Parra Alta

Bodegas Muga

Aro Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2009

This is a super hard Rioja to get your hands on (think Rocking Horse 💩) & is Mugas top wine only produced in top vintages so I was quite happy to find this & some 2015 as only around 5,600 bottles 😮 it’s not cheap at £120-£155 but I’ve been chasing for ages! Having had the amazing Prado Enea & Torre Muga in 09 I couldn’t wait 😊 The verdict? It’s a monster 😈 but will benefit 5-10 years more age 😉

📍 Bodegas Muga - Aro 2009

🏵 95 points w/ 96-98+ potential 👀

🍇 70% Tempranillo & 30% Graciano

💥 14.5% ABV

💨 4hrs+ or 15 mins in

🍷 Deep opaque blackened ruby

👃 Double shot mocha through more coffee, black cherry & blackcurrant w/ blueberry, liquorice, dark red roses, violet & drowned red fruits w/ a touch of balsamic & vanilla cream

👄 Med++ intense loaded dark fruit body of black cherry, blackcurrant & blueberry bathed in cocoa mocha cream w/ a hint of balsamic & liquorice in fine slight dry tannins & mineral

🎯 Long deep dark fruit annihilation w/ a red fruit undertone & big mocha liquorice slight dry mineral kiss
— 10 days ago

Chris, Mark and 18 others liked this

Bodegas LAN

Reserva Culmen Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2004

This was great. Very good wine for 14 years old. Very floral on the nose and a hint of floral on the palate with soft red fruit and easy going tannins. Not sure how much time it had left but completely enjoyed this wine. — 10 days ago

Marqués de Murrieta

Finca Ygay Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2014

Madera y caramelo destacan en boca. Agradable pos gusto. Mejora cada vez que lo pruebo — 2 days ago

Ana María
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Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2005

Deep ruby core and reasonably wide ruby rim. Slightly Deeper than the 07. Starting to show more complexity and development also. More undergrowth , tobacco. There is a sweet ripe strawberry/ blackberry compote note. Some mineral once again. Lovely ripe blackberry fruit, plum , very long and complex . Tannin is evident, though ripe it is fine grained and hangs on the finish. Acid is also higher than the 07. A big wine , really needs more time . Very complex mineral and coffee edged finish. Best of the 3 so far. — 10 days ago

Ira, Severn and 2 others liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Rosé 2008

Beautiful rosé! The vibrancy, elegance and brightness of fruit belie the years in oak. Of course the american oak oxidative quality is noticeable, but not at the expense of drinkability and balance. I thought this was a trophy wine, but it is not, it is a wine that I wish I could get my hands on to drink regularly! — 7 days ago

La Rioja Alta

Reserva 904 Rioja Tempranillo 1985

Another beauty from @lariojaaltasa that I nabbed from @gabbymeetswine @vilaviniteca for €150 and it’s singing 😍 check Instagram for pics of cork & wine ⏩ This is at peak drinking 🕺

📍 La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 1985

🏵 96 points

🍇 85% Tempranillo w/ Mazuelo & Graciano

🍷 Slight garnet clear ruby w/ brick edge

👃 Smokey charred oak in a damp cellar through mashed earthy cherry & old leather w/ balsamic, cocoa, herbs & vanilla expressed perfectly in a Zalto Burgundy glass

👄 Med body of super silky fine creamed cherry bathed in cocoa w/ red berry tones & light balsamic

🎯 A very long balsamic cherry cocoa linger that just goes on and on 😍 w/ a touch of dry oak as it dissipates into mocha
— 5 days ago

Chris, Casey and 20 others liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1981

Tasted blind. Nice bright tawny color. Notes of cherry, rhubarb, stems, moist soil and pea shoots. Lots of fruit in the mouth. A bit disjointed and kind of went all over the place. I guessed red burgundy, and there were other guesses citing other continents. A true CMF wine. We all guessed the color and the planet right. — 17 days ago

Eric, Mark and 14 others liked this

Alta Vista

Malbec Blend 2011

Very dark fruits, medium to heavy bodied. cherries, dark plums, blueberry, black currants, espresso, and hints of dark chocolate followed by medium peppery notes and mild peppercorn. Mild chewiness and leather. It is excellently balanced, and a very elegant wine. Decanted for 40 minutes and enjoyed over several hours, as it continued to evolve. — 9 days ago

Anthony De, "Odedi" and 9 others liked this

Herencia Altes

L'Estel Garnacha-Syrah Blend 2015

Thanksgiving wine 2018. Great light fruit forward wine that went with everything. Ribs, Brussels sprouts, Ham, stuffed chicken, Mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, sweet mashed potatoes, and 3 slices of pumpkin pie! — 18 days ago

La Rioja Alta

890 Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1982

When @gabymeetswine @vilaviniteca said they had an old LRA 890 @ €220 I bit her hand off & what a lovely experience 😍 Scroll for extra pics of the colour, cork & meal on Instagram 😉 Reminds me of Tondonia 1961 😁

🥩 Paired w/ Puff pasty Mexican beef wheel, cheesy baked Tato & veg perfectly

📍 La Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva 1982

🏵 94-95 points

🍇 Tempranillo with small quantities of Graciano & Mazuelo

🍷 Garnet ruby w/ brick edge

👃Smokey oak, fig, prune, date, musty damp cellar & soggy earth through old cherry & red berry fruits w/ lead pencil, minerals & a balsamic leather sherry mocha tone & hint of liquorice expressed perfectly in a Zalto Burgundy glass 😍

👄 Med body of smooth elegant red berry & red cherry in mocha & balsamic juice

🎯 Long red cherry & red fruit balsamic cocoa linger w/ a light minerality
— 15 days ago

Chris, Severn and 26 others liked this