La Rioja Tempranillo

Mariano J. Lacort

Rioja Tempranillo 2008

Leather, violets and earth on the nose. Dark cherry, tobacco and mushroom on the pallet. Soft tannins and long finish. Better the second day. Great QPR ($30), especially for a Gran Reserva Rioja and an over ten year old vintage. Just picked this one up a few weeks ago. — 7 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Bosconia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2007

Always a pleasure to drink a Lopez De Heredia! Dried flowers galore with a solid core of dark red berries. Dusty tannins that really give the wine some character. Plenary more ahead for this one! — 5 days ago

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Love this stuff, the blanc's even more so! But they need years.
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@Severn Goodwin have yet to try the whites. Going to try and hunt some down!
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@E & K G Oh they are magical, but take need to hold 4-6 years they are finally released by RLdH, much better at 8-10+. You'll be surprised how amazing they are at those benchmarks, and how little you paid for the experience, you just need the patience. You should be able to find bottles with a few years of age on the secondary market. They also have a Gravonia and Tondonia in blancs, I've had as old as '90.

Bodegas Riojanas

Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 1942

What a beautiful wine at 77 years! 21st anniversary dinner. Started with a ‘96 Louis Latour Chevalier Montrachet that was impeccable then this 1942 Gran Reserva that was just released from the cellars of Bodegas Riojanas: gorgeously integrated fruit with secondary flavors and a surprising freshness as well as a suave texture. A great treat! — 15 days ago


Viñas Viejas Rioja Tempranillo 2015

Surprise Rioja, in that Rioja Alta & Lopez fans( CVNE, Monte Real, & Sierra Cantabria also rate) such as me think solipsistically—nothing else exists. This does. — 18 days ago

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Rioja always overperforms it’s price point no matter how high you go.

Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1994

Amazing 94. Soft, clear, elegant and complex. The fruit here is is in perfect harmony with the alcohol and the tannin. Well done. — 8 days ago

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Oh, nice!

Bodegas Altanza

Selección Especial Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2013

Fruit, tobacco, leather, and slate on the nose. Chewy, ripe red fruit with a bit of prune. The tannins are still strong but not overly so. — 6 days ago

Bodegas Faustino

Tinto Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 1970

Dried cherries, Forest floor, good acidity. Fully resolved and mature, elegant Rioja. Won’t improve from here. Drink up. — 4 days ago

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Valdegines Single Vineyard Rioja Alavesa Tempranillo 2016

In a word “Elegant,” 100% organically farmed Tempranillo from village of Laguardia, aged in barrels for nine months limiting the oak influence. Deep Ruby with aromas of dark berry fruit and subtle light spice. Palate, clean and fresh fruit flavors of cherry and sweet blackberry, very smooth with super fine velvet tannins. Long finish, complex ending bringing everything together. Outstanding about 1000 cases made. Don’t hesitate if you see a bottle. — 8 days ago

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Bodegas Muriel

Barón de Barbón Vendimia Seleccionada Rioja Tempranillo

"aromas of ripe blackberries, strawberries, cloves and vanilla lead to a smooth round palate with concentrated spicy black fruit flavors and a touch of mocha on the long finish." — 4 days ago

Bodegas Muga

Torre Muga Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2015

Beautiful wine, perfectly balanced. Big red and black fruit, with excellent freshness and acidity. — 3 days ago

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Eric Bass

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I almost bought this today. Looks like I’ll be going back tomorrow to get a bottle based on your notes. Thanks!


@Eric Bass you can’t go wrong with Muga. I hope you enjoy it!