This wine is deep ruby colored with thin, piercing legs that move slowly indicating a high alcohol level (14.5% ABV). The nose gives me vanilla and dust right off the bat. Pomegranate, black plum, açaí, clove and sarsaparilla come next. The palate is dry with medium (+) tannins and medium (+) acidity. This full-bodied wine has flavors of bramble, black plum, pomegranate and oak by way of vanilla, clove and a charcoal note. Typical for the region I get dusty, earthy hints and the wine goes on to a medium length finish. The fruit doesn’t taste fully ripe to me, it’s somewhat green unfortunately and this will cost it a point or two. The structure is there but the finish is quite astringent. Perhaps a decant is in order? I’m roasting a Rump Steak with all the trimmings, it should pair nicely. For $17 this 88 point wine gets 4 stars. Drink till 2027. Salut….
A Tempranillo wrapped in a sack? Yup, and for $14 you too can get this 88 point Rioja that is a medium ruby colored with slow moving legs. The aromas and flavors include the classic blackberry bramble, dust, musky perfume, floral garden and light, toasty oak. Medium (+) acidity coupled with medium a body and medium tannins make for a nice mouthfeel. Not a stunner, it will be very serviceable for everyday drinking and should pair really well with tapas, Moussaka and pasta dishes. It runs 14.5% ABV, so be careful out there. Not cellar-worthy so drink this 3 star wine soon. Salut….
Deep ruby colored this Tempranillo has medium (-) intensity aromas of baked plums, earth, blackberry pie, leather, baking spice and bramble. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and medium tannins. The body is full and I get the expected dry earth, bramble, blackberry and spice flavors- it’s nearly textbook Rioja minus a bit of intensity and a touch more acidity. They back end has a charred cedar note and it finishes a bit astringent on the gums. It’s a serviceable wine that runs $15 and gets 88 points from moi- 4 stars to drink by 2026. Salut….
Medium ruby colored with medium viscosity legs in the glass. The nose has aromas of red plum, leather, earth, dill, coconut and blackberry bramble. The palate is dry with medium tannins and medium (+) acidity. I get crisp flavors of plum and blackberry with oak via the dill and coconut. The dusty, earthy component is trademark Rioja and I love it. This wine is medium to full bodied and finishes with a decent length coating of blueberry and blackberry with some smoky oak. 89 points from me for this $15 Tempranillo (80%)/Garnacha (20%) blend that makes it a 4 star wine to enjoy over the shorter term with grilled meat, in my case- a Tomahawk of Pork rib. Salut….
Moxie and I are moving house next week so we are raiding the freezer and drinking all the un-tried wines. Tonight is grilled Hangar steak and this Tempranillo from Spain. Deep garnet colored, it shows its age and it’s 14.5% ABV with some thick legs in the glass. The nose is beautiful aged Rioja. Leather, tobacco, dried blackberry, stewed black plum, dark chocolate, game and prune. The palate is dry and tart with fine grained, well integrated tannins. Full bodied, this wine coats my mouth with flavors of dried and stewed black fruits, charred oak and dried, dusty bramble. The leather and tobacco are still evident as is some red fruit; stewed strawberry? The finish is medium in length and the fine tannins are tickling the roof of my mouth. I like this wine but feel it is at peak if not slightly past, which is quite young for a Reserva. 92 points for this $30 bottle makes it a 5 star effort, drink till 2025. Salut….
I have drunk gallons of this wine, from several vintages. Always a great experience, especially at $27 per bottle. This is the youngest version I have tried thus far and it looks promising with deep ruby/purple shades in the glass and really thick, slow moving legs on the rim giving away the 14.5% ABV. Intense aromas of black and red fruit, leather, dust, coconut, vanilla, coffee bean-stunning and fresh. The palate is dry with rich flavors of blackberry, cassis, red raspberry, leather, tobacco, vanilla, coffee and bramble. Rioja wines are very rustic IMO. I love that dusty, earthy character which this one delivers. The acidity is quite high and the tannins are integrated and of medium intensity. The body is full for sure and the finish is medium in length. Another delicious wine that gets 93 points from me and 5 stars. This Tempranillo will last a while in cellar and drink beautifully until 2030 at the earliest. I would pair it with tapas, grilled beef or lamb and definitely a peppercorn steak. Salut….
At 7 years of age this Tempranillo-Graciano blend is starting to show a hint of age. Medium ruby colored with a touch of bricking in the glass. The nose concurs- this bottle has medium intensity aromas of earth, leather, dust, prune, blackberry, vanilla, tobacco, cedar box, cinnamon and stewed red currants. The palate is dry with gorgeous tannins that are very integrated. The acidity is prominent with some sour red cherry notes to go alongside the numerous secondary and tertiary notes I got on the nose. Medium bodied, this wine is silky and slips down ever-so-nicely to a somewhat tart yet long finish. I really love Spanish Reservas- this is a great example that brings out that bramble and dust I get so often with Rioja wines. I love it and will go with 93 points. It will drink beautifully till 2028 at the least and pair well with lighter cuts of meat. For $16 this is a steal folks. The pros dissed this one- more for me I say. 5 stars. Salut….
Medium garnet colored, this Tempranillo has trademark aromas of leather, earthy dust, ripe blackberry, rich plum, vanilla, black cherry jam and charred wood. The palate is dry with medium acidity and grippy tannins that coat my mouth. The fruit is ripe and the wine is full bodied. Black fruit flavors wrapped in a cloak of oak nuance with some signs of tertiary development make for a delicious wine. I paid $19 for this stunning 92 pointer that gets 5 stars. I would pair it with grilled Hangar steak and sweet potato fries. I think this balanced and structured wine will drink well until 2030 at the least. Salut….
This blend of Tempranillo and Cab Sav is nearly opaque with a bright purple color. On the nose I get rich black plum, dusty earth, blackberry, vanilla, baking spices, menthol, some farmyard funk and bramble. The palate is dry, quite tannic and high in acidity. I love Spanish Tempranillo- it has such an earthy, dusty, brambly component and they throw a good bit of oak at this level (Reserva) which adds dimension, complexity and flavors/aromas of vanilla, baking spices and toast. The black fruit is ripe and juicy- the Cabernet adding richness and grip. The body is full and the finish is medium to long in length. Structurally- this wine is a baby and needs some cellaring unless you like them searingly dry and astringent. There is plenty of fruit to last a while and the whole package should drink beautifully until 2032 at the least. I am going with 93 points and for $40 this is a 5 star effort. Salut….
It’s been nine years since I last tasted the 2001 Valduero, which I opened by accident. Today’s bottle is intentional- Mothers Day Sunday roast. It is deep garnet colored with definite signs of aging. The nose smells divine- leather, earth, blackberry jam, cassis, mint, coffee bean, vanilla, baked blueberry and a medicinal note. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and melded tannins which caress my gums. This 100% Tempranillo is full bodied and I get flavors of stewed/cooked black and blue fruits, earth, leather, oak influence (coffee, vanilla and the medicinal note) and a tart black cherry note on the long finish. The tannins start to grip on the back end and cover my teeth and gums with a ‘hairy’ feeling. This 21 year old wine is still showing youth in structure and some fruit, amazing. It will go beautifully with our dinner and could potentially cellar some more with a drinking window out to 2027. I paid $60 back in the day for this 95 point wine which I would award 5 stars to. Salut….