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. — 15 hours ago
Ha, 2010 Crianza. With air starts to take on Bosconia forms. The velvety oak & vanilla notes are more pronounced on opening day, but wait: this seems to be a particularly good Cubillo vintage, it all melds into a Lopez unique form of poetry. Crushed red fruits, bay leaf, velvety, fresh mouthfeel. We all deserve 20$ bottles like this. — 15 days ago
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
I’m always excited to try a new vintage of Tondonia and earlier this week, I got to try the 2007 for the first time. A significant departure from the 2006 which was (and remains currently) open for business with very little coaxing, the 2007 is austere and loaded with VA. Some aggressive decanting was able to get the VA to blow off and slowly but surely it started to open up, revealing some high quality and seriously dark cherry fruit. A heady, serious wine that needs loads of patience right now if this bottle is representative. Hold or decant for 24 hours. — 8 days ago
The 2015 ‘Reserva’ by Marques de Caceres follows up the fantastic 2014 bottling. Sourced from this exciting warm vintage in Rioja, the wine opens with layers of red and dark fruits that are woven together with suggestions of orange rind, coffee ground and milk chocolate tones that all take shape in the glass. The silky texture entices. Black tea and Asian spices brilliantly combine with leather, damp earth and a good core of black fruits on this expressive palate. The long black fruit and mineral-driven finish lingers long on the tongue. While a delight to savor right now, the 2015 Marques de Caceres ‘Reserva’ Rioja will evolve well in the cellar for decades to come. Drink 2020-2035- 92 — 12 days ago