A knackered bottle and a bit stinky on the nose, but the fruit is hanging in there. A little cloudy but clearly classy. Lovely midpalate- medium bodied, poised blue fruit, cool blooded with a sour cherry finish. Getting better in the glass. Delicious — 12 days ago
As we all know I’m a sucker for all things Rioja but when a particularly good one comes around it’s especiallly great to rave a little. The ‘13 is really two wines; the first is a fairly tight but complex wine with not too much fruit and good wood that opens up quickly and takes on a much deeper and blackberry/leather character that really finishes well. — 4 days ago
Blend from the late 60s and early 70s. A pretty god wine, though it needs plenty of time to open. From what I've tasted of these non vintage Tondonias they're solid drinkers but not up to the level of the regular vintage R/GR wines.
Still, nice notes of stewed black berries, with hints of tar and an almost molasses-like finish.
NB: like most old Riojas this needed serious decanting. Don't even think about opening it if it hasn't been standing up for a month first! — 18 days ago
A great comparative tasting of CUNE Vina Real GR vs Imperial with 1976, 1973, 1970, 1966 and 1964. The '73 and '70 Vina Real were my WOTN with a certain sweet grace to them. The Imperial were, on the whole, burlier. For the money, the 73 and 70 are winners. '64 was great but not at twice the price. — 3 days ago
Been a little while since some old Rioja - this was an amazing return! As expected, this immediately showed lots of leather, tobacco, and cigar box, but opened up with some beautiful deep ripe black cherry notes. Palate is surprisingly juicy and acidic, with velvety tannins in balance. Could age further, I think. Delicious!
$40 — 7 days ago
Studying for the Court masters bev. I'm a fan. A silky wine that has has fascinating floral honeysuckle backnotes. It leads with hay-in-the-sunshine feel.m. Then there is this backnote of candied orange that is somehow not sweet. I've had their regular Tempranillo too and it's terrific. — 14 days ago
natural wine, organic Rioja, 100% Tempranillo, very juicy red fruits, clean mineral palate, can serve lightly chilled, NO OAK!! When you tatse young Rioja like this, you wonder why they so often cover this grape with oaky flavours...lovely sour cherry and crunchy red fruit character with gentle tannins and clean acidity. — 5 days ago