Navarra, Spain

Bodegas Muga

Selección Especial Rioja Tempranillo 2019

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Light nose of cherries, red plums, raspberries, earth, light oak, tobacco and coffee.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with currants, light wood, spices, coffee, black plums, cherries, earth, black pepper, tobacco leaf, herbs and light vegetables.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Rioja Reserva is easy drinking and good with food. Showing a soft mouthfeel with nice complexity.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 15 years.

I paired it with a dry aged steak in blue cheese.

A blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo and 3% Graciano. Aged in French oak barrels for 26 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 4 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Bosconia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1981

Medium garnet wide watery rim . No oxidation whatsoever , really quite floral and enticing on the nose , dried strawberry raspberry fruits , truffle , spiced old wood notes . On the palate lovely freshness and elegance with those red fruit, truffle and spiced strawberry, earl grey tea notes . Good length , just slightly drying on the finish now , apart from that this wine really does show well . Very elegant and precise . If you have the bottles open over the next 5 years or so . @ Rockpool Sydney , great suggestion from the sommelier even if I did really want to stick to Australia !
— 22 days ago

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Andrew Cullimore

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Haha , yes Bob that is the only regret I have about that choice ! Though in fairness my first choice (Jasper Hill , Emily’s Paddock 1993) they had just sold out of ! Their list is really quite fantastic in its depth , and not just of Australian wines . The steak was pretty good also !
Bob McDonald

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Yes, I remember going there to tick off wines from the “1001 Wines to Drink before you die”. I think much of it came from an American collector and was strong from the USA and across the board. I remember having a Pride Mountain (Napa) and a Numanthia (Spain) on various visits. Sadly they had the odd fake like a DRC RC 1945 for $75,000 which was removed from the list. Rudi strikes again?
Andrew Cullimore

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I can imagine it would take quite some time to go through that list ! Yes , the American partner in Rockpool had purchased quite a lot of Rudy fakes he ended up suing his insurer for $18 million and…. he lost.

Baron de Ley

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo

Nice full bodied wine. Very. V2018 — 5 days ago

Jorge Rodriguez
with Jorge

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2012

Blend of mostly Tempranillo with about equal amounts of Garnacho, Graciano and Manzuelo, deep Ruby with a graceful bouquet of berry fruits, cigar box spice with fresh earthy tones, a traditional Rioja, still reticent. On the silky smooth palate, elegant with layers of flavors of ripe blackberry and cherry, tobacco, smoky cedar, dark fruit, vanilla spice, very well balanced with fine soft tannins and a clean structure ending with a nice long chalky earthy character. Delicious! Still has room to age. — 2 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Viña Alberdi Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2017

100% tempranillo, aged in oak for 2 years. Deep Ruby with aromas of berry fruits, spice and herb notes. On the palate flavors of cherry and blackberry with notes of oak and black pepper notes. Fine soft tannins, great balance with acidity, long finish ending with fruit, vanilla, oak and slight earthy spice character. Will age short term! — 8 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Gran Reserva 904 Rioja Tempranillo Graciano 2011

… Magnificent ( Red ) — 6 days ago

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Bodegas El Nido

Clio Jumilla Monastrell-Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2005

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

Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2004

Last Sunday lunch with Roast Lamb. A 20 year old Rioja fitted the bill nicely. A blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. Aged in new French and American oak for 24 months. Aromatics of tobacco leaf, plum, ashphalt and a bit of tar. A medicinal note the following night. The palate is medium to full bodied with berry, plum and liquorice. Resolved Tannins - quite fluid. This was Wine Spectators No. 1 wine for 2013 and now drinking at its peak but could go on for another 5 years on the evidence of this superb wine. — 5 days ago

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Descendientes de José Palacios

Pétalos Bierzo Mencía 2020

Deep purple with a garnet core. The nose is absolutely ridiculous with jammy fruit and earth. Blue and black berries with just a touch of cranberry for kicks. It’s so pretty.

Warm and inviting, there’s a good bit of finesse and personality here. It takes around an hour for the heat to blow off and once it does it becomes silky and more refined than you’re probably assuming. More berries and earth on the palate with some really nice spice on the finish. A fun surprise of a wine.
— 20 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Gravonia Crianza Rioja Viura 2013

A blend of 80% Tempranillo with 15% Garnacha, rest Graciano and Mazuelo, aged 5 years in American oak, deep Ruby with aromas of ripe jammy fruits, spice and tobacco notes, resulting from a warm dry growing season. On the palate flavors of ripe plum, blueberry and ripe cherry with spice, tobacco and cedar notes. Fine big rustic tannins, long finish, savory ending with tobacco and leather notes. Nice! — a month ago

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