La Rioja Tempranillo


Rioja Tempranillo 2018

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Nice fruity nose with cedar, black currants, black cherries, light earth, vegetables, vanilla, licorice, spices, dark chocolates and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, spices, espresso, chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Medium finish with grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Tempranillo from Rioja. Still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself.

Good right out of the bottle, but after an hour of airtime, tannins come in with nice structure. I really enjoyed the nose here.

Showing a great mouthfeel, but might be much for some (grippy tannins). Needs 5 years in the bottle to chill out.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

100% Tempranillo grapes were aged in French and American oak barrels for 12 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 12 days ago

Dick, Andrew and 19 others liked this

Luis Alegre

Koden Rioja Tempranillo 2016

That's a fun wine! Blackberry and cherry on the nose, olive, it could well be a grenache. The palate is very well made and balanced. Strong acid backbone, great width and weight on the sides, silky mouthfeel, huge tannic wall in mid palate before a very long blackberry palate. Nice one! An exelole of rioja without oak, and that works well! — 16 days ago

Alex, Bob and 8 others liked this

Bodegas Marques de Reinosa

Rioja Tempranillo 2016

Wasn't expecting to enjoy this so much. Immediately after opening, it's bursting with sweet cherries and ripe plums, sweet but not in a cloying way. After resting and chilling a bit, the sweetness is toned down and balanced by tannic sour cherry skin and some savory grill char. Some stoney sharpness as well.
The color is deep dark red and the body is medium-light.
Doesn't have tons of depth or complexity but still highly enjoyable both alone and with food. Excellent value!
— 4 days ago

Bodegas LAN

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2011

Upon opening the nose was great... but the palette was muted and tight. It took until the third night to open up. And then the Lan was glorious Rioja! At ten years old there is no sign of maturity... and even at 3 nights the finish was clamping down. I’ll bury my other bottle and have the kids dig it up someday. — 4 days ago

Eric, Romain and 4 others liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Cubillo Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2011

I still have some lingering, messed up taste buds from COVID, and my nose is only running at about 35%, but the cherries are bold, the tannins are silky and there’s a nice lingering acidity, with bold notes of cedar and the underside of leather. Really a perfect pairing for any tomato based sauce, tonight, Bucatini all'Amatriciana with spaghetti squash, grated pecorino, Shitake mushrooms and capers. Really a perfect food pairing. — 2 days ago

Tiva Feltman
with Tiva
John, Ericsson and 8 others liked this


Good review.

Bodegas Muga

Gran Reserva Prado Enea Rioja Tempranillo 2006

Part 6, day 2. No notes. A bigger Rioja expression than Rioja Alta drunk earlier, & better — 8 days ago

Owen Mazon
with Owen
Peter, Alex and 5 others liked this

Bodegas Montecillo

Viña Cumbrero Crianza Rioja Tempranillo 1996

This is a variety that ages well in wood, producing wines with a good tannic structure, colour and acidity during the ageing process. The reserva wines of Bodegas Montecillo spend approximately 2 years in American oak barrels, producing a style that adheres to the principles of classic Rioja wines. — 4 days ago

Eddie, Juan and 18 others liked this

Viñedos del Contino (CVNE)

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2012

This is not a big wine, maybe a little thin in the palate, but it has a good nose with great red floral aromatics and fresh fruit, red cherry, spicy raspberry, juicy plum, creamy vanilla, mixed herbs, candied flowers, incense, woodsmoke, leather and some crunchy, charred earth. The wine is ending with a great, fresh and mouthfilling acidity so that you want another sipp... — a day ago

Alex, Ronald and 6 others liked this


Comportillo Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2013

Colores rojos intentos, rubi a contra luz, morados obscuros.
Olores frutales, fresas, cerezas, olor dulce, madera, pero con presencia de alcohol.
Sabor en entrada a la boca dulce, acides media, con cuerpo medio, algo seco, vino astringente, al tragar es ácido, fuerte, con sabor a roble, largo en boca.

Es un vino seductor, ya que te su olor te llama por su dulzor, pero es un vino engañoso ya que juega con la seducción que presenta en su olor y su fuerte sabor al tragar, por lo tanto engaña.

Buen vino para conversar íntimamente..
Vino del amor!
— a day ago

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

Imperial Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2015

Deep Ruby, aromas of sweet red and black fruits with pepper spice and oak. 4 grape blend from some of CVNE's best vineyards in the Rioja Alta (85% Tempranillo, rest Garnacha, Mazuelo & Graciano), aged in both French and American oak for 24 months. On the palate flavors of blackberry and currants with licorice, vanilla, tobacco & toasty oak tones. Soft full ripe tannins, wonderful balance, lively acidity on a long finish ending with an earthy mineral character. Very nice! Tried several bottles! — 9 days ago

Vanessa, Romain and 6 others liked this