Parra Alta

Martinez Lacuesta

Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1996

A top year 96 Rioja that @ £45 is a superb buy for what would normally cost 2-3x more 👍

🍷 Garnet ruby w/ brick edge

👃 Smokey light oaky toasted balsamic earthy soggy cherry w/ farmyard, sooty herbs & mineral rock

👄 Med body of creamy smooth earthy cocoa balsamic cherry & a herby tickle

🎯 Long sticky balsamic cherry creamy cocoa lip licker w/ a herby tone
— 5 days ago

Chris, Dick and 30 others liked this

Bodegas Hidalgo la Gitana

Las 30 del Cuadrado Cepas Viejas Palomino 2016

Was a dumbo and didn't realize I had bought Sherry?
Very light golden yellow. Smells of candied nuts but tastes of proscuitto a little bit (salty).
— 12 days ago

Viña Real (CVNE)

Riserva Rioja Tempranillo 2012

The literal opposite of the Rocks & Gravel Rhone blend which we had prior, thank god, otherwise would have been dwarfed by this rich beauty. Needs air to settle into a dark inked, vanilla latte of red & black currants, tobacco leaf. A rich vintage, it seems, a bit over-the top given this Producer but still uber enjoyable — 5 days ago

Paul LafortezzaOwen Mazon
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Anthony liked this

Lafou Celler

Lafou Els Amelers Garnatxa Blanca 2015

Terra Alta has proven one of my favorite regions for white wine that nearly nobody knows about. Lafou makes one of the best - a Garnatxa Blanca of length and texture. Sweaty and mineral, the wine offers precise, clean flavors or green olive skin, almond dust, lemon pith, and Thai basil - corrupted further with tones of petrol, dried wax, rind, and salinity. What a wine. — 3 days ago

Viña Real (CVNE)

Reserva Especial Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1954

Dark blue stuff. Very dynamic and edgy, for such an old wine, surprising. Excellent — 11 days ago

Matt LichtenbergDavid McNallyPaul Woolls
with Matt, David and 1 other
Keith, Amr and 8 others liked this

La Rioja Alta

Viña Arana Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2005

This past Saturday evening with good friends we opened the 2005 La Rioja Alta Viña Arana Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend.

On the nose there was black cherry, blackberry, red currant, floral notes, fig, leather, a touch of vanilla and dried soil.

On the palate the cherry came through in a big way, with blackberry, red currant, blood orange, herbal notes, clove, licorice and dusty earth.

This wine is silky smooth medium to plus bodied with medium + acidity and medium + grippy tannins that lead to a long spicy finish. Another very enjoyable wine. Be safe and start your weekend off right. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 2 days ago

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Dawn Emory

Dawn Emory

Nice review!


Vinyes Velles Seleccio Terra Alta Grenache Blanc Blend 2014

Another stunner from the Terra Alta Do, Edetària yields an untethered expression of Garnatxa Blanca. Animale, cantaloupe peel, and dried pear pave way to apollenous, expansive mid-palate that's rustic and refined at once. A pleasant tahini-like bitterness adds complexity to the finish. — 3 days ago

Celler Frisach

Vernatxa Garnatxa Blanca

tropical fruits, pinneaple,green apples, pears, quince, good acidity and texture — 3 days ago

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1954

A bit of tobacco and age. Twisty dark fruit. Very gnarly and itemse froutz. Wow — 11 days ago

Matt LichtenbergDavid McNallyPaul Woolls
with Matt, David and 1 other
Keith, Tom and 9 others liked this

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

Crianza Rioja Tempranillo 2011

Smooth with a little bite. Slightly fizzy at first. Fruity with pineapple flavors. Like a light sav blanc — a day ago