Medium intensity purple, almost seethrough. On the nose there’s a definitive charcoal note alongside blackberries and bramble. Licorice kicks in a little later after a good swirl. On the palate it’s pretty tasty with black cherry, coffee and more licorice. Tempranillo sometimes has a dusty, earthy component that I enjoy in Riojas, this wine has a hint of that. The tannins grip on the midpalate alongside dark fruits . There is a certain amount of oak at play here, but it’s not overdone. The long finish is a touch dry from the decent tannic kick. More blackberry and some vanilla carry me through to the very end. Drink till 2026 with hearty pastas, steak or roasted chicken- this wine needs food. 90 points from me and 4 stars for its $18 price point. Salut….
Opaque, deep purple in the glass with fast disappearing legs. On the nose I get bramble, iodine and blackberry. On the palate it is very appealing with a gorgeous mouthfeel of lush black fruits, lithe, yet integrated tannins and a nice acidity. The iodine note reappears on the midpalate alongside that telltale creosote that I love in Tempranillo. On the back end it is more subdued with black cherry jam and those delightful tannins finishing me off with a nice dry tinge on my gums. Well made but not long in the cellar. Drink now till 2024 with charcuterie. 90 points and 3 stars for this $30 Tempranillo. Salut….
Dark purple in the glass with decent legs showing. On the nose I get cherry and rhubarb alongside birch bark. On the palate it has an interesting taste- sour cherry meets cherry cola and bramble. It is quite sour too, not from acidity unfortunately. The mid palate is tart, with more sour cherry notes as well as some earthiness and unripe plums. The finish is where I sense the tannic impact, with an astringency that hits my jowls. This wine is one dimensional, lacking in ripe fruits and certainly not worth $20 in my opinion. 2 stars for this 85 point wine. I am at complete odds with the pros here- 94 JS, 91 RP. I must either have a strange bottle or I really need to calibrate my buds. Salut…
Murky, dark purple in the glass. The nose has Blackberry, some funk and creosote. I have a feeling this wine might be off unfortunately. Let’s see.
On the palate, it does taste slightly off. The murkiness of the wine may be a clue. There is a stewed fruit component for sure alongside some really nice tannins. Unfortunate. The wine needs a re-taste, which will happen soon.
Bottle number 2 was definitely showing better in the glass. That murkiness is not apparent, the color a much purer purple. The nose has a perfumed scent, black berry and violets come to mind. The palate is far better this time around. Dark fruits, boysenberry and black olives. The mid palate is fresh and lively with some nice acidity to go alongside the medium tannins. More dark fruit emerges with tapenade and smoky flavors appearing. The finish is quite dry, not astringent at all. The blackberry fruits really shine with some cedar notes. This is a tasty wine with depth and complexity. It has had 10+ years in the cellar and is on pointe now. 92 points and 4 stars for this $45 Tempranillo. Really tasty- it will pair great with Tapas, a Filet or even a toasted cheese sandwich! Salut….
Bright purple, semi opaque. Bramble, earthiness and blackberry on the nose. On the palate I get more black fruits, delicious integrated oak, lithe tannins and good acidity. There is a juicy fruit preserve component on the midpalate that I’m really enjoying. Licorice hits me on the back end alongside chocolate powder, interesting. This wine is not overly built, it drinks well and has some cellaring potential . 90 points and 4 stars for this $14 value. Salut….
Medium color and opacity. Nose of plum, earth and licorice. The initial palate is quite sour, acidic but refreshing with blueberry, plums and creosote. The mid palate is more sour cherry-like with that bracing acidity really taking over. The finish has more cherry than blue fruits and is where the tannins finally appear. Slightly unbalanced but tasty nonetheless. 88 points and 3 stars- $22. Drink now. Salut….
Dark purple and showing some legs in the glass. The nose is vibrant with black currants, licorice and oak. On the palate this is delicious folks. Ribena, blackberry jam and toasty oak hit me all at once. There is a cherry stream that appears on the midpalate alongside vanilla bean. Tannins are in check, melded and balanced with the acidity. The finish is warm, almost alcoholic but at 14% I must be imagining things. There is a charred oak note in the finish that is perfect for the dark berry fruit notes. This wine is drinking beautifully and will do so till 2025. I wish I had some Osso Bucco laying around , or even shepherds pie. Look for this rare varietal- Crespiello, it is an interesting one for sure. 92 points and 5 stars for its $25 price tag. Salut….
Moxie and I met up with an old high-school friend at a Tapas bar in Massachusetts. This wine was recommended by our waiter so we dove in. I did not write too many notes so bear with me:
Nose of smoky plum. Lithe and fruity with some complexity but not overpowering. Dark fruits galore and lithe tannins make it an easy drinker with 5-10 years of cellaring potential. We obviously ate it with Tapas, which was a great pairing. Strangely enough, the pros vary between 88 and 92 points. I would go with 89 personally. $25 makes it a 3 star wine for me. Blend of 30% Garnatxa, 27% Merlot, 20% Samso, 18% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Salut….
Really bright, rich purple in the glass. The nose offers up sweet cherry concentrate, with blackberries and dare I say- banana? On the palate the wine is super smooth, polished and oozing blackberry coulis, sage and creosote. The mid palate shows off some delightful dryness from the juicy tannins. The overall mouthfeel is really nice, starting out very smooth, building on a dryness and finishing with a tannic yet acidic bite. Tasty. The dark fruits carry on throughout. You could pair this wine with many dishes or just drink it alone, but the back end grip really calls for Ribeye. Plain and simple. 94 is what it gets from me and the pros. This is a big wine folks. 5 stars only because I can’t give 6 for this amazing $17 bottle. Drink till 2028. Salut….
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….