Bodegas Ondarre

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

8.958 ratings
9.13 pro ratings
La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo Blend
Duck, Pasta, Beans & Peas, Goose, Chili & Hot Spicy, Exotic Spices, Game, Baking Spices, Herbs, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Turkey, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Tomato-Based, Venison, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Onion, Chicken, Veal, Paella
Top Notes For
Ken Z
9.1

Drank 7/24/19. Nice pairing with pork chops and a dijon pan sauce.

Originally drank this a year ago, and some time in the bottle has definitely rounded this out, making for a better wine.

Nose of ripe red fruits, BlackBerry, and vanilla.  Black cherry and BlackBerry flavors mix with earth and some medium plus, dry tannins on the palate.  Long finish .

4/21/8/4/4 + 50 =91 pts.

Drank 7/24/19. Nice pairing with pork chops and a dijon pan sauce.

Originally drank this a year ago, and some time in the bottle has definitely rounded this out, making for a better wine.

Nose of ripe red fruits, BlackBerry, and vanilla.  Black cherry and BlackBerry flavors mix with earth and some medium plus, dry tannins on the palate.  Long finish .

4/21/8/4/4 + 50 =91 pts.

Jul 25th, 2019
Ken Z
9.0

Drank 7/2/18. Another Value Costco wine at around $12. This got a 95 from Decanter. Makes me scratch my head, but it is a nice value. Nice pairing with Rigatonni with a mushroom ragu.

Nose of red and black cherry with a touch of earth and spice. Red cherry, with light earth and tar flavors backed by medium tannins. Tannins produce a drying effect on the finish, that fades to leave behind juicy red cherry flavors. I don't get a lot of oak notes, aside for some spice presence. You could easily confuse this for an Italian red.

Addendum: After vacuum sealing for a couple of days more aromas of earth and some light wood scents emerge, and the flavors seem to darken a bit. Perhaps this will improve with a couple of years in bottle. I will adjust my initial rating from an 89 to a 90.

3/22/7 +1/4/3 +50 = 90 pts

Drank 7/2/18. Another Value Costco wine at around $12. This got a 95 from Decanter. Makes me scratch my head, but it is a nice value. Nice pairing with Rigatonni with a mushroom ragu.

Nose of red and black cherry with a touch of earth and spice. Red cherry, with light earth and tar flavors backed by medium tannins. Tannins produce a drying effect on the finish, that fades to leave behind juicy red cherry flavors. I don't get a lot of oak notes, aside for some spice presence. You could easily confuse this for an Italian red.

Addendum: After vacuum sealing for a couple of days more aromas of earth and some light wood scents emerge, and the flavors seem to darken a bit. Perhaps this will improve with a couple of years in bottle. I will adjust my initial rating from an 89 to a 90.

3/22/7 +1/4/3 +50 = 90 pts

Jul 2nd, 2018
Joe Roth

Not a Gran Riserva but has aged well.

Not a Gran Riserva but has aged well.

1 person found it helpfulApr 3rd, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

On the nose, fresh, ripe floral; blackberries, black raspberries, blueberries & plum. Black raspberries cola, big vanilla, cinnamon, some clove & nutmeg, caramel, black licorice, dark rich soils, soft, dry, powdery minerals and lots of purple flowers & violets.

On the palate; the body is medium. The tannins are dark, slightly tarry and gently sticky. The fruits are ripe & juicy; blackberries, mulberries, plum, blue fruits & black raspberries with strawberries coming on late as it opens. Black raspberry & raspberry cola, soft baking spices of; vanilla, cinnamon, clove & nutmeg in that order of intensity, soft, black licorice, dark spice, soft powdery minerals and fine, dusty, dry rock powder, some rich, moist, dark semi-sweet earth, some leather, fresh, bright, purple flowers & violets, waterfall acidity and ripe, ruby, elegant, juicy, fruit finish with notes of earth. Delicious & very easy to drink.

Photos of, an amazing shot of Rioja. Ondarre barrel room. The library cellar at Ondarre. Bodega Ondarre.

@Delta One

On the nose, fresh, ripe floral; blackberries, black raspberries, blueberries & plum. Black raspberries cola, big vanilla, cinnamon, some clove & nutmeg, caramel, black licorice, dark rich soils, soft, dry, powdery minerals and lots of purple flowers & violets.

On the palate; the body is medium. The tannins are dark, slightly tarry and gently sticky. The fruits are ripe & juicy; blackberries, mulberries, plum, blue fruits & black raspberries with strawberries coming on late as it opens. Black raspberry & raspberry cola, soft baking spices of; vanilla, cinnamon, clove & nutmeg in that order of intensity, soft, black licorice, dark spice, soft powdery minerals and fine, dusty, dry rock powder, some rich, moist, dark semi-sweet earth, some leather, fresh, bright, purple flowers & violets, waterfall acidity and ripe, ruby, elegant, juicy, fruit finish with notes of earth. Delicious & very easy to drink.

Photos of, an amazing shot of Rioja. Ondarre barrel room. The library cellar at Ondarre. Bodega Ondarre.

@Delta One

1 person found it helpfulMay 2nd, 2018
Yuri Lazarev

Риоха в старом, классическом стиле. За 5 евро - находка.

Риоха в старом, классическом стиле. За 5 евро - находка.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 6th, 2016
Christina Vasquez-Young

Amazing wine for price, Vanilla and blackberries cheery and sweet spice. Very smooth but strong finish

Amazing wine for price, Vanilla and blackberries cheery and sweet spice. Very smooth but strong finish

1 person found it helpfulMay 27th, 2015
aisforalan

delicious. buy again from main street wine. orleans.

delicious. buy again from main street wine. orleans.

Jan 9th, 2021
Sergio De Jesus

Great wine. Bold finish but smooth with a hint of fruit on the draw.

Great wine. Bold finish but smooth with a hint of fruit on the draw.

Mar 16th, 2020
Jonathan Hasson

A really nice wine from Costco! Quite a deal. Super smooth and tasty.

A really nice wine from Costco! Quite a deal. Super smooth and tasty.

Nov 13th, 2018
Misha Ko

Good and not sweet at $12

Good and not sweet at $12

Aug 1st, 2018