La Rioja Tempranillo

Bodegas Muga

Selección Especial Rioja Tempranillo 2009

The Muga may be one of the best PVs in all of winedom. Rich and sexy, smooth as silk. From the nose to the loooonnng finish class in a glass. — 2 days ago

Severn, Hugh and 21 others liked this

Artadi

Pagos Viejos Rioja Tempranillo 1998

A subtle Spaniard but not shy plenty of red and black fruit with a touch of graphite — 9 days ago

Rob, Ted and 18 others liked this

Bodegas Beronia

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2011

Took a bit of a break from rating wines. Wanted to reset and be truly in the moment of the experience.

Anyways, this Tempranillo was a joy. Plums, figs, dark cherries, slight hints of cloves, vanilla, and soft peppery spices. Well integrated and balanced. Paired with Hy’s traditional Ceasar salad and Filet mignon (medium rare).
— 3 days ago

Ryan, Hugh and 8 others liked this

Berberana

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 1970

Wonderful and fully resolved, not profound and a little short on finish, but delicious. — 16 days ago

Byron, Ira and 5 others liked this

Bodegas Valdemar

Conde Valdemar Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2010

Vintage 2010 / Lots of character. BlackBerry. Also a bit a stinking impression and metal (?). Juicy with good acidity. — 4 days ago

Diederick, Severn and 11 others liked this

Bodega Alegre Valgañon

Bahierra Viñedos Viejo Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2016

Charles (Chad) Bucklin
9.1

A nose with qualities of the northern Rhone. Not your typical "classic" Rioja. Clean and precise nose with great intensity and complexity. The palate is lively and structured with great tension. Focused on just ripened black fruit, pepper, flowers, coffee and stoniness. Well balanced and a nice finish. This will be fun to see in 10 years. — a day ago

jesus, Romain and 2 others liked this

Bodegas Casado Morales

Gran Reserva Rioja Alavesa Tempranillo 2007

Textbook gran reserva from the northern part of Rioja. Nose of cassis, dark fruit,, and prunes with hints of tobacco and a bit of leather. Strong acidity holds it all together on the palate while flavors of vanilla and oak lead to a lingering finish. I really like this - it has aged well. 2007 vintage on Feb 6, 2020 — 4 days ago

Jeff liked this

Viñedos de Páganos

El Puntido Rioja Tempranillo

Paul K
9.2

Paired with organic sirloin (a little too gamey IMO) but the wine actually compliments well and makes up for it. Cherry, licorice, and smoke with a touch of old world acidity. Really dig this wine! Not your typical Rioja. — 15 days ago

Severn, Tom and 12 others liked this

La Rioja Alta

Viña Alberdi Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2014

2013 had a cheap cork that couldn’t be opened with a regular cork screw. 2014 corrected that, but those nickels had to be saved somewhere else. I’m a BIG fan of this wine, but this vintage is in question. I absolutely believe they’re using some sort of artificial vanilla and oak. Something is going on here because it tastes nothing like that past 6 vintages before it. That classic La Alta trademark palette has changed and it’s not because it’s a different vintage. It tastes artificial, no way else to explain it. Something is going on. Too bad. — 6 days ago

Marqués de Riscal

Herederos del Marques de Riscal Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 1975

dusty musty wine we first thought lightly corked, but the clouds cleared and the fruit shone brightly. Drink up, though, won’t get better. — 15 days ago

Conrad, Eric and 1 other liked this