La Rioja Tempranillo

Bodegas Franco-Españolas

Rioja Bordón Reserva Tempranillo 2011

My last Wednesday Wine Committee to attend this year. Quite the lesson in Spanish wines! As always, all wines are tasted blind.

The most difficult of the 4 reds to figure out. I ended up going to Bordeaux with this. First notes were Cab Franc like with black and red fruits as well as a small bit of pepper, but the pepper gave way to plum and herbal notes. Probably needs another 3 years to really show appropriately.
— 4 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

Severn Goodwin

Good stuff, agreed on some aging. I recently finished my '08's, wonderful, but more importantly, cost-effective purchases.

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

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2013

Garnet in color. The nose is so toasty! I love it! That’s joined with aromas of violets, wild berries, licorice, sticky fresh herbs, and vanilla. On the palate it’s medium bodied with perfectly balanced tannin and acidity, but carrying an ethanol burn. There’s flavors of cherries, blackberries, licorice, vanilla, and leather. It finishes boozy and with flavors of blackberries and leather. This is AWESOME. — 3 days ago

Bodegas Franco-Españolas

Bordón Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 1970

Limpid soft wood and cherry nose. Lovely clear wine with amber. Very pretty and poised. Delicate cherry fruit- simple but very balanced. In good shape given the outside of the bottle- still life in this yet — 20 days ago

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Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

Black Label Crianza Rioja Tempranillo 2013

My last Wednesday Wine Committee to attend this year. Quite the lesson in Spanish wines! As always, all wines are tasted blind.

Young? Yes. But the nose was to die for. Sweet American oak notes of dill and coconut. Needs another 5 years to come together, but for the price, this is a nice value. Great blackberry, boysenberry, and charred cedar notes.
— 4 days ago

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Campo Viejo

Rioja Tempranillo 2015

Crimson in color. The four months of oak aging shows on the nose with vanilla and cloves, but it’s still plenty fruity with aromas if cherry cola and strawberry jam. On the palate it’s light bodied with dusty tannin and shining acidity. There’s flavors of cherries, blueberries, dried tea leaf, and vanilla. It finishes tart with cranberries and oak. Year to year this wine is consistently a safe bet, never failing to provide good stuff for the price. — 3 days ago

La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva 2008

Steller Rioja! Enjoyed the silky body and earthy complexity. Paired with a variety of tapas. — a day ago

Andrea, Paul and 5 others liked this

Bodegas Muga

Selección Especial Rioja Tempranillo 2011

This really came around after an hour of air, shedding its chunky-ness to become quite refreshing and complex, if a touch modern with sweet fruit. — 2 days ago

Phil, David and 31 others liked this

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

Crianza Rioja Tempranillo 2013

"Запах разлитой бутылки дешёвого столовняка" (и шершавые танины) исчезают где-то через час аэрирования.
Остаётся сладкий бальзамически- кожано-вишнёвый аромат, адекватный аромату вкус с бочкой и ванилью (вкусное, шелковистое), пустой бокал шикарно пахнет сигарами.
Приятная крианса. Не за тыщу с лишним, конечно, но за 650 более чем.
— 2 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Viña Arana Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

Beautiful coconut and dill weed mixed with some sweet & sour component. Some tobacco leaves as well. Well structured and balanced. — 7 days ago

Eric, Ron and 6 others liked this

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

Imperial Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2004

This Wine is summed up by Tobacco Leaf Liquorice Plum and Leather. 90% Temperanillo 10 % Graciano. Very savoury and dusty-a delicious red from Rioja. Wine Spectator says drink till 2024. Should drink more Spanish Reds. — 15 days ago

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Bill Bender

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CVNE is a really fun producer. You can source older—very old—vintages at a very reasonable price.
Bob McDonald

Bob McDonald

Yes Bill. I think this was not released until it was 9 years old in 2013 so the producers very confident in its longevity.