Bodegas Obalo

Crianza Rioja Tempranillo

8.883 ratings
9.03 pro ratings
La Rioja Alta, La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo
Lamb, Tomato-Based, Polenta, Hard Cheese, Pork, Beef, Pasta, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Venison, Exotic Spices, Potato, Turkey, Beans & Peas, Herbs, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Duck, Salami & Prosciutto, White Rice, Chili & Hot Spicy, Lasagna, Pizza, Barbecue, Mexican Cuisine, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Chris Zitzman

Violets bloom on the nose, and as it opens it works it’s way onto the palate with a TON of grace and fine-yet-lovely tannins. The mid-palate of this Tempranillo is one of the most accessible and expressive wines that I’ve ever had at its price.
And here I thought the secret of great, affordable Spanish wines had been exposed. The Obalo is a stand-out.

Violets bloom on the nose, and as it opens it works it’s way onto the palate with a TON of grace and fine-yet-lovely tannins. The mid-palate of this Tempranillo is one of the most accessible and expressive wines that I’ve ever had at its price.
And here I thought the secret of great, affordable Spanish wines had been exposed. The Obalo is a stand-out.

Apr 6th, 2020
Garrett Dale

Deep, smokey and smooth. No idea what's happening on this bottle label though. Happy Thanksgiving 2013.

Deep, smokey and smooth. No idea what's happening on this bottle label though. Happy Thanksgiving 2013.

2 people found it helpfulNov 28th, 2013
Owen Mazon

I really enjoyed this new Rioja. A departure from old style, but not ultra modern. Very focused, streamlined with depth but not too fruity.

I really enjoyed this new Rioja. A departure from old style, but not ultra modern. Very focused, streamlined with depth but not too fruity.

1 person found it helpfulNov 22nd, 2018
Enric Vila

2009
Tempranillo

2009
Tempranillo

1 person found it helpfulMar 3rd, 2015
Isaac Pirolo

So the first hour and a half is like trying to taste blackberries while standing in a tire fire. Burning rubber and sulfur dioxide, with some tart dark fruit. I'm guessing this will be much better tomorrow, once the enormous amount of sulfur blows off, but I've lost patience.

So the first hour and a half is like trying to taste blackberries while standing in a tire fire. Burning rubber and sulfur dioxide, with some tart dark fruit. I'm guessing this will be much better tomorrow, once the enormous amount of sulfur blows off, but I've lost patience.

Oct 10th, 2016
Gujumack

good. will look for some more. at home. given as a present

good. will look for some more. at home. given as a present

May 24th, 2020
Hernan Hernandez

Fruit forward wine, light body. Can take a chill for the summer time.

Fruit forward wine, light body. Can take a chill for the summer time.

Jul 29th, 2019
Philip Cook

Not old school and not truly new school, this strikes a nice balance in terms of judicious use of oak and black and red fruits. Firm tannins throughout. Probably best with red meats but still enjoyable on its own. Great bang for the buck.

Not old school and not truly new school, this strikes a nice balance in terms of judicious use of oak and black and red fruits. Firm tannins throughout. Probably best with red meats but still enjoyable on its own. Great bang for the buck.

Feb 15th, 2019
rhyannon rose

Light bodied, drinkable wine.

Light bodied, drinkable wine.

Feb 18th, 2018
Big Red

Solid but nothing too memorable

Solid but nothing too memorable

Feb 15th, 2018