. Sadly they had the odd fake like a DRC RC 1945 for $75,000 which was removed from the list. Rudi strikes again?
Andrew Cullimore

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I can imagine it would take quite some time to go through that list ! Yes , the American partner in Rockpool had purchased quite a lot of Rudy fakes he ended up suing his insurer for $18 million and…. he lost.

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

Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2016

Long and juicy with incredibly fine tannins. — 9 days ago

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