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….
Still a dark purple after 13 years. Nose of figs, earth and violets. On the initial taste- not what I was expecting. Plums, blueberries, fresh and zesty. This wine is so young. The tannins are very integrated but not dry. Mid-palate wise there’s blue fruit and cassis. The finish is where this wine shines- leather, tobacco and blue fruit jam. Oak peeks through right at the end. Smooth and sexy, I like this wine from Magnum. 91 points from me and a reward for cellaring it for so long. I paid $50 per Magnum back in 2014 for this Tempranillo. 4 stars! Salut….
I have been on a bit of a shopping spree lately, looking for deals and trying to expand my palate. This Spanish Grenache was a reasonable $12, came with a 91 point rating and fit the bill for me to sample. It was see through purple in the glass. A nose of plums and black berries with some ocean spray and a very slight trace of oak. On the palate- black berries, iodine, and some medium level tannins. The mid palate shows off some black cherry and coffee notes that continue through to the finish. It doesn’t end there, the tannins really hit hard on the back end and leave me with a dry sensation on the gums. I would think this wine will last a while. Pair with some hearty pasta dishes or a big burger on brioche. 88 points from me and 3 stars. Salut….
A lighter purple color with a touch of orange bricking on this crianza level wine that has 7 years of cellaring. On the nose, a subdued level of plum and dusty earth- a hallmark of the varietal. On the palate a somewhat rustic initial attack of dark fruits, with dried oregano, earth and very dry tannins. The acidity is somewhat lacking and is overcome by the tannins, which is not a bad thing. The finish is decent in length and offers up more purple fruit flavors with a touch of heat. The dryness on the gums goes on forever, which I kinda like! The wine, at this stage of its life is giving me pause…. It has a really tannic structure yet I feel it is not able to age much more due to the low acidity. The fruit is starting to dry up but there is not much evolution. All in all a pop-n-pour wine that won’t break the bank at $15 and gets 88 points from me. This 3 star effort would pair well with some charcuterie, perhaps a bowl of pasta Arrabiatta. 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….
I bought this on sale for $11 and couldn’t be happier. I got three bottles but may have to re-order by the case! Opaque dark red/purple from this 50% Tempranillo, 20% Merlot, 20% Cab, 10% Syrah blend. The nose gives up mint, capsicum and a touch of blueberry. On the palate an interesting mix of blueberry, earth and pomegranate. The wine exhibits some forward acidity which explains the pomegranate component. It finishes nicely with a healthy, balanced dose of tannins that rest in the gums and make me reach for the glass. This is a yummy wine that defies the typical Spanish profile yet provides juicy, interesting flavors that should evolve and mature. 90 points and 5 stars for this great quality to price ratio. Salut….
Dark purple hues. In the nose- black cherry and earth, typical of Temranillo. After a few swirls in the glass I am getting a blueberry component. The initial taste is of blueberry, iodine and earth that are all fighting for pole position against the massive tannins. Acidity thankfully balances this huge wine out and makes for a gorgeous mouthfeel that may overwhelm the faint of palate. This wine begs for ribeyes, a hearty lasagna or perhaps another 5 years in a dark cellar. This is a really good, tasty wine that hits all cylinders for me. 92 points. 2018-2025 at the least. RP gave it 91 and it got 92 from AG. Kudos for this amazing $26 Spanish offering form Ribera del Duero. It gets 5 stars from me. 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…..
Every once in a while in my profession I get to meet up with old friends. On this particular occasion, it happened to be a personal trip that allowed me to have a great evening with an old high school friend whom I have not seen in close to 30 years. He has not changed one bit, I on the other hand have grown rounder and balder. We hoisted the first glass of this delicious Rioja in honor of our fallen friend, ‘Bonange’, who recently succumbed to colon cancer. Our band of merry men were nicknamed the Hyenas for some obscure reason, but we were all close friends growing up in Africa. Many years later we are still in touch and can get together at the spur of the moment and have a great time reminiscing.
The wine itself was extraordinary. Not quite black in the glass, it was a severe shade of dark, alluring and intriguing. The nose was murky, with some dampness and funk combining with purple lavender and some black fruits. I had been given a taste of another aged Rioja prior to this bottle, it was far more earthy. This one was somewhat fresher yet retained that Rioja typicity. The blend is 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo and 3% Graciano.
On the first sip I was getting dark cherry, blackcurrant and some leather. A mid palate tinge of smoke was quite interesting and the tannins were ever present, but not obtrusive. Good mouthfeel throughout with a decent length finish made me long for yet another sip. We paired this wine with all kinds of Tapas, including ribs, braised rabbit, chicken and some beef carpaccio. It sang on every occasion. It can be had for $27 in the shops and gets an average of 91 points from the pros, I concur. I’m going 5 stars on this wine and am loading up a shopping cart with the stuff. I plan on drinking it over the next 5-7 years. Salut….
I have always enjoyed these wines. I don’t normally order crianza’s but gave this one a whirl. Nose of black fruits and plums after a good swirl. Somewhat one-dimensional on the first taste with loads of damson, acid and upfront tannins. Slight oak influence, but in a good way. This wine appears to be young, and may need some coaxing. After a trip through the vinturi it softens dramatically. It’s amazing how some wines transform when given some air and allowed to breath. More plums, some earth and cinnamon come out after aerating and the tannins are way more subdued. The structure is interesting and I think will give this wine a long cellaring potential. Drink from 2017-2022 unless you can send it through a Vinturi, then now is fine. 91 points from me and 5 stars for this $18 effort. Salut….