I have a long history with Marques de Riscal. I enjoy the wines and appreciate them for what they are. This one is nearly black in the glass. The nose is huge- lots of black berries, blue fruits and a wallop of charcoaled oak. Violets and spice round it out. On the palate it shows off black fruits, sassafras, vanilla and an oaky component. Delicious but a touch of bitterness on the midpalate detracts. Violets and blueberry really take over on the finish alongside medium tannins. The bitterness is the only detractor that unbalances this otherwise delicious wine. 89 points and 4 stars for this $15 effort which is solidly produced and made from Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo. Salut….
I have only tasted two other Kirkland branded wines. They were both just okay. This is a shot at redemption. I have purchased this bottle and a Cabernet that I will get to next week. Here’s hoping for the best!
In the glass it is of medium opacity, with a lighter shade of purple. The nose offers up plums, star anise and vanilla bean. On the palate, I am surprised and happy. Smooth, balanced and very tasty. The plums give way to blue fruits, juicy acidity and tannins that are present but not impeding. The anise flavor really hits me on the mid palate. Earthy Tempranillo hints peek out every so often and the tar component that I like in Rioja finally emerges. Decent length finish of black cherry and oak. The wine has backbone and good balance. It offers immediate pleasure with some cellaring potential. Drink with hard cheeses, a lamb stew or even some kebabs and rice. 88 points and 5 stars for this relative bargain at $7, yup, $7. Salut….
Very deep purple color. The nose is voluptuous with tons of plums, bramble, some tar and an earthiness. On the palate I get upfront dryness with lots of tannins leading up to the plum core, with blueberry and creosote adding to the mix. The tannins really dry up my gums and are going to go swimmingly well with the Lamb shanks that are braising. The mid palate is mostly blue fruits and more gum dryness. The finish has that earthiness that I love about Riojas. It’s a dusty, tarry, brambly thing that I really enjoy. Even though I am sure this wine has had lashings of Oak, it is not overly evident. What wood is present is very integrated. Reservas are only made in certain years, this one is pretty decent IMHO. 90 points and 5 stars for this relatively modest $15 Tempranillo. I would say buy a case and drink for the foreseeable future! Salut….
Very dark purple. Nose is loaded with plum, violets, vanillin and some earthiness. On the palate- black fruits, a sour cherry component and leather. Classic Rioja with the earthiness. The wine has some really juicy acidity but the well integrated tannins are a little green for me. The label claims a 92 RP rating, I’m going with 90 points as I feel the acidity overpowers the tannins and the balance is a little off. I like the fruit profile though and encourage you to drink now. I paired it with grilled blackened Pork chops and sautéed Spinach. $20 and 3 stars. Salut….
I have a history with this wine. It was introduced to me by friends, one of whose father was Chairman of the Board way back in the day. I have drunk many vintages over the past 20 years and look forward to each bottle. Quality can be a little inconsistent over the years but generally speaking this is a very good staple for the cellar. This particular vintage is dark and brooding in the glass It offers up notes of lush blackberry with lashings of black cherry pie and vanilla. On the palate I get some raisin, blackberry, tar and almond. Very Tempranillo-like. The tannins are quite polished and unobtrusive. They join the party midpalate and carry through to the medium length finish. The flavors are mostly primal right now but I sense that development is forthcoming and this wine will evolve nicely. The predominance of that earthy tar component really excites me as this is my favorite Tempranillo trait. This wine will drink well till 2025 at the least and begs for roasted meats, a hearty game stew or some heavy duty cheese. I’m going 90 points, and for $16 this is a 4 star effort. Salut….
When I see a wine that advertises a 97 point Decanter (or any other reputable critic for that matter) rating that I can get for under $14 it’s a must try. So I bought a bunch of this back in 2015 and forgot about them, until now. The wine is a medium purple with a touch of orange. On the nose, very fresh aromas of black cherry, blueberry and some oak. On the palate I get just what I was hoping for. Vibrant blue fruits, rich plum, some creosote and olive. The wine has a tannic streak that starts at the beginning and crescendos at the finish. The mid palate shows off some Tempranillo earthiness and some rhubarb, the sour kind. That is where I sense acidity and it balances the package nicely. The finish is medium in length and has hints of spice box and more earthiness. A blend of Tempranillo and Garanacha. I can’t see 97 points, more like 90. Having said that- for the price, it’s a major 5 star wine. Drink till 2025. I’m having Chorizo, a Spanish style salad and grilled asparagus with mine. Salut….
See through purple, not what I was expecting from a Tempranillo out of Rioja. The nose is however right up that alley. Red currants, earth and a tar component greet me. The telltale creosote is alive and kicking in this wine, as is a touch of vanilla. On the palate, I get a brutish, young and cocky wine full of red fruit, with raspberries, strawberries and currants popping. The acidity is vibrant and the tannins are lithe. The mid palate carries the red fruit theme and amps up the acidity factor. On the tail end the finish is fresh with tannins and strawberry extract. More red currants sneak in right at the close. Very smooth and nicely balanced, but I don’t get a hint of the yearlong oak maturation after the initial whiff. Might be well integrated, who knows. This wine is a great summer addition to a party, serve it with dry rubbed ribs, perhaps a bourbon glazed pork chop on the grill or even just a basic Mezze. I’m going with 90 points on this $11 stunner that makes it a 5 star wine. Drink now till 2022. Salut….
Nearly see-through medium shade of purple. A somewhat subdued nose of black currants and earth. The initial taste is of more black fruits, including black cherries and some currants. The wine is not as full bodied as I thought it would be but it has a certain elegance that I am enjoying. The mid palate has plum tart and a toasty oak hint. The wine shows a decent amount of acidity and the tannins are very fine grained and well integrated. The finish shows a touch oak and some raisins. I would pair this wine with grilled pork chops, eggplant parmesan or some cheese, ham, and olives. 89 points from me but the label says it got 95 Decanter points, I’m not seeing that. I paid $14, which make it a 3 star wine. Salut….
I will start out by saying that the label and name got me. The 93 point WS capsule sold me along with the $15 price tag at my local Costco. How could I pass on this amazing QPR (Quality Price Ratio). I have read much about this winery and all their award winning wines.
Nose of blueberry and earth. On the palate I get subdued notes of blue fruits, some blackberry and a swath of fine grained tannins. There is an offsetting acidity that is bracing. The wine is short on the finish but I fear I am drinking it prematurely. For now it lacks depth and is rather thin. If I were to score it on it’s initial presence- 86 points is all I could. The label states that it got a monster 93 points, which would make this $15 bottle a 5 star wine. Let it breathe for 24 hours and revisit.
Nope, still a little light in the flavor profile and the wine seriously lacks depth. Did I get a bum bottle? I am heading back to Costco soon and will get another, surely I am wrong. For now I will reserve judgement on this Tempranillo blend and just give a preliminary rating of 86 points and 2 stars. Stay tuned for updates on what could be the biggest winner out there (3 pts for $15….Dang). Salut….
After my initial tasting of Muga’s Reserva I was bound to find more of their wines. I bought six bottles on sale for $29 each and was very happy with my purchase.
Dark purple color with no legs in the glass even though there is 14% alcohol. Nose of graphite, plum jam and some earth. On the palate a beautiful intro to plums, black cherry and spicebox. Upfront tannins grip the teeth and some sharp acidity checks it back in place. This wine is somewhat awkward yet comes together nicely on the mid to back end. Powerful yet youthful, it will be better after 2018, once the Tannins meld and the acidity recedes. It will drink well if needed now with a run through the Vinturi. Otherwise hold on, let the secondary flavors evolve and enjoy till 2024 at least. 92 points from me even though some pros went as high as 96! I’m sitting on my other 5 bottles. A blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo and 3% Graciano. 5 stars for the quality to price ratio here. Salut…..