La Rioja Tempranillo

Bodegas Franco-Españolas

Bordón Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2005

Just concluded our annual Fall seclusion at our cabin in the Rangeley lakes region of Maine, mobile service up there is mostly non-existent, after several days I am posting again. Notes are somewhat brief, as my focus is relaxing and watching the Common Loons swimming and diving in the cove in front of our camp.

Nose has cedar box, plum skin, milk chocolate (light), dry green herbs (light), blackberry, dried cherry, cocoa powder and cut red pepper.
Palate has ripe plum, cedar sawdust, ripe blackberry, espresso bean (light), mocha and roasted red pepper (light).
Absolutely beautiful bottle, could hold 10+ more years, last bottle of course, yet amazing, such a long finish, like wow, everyone paid attention to this bottle at dinner.
— 20 days ago

Mark, E and 18 others liked this

Viña Real (CVNE)

Riserva Rioja Tempranillo 1985

Casey Curbow
9.3

Once the gun smoke cleared, this thing had remarkably present dried fruit and herb with fully integrated oak. A birthday pull that said reinforced that I’m not dead yet. — a month ago

Campo Viejo

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2014

Light, but close to a medium body. Delicately fruity. A little dry and nicely tannic. Not a particularly complex wine, but very good for what it is. Would get it again. - @Kelly Barrows — 5 days ago

Kelly Barrows
with Kelly
Dariel liked this

Bodegas Vinicola Real

200 Monges Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2004

One of 4 wines brought to Folly Beach to enjoy a pre-15th anniversary celebration. Nose of black licorice and young pipe tobacco. Entry is a little bit sweeter, but classic Rioja with terroir driven notes, full bodied black cherry, black licorice, smoked pipe tobacco, brambleberry cola, semi-sweet plums, mint. Definitely more on the full-bodied side. Finishes long with a lot of pepper and flinty character. I honestly think this one has a solid 10 years ahead of it. — 5 days ago

Clive, Shawn and 22 others liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Bosconia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2007

Shay A
9.2

As expected, even at 12yrs, this is very youthful. It’s rich without being heavy or dense. Cherry tobacco leaves accompanied by herbs de Provence and coconut/dill shavings on the nose. Crazy tart on the palate with high acidity. Mostly black cherry tart and fleshy cherry skin with a more herbal seasoning type finish. Give this time to evolve and add layers. — 8 days ago

Mark Flesher
with Mark
Mark, Stanley and 37 others liked this

Bodegas LAN

Viña Lanciano Single Vineyard Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2012

This seven-year-old Rioja is showing black plums and leather on the nose, with equally dark and savory flavors on the palate. The tannins are no longer youthfully toothy, but still have enough bite to handle a ribeye steak. A real enjoyment which will also pair well with fall and winter stews.
— 15 days ago

P, David and 2 others liked this

Marqués de Murrieta

Dalmau Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2013

My first Dalmau ever. What can i say, not ready at all, but what a terrific creamy nose. Complex and velvety with an explosion of aromas of wild fruit, dark chocolate and mineral notes. The palate is a beast with good tannic backbone, freshness and beautifull oak. A serious wine with lot of potential. Powerhouse! — 7 days ago

Peter, John and 2 others liked this

Bodegas Campillo

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Graciano 2009

Another lovely wine! Better than last night but only marginally, so same score. These Spanish and Portuguese wines have the best textures. Definitely drink a little bit on the warmer side. This wine has more fruit and rust elements. Very refined and paired nicely with the suckling pig. — 6 days ago

Brooke Weaver Jakubowski
with Brooke
Tom, David and 2 others liked this

Baron de Ley

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2008

Raspberry, cherry, cranberry and plum fruits. Hints of violets, Tomato, chocolate and Smokey vanilla on the finish. Very soft and fresh tasting. There is an elegance here. Thanks Ron! — 5 days ago

Familia Montaña

Crianza Rioja Tempranillo 2016

$16 Really really good - a bite and smooth finish 13%abv this has been opened for a few days and still....it rocks — 5 days ago