La Rioja Tempranillo

Bodegas Orben

Orben Rioja Tempranillo

The 2009 very much enjoyed with a lovely dinner of grilled mushrooms and Turbo in Seville. Nice structure, vanilla oaky flavors nicely integrated, needed to breath a bit before drinking, I imagine lots of further aging potential here. — 7 days ago

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Marqués de Murrieta

Ygay Etiqueta Blanca Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1975

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

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Crianza Rioja Tempranillo 2013

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

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Rioja Tempranillo Blend

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

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Viña Real (CVNE)

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1973

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

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I really enjoy this maker and this pic is 👌🏽

Compañía Bodeguera Valenciso

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2008

Great rioja, big wine, earthy and big bodied fun. — 4 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Viña Alberdi Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2001

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!
— 7 days ago

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Bodegas Riojanas

Viña Albina Gran Reserva Cenicero Tempranillo Blend 1987

Garnet color. Delicate yet complex nose of roses and red fruit. Incredibly balanced palate, soft and complex. Long finish. Very classy. — 3 days ago

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Rioja Alavesa Tempranillo Blanco

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

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Ellen Clifford

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@Norman Gennaro for sure! My podcast cohost and I leave for San Diego tomorrow and are gonna record next week's episode from there all about it. I'm curious to see how the classes and test will compare with the WSETs! I'll try and get some pics of the wines they use in class there to put up here too...
Norman Gennaro

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Excellent! Living vicariously through you as I keep procrastinating on these certs. I couldn’t find your podcast link on your site. Can you let me know the name of it?
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@Norman Gennaro sure, it's called The Whine Situation. We pair comedians' whines with wines. Getting ready to hop on the road to San Diego now (oof)!

Bodega Moraza

Rioja Tempranillo 2015

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

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