Rioja, Spain

Marqués de Murrieta

Finca Ygay Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2007

David T
9.2

Bought this recently for $29.99. It’s a property I visited in 2015. So, when I saw this for under $30, I just smiled and plucked it from the shelf. I knew it would be good, just not quite this beautiful. A wine good enough to make you wonder why we spend more money on a bottle of wine. A bottling to acquire to keep you free from the temptation of drinking your expensive & far too young to open reds.

The nose reveals; dusty, dark cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum and juicy, baked strawberries on the high nose, dark tarry spice, cherry cola, dusty alluvial soils, dry crushed rocks, dry herbs, dark spice, tarry notes, black olive tapenade, dry brush, dry top soil & clay, dark, rich soil, vanilla, nutmeg, dark chocolate, mocha powder with candied, dark-red florals with lavender and violets.

The body is full, lush & ripe. The tannins are rounded yet still, firm, dusty & tarry. This 07 is nearing its peak form and will hold there another 4- 5 years before it starts its slow decent. The mouthfeel is gorgeous. The structure, tension, length and balance have really hit a nice groove. Dusty, dark cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum, fresh, ripe, rhubarb and juicy, baked strawberries, anise, dark tarriness & spice, cognac notes on the deep palate set, cherry cola, dusty alluvial soil, dry crushed rocks, dry herbs, dark spice, black olive tapenade, dry brush, dry top soil & clay, dark, rich soil, vanilla, nutmeg, dark chocolate, mocha powder with candied, dark-red florals with lavender and violets. The acidity is like a waterfall. The long, well balanced, juicy, ripe, elegant elegant finish persists several minutes. Just misses 93.

Perfect Tri-Tip steak wine.

Photos from my 2015 visit. Their tasting room and surrounding vistas from the Bodega.
— 2 hours ago

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Marqués de Riscal

Reserva Elciego (Alava) Herederos del Marques de Riscal Rioja Tempranillo 2012

Nice Rioja. Dusty dark cherry and violets on the nose. Cherry, leather, chocolate on the pallet. Smooth tannins. — 4 days ago

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

Monopole Rioja Blanco Seco Viura 2015

This 2015 vintage is the best from this producer! 🍋 peal, chalky with oxidative notes. Very complex! A stellar white! — 8 days ago

P, Jim and 6 others liked this

Bodegas Beronia

Rioja Tempranillo 2015

P A
9.3

So smooth and balanced one of the many really good Spanish wines that are just under the radar. A continued label in our wine cellar. Well done Bodegas Beronia 🇪🇸Cheers 🍷 — 3 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Sounds delicious! I really like the hot climate wines. Cheers! 🍷
M. Christopher Roebuck

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I need to give this a try! @P A
Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

Sounds delicious. Cheers 🍷

Castillo Clavijo

Monte Clavijo Rioja Tempranillo-Garnacha Blend Rosé 2018

Light and refreshing for summer beach drinking. Strawberry raspberry lemon zest, and a slight tropical citrus flavor. Hard to beat for $8. — 7 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Cubillo Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2010

The 2010 ‘Vina Cubillo’ Crianza Rioja is a compelling blend of 65% Tempranillo, and 25% Garnacho, with equal parts Mazuelo and Graciano. This single vineyard Rioja opens with an intense bouquet of sandalwood with pipe tobacco, leather and red fruits that align with the citrus zest and peat moss undertones. The palate revels in its silky texture and soft mouthfeel. Generous red fruits dance with exotic spices, and shades of orange infused black truffle on this exotic palate. Marvelous now at the nine year mark, the 2010 ‘Vina Cubillo’ will cellar well for at least another decade. Drink 2019-2029- 92 — 16 days ago

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Bodegas Faustino

Faustino Rioja Gran Reserva I 2005

Killer wine, especially at the price point. Dried black cherries, plums, baking spices, dried tobacco, dried leather, eucalyptus, dust and smoke. Nice grippy tannins on the palate, but with a certain suave finesse that belies its age. Delicious. — 14 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend 2001

Cranberries, warm plumpudding, compost, porcini, cinnamon, dill and gingerbread.
Well-judged acidity adds freshness and intensity to the otherwise slightly gloomy and brooding aromatics.
Very nice.
— 7 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1977

Moving fuel. 42 year old Tempranillo and a uniquely American delicacy to celebrate Independence Day 🧀 🇺🇸 I’m unpacking boxes and listening to the Padres vs Dodgers so other than the wine I’m full throttle Americana today. The Vina Todonia cork dropped in to the bottle immediately upon contact from the Durand so I was not hopeful....but it’s totally intact and it presents with significant bricking in the decanter with expected brown and red tones and is chock full of secondary notes of burnt fig, savory smoke, cigar and soil. Soft tannins and waning acidity but it seems to be putting on “weight” as the afternoon progresses. Another solid showing from this producer at an advanced age. Great stuff. Happy 4th of July to all!! 🍎 ⚾️ 🍷 ☀️ — 17 days ago

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@Bill Bender that is how it is done
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@Bill Bender Love the pairing.
Grant Simpson

Grant Simpson

Cheez it heredia n scarecrow

Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke

Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2017

Ted
9.0

Chicken teriyaki, the 40 year old virgin, a homemade lemonade and this fine young bottle. Cherries up front like the kind you get in northern Michigan in late summer. Delicious. — 11 days ago

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