Gran Moraine

Bodegas Faustino

Gran Reserva Faustino I Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2012

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose with blue and red fruits.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate and easy drinking.

Showing raspberries, blueberries, black plums, cooked cherries, spices, light oak, licorice, tobacco, herbs, light earth, dried tomatoes, chocolates and black pepper.

Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Gran Reserva from Rioja is always a good choice. Showing nice complexity with a smooth mouthfeel.

Rich and elegant with good balance.

Drinks very young right now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

Needs an hour to open up, but good right out of the bottle too.

I've had many different vintages of this wine, and it always delivers. My favorite so far was the 2004.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 5 days ago

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Peter van den Besselaar

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Nice. 2004 was excellent in Rioja.

Bodegas Franco-Españolas

Bordón Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2013

Smooth, light, well-balanced, perfect accompaniment to a night of Tapas (especially with cured meats and cheeses). — a month ago

Bodegas Muga

Gran Reserva Prado Enea Rioja Tempranillo 2015

2015 vintage. Hoo boy, is this delivering! Bigger tannins and more concentration throughout. Still a baby tho. Park it at a subterranean level in the cellar for a 15-20 spot. If you just gotta drink it in the next half-decade, you're best off decanting at lunchtime for dinnertime presentation. 5.1.24. — 2 months ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Bosconia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2010

2010 vintage (half bottle). Upon opening, there was a split second hesitation as to whether the wine was skunked or not. Extremely earthy and funky nose though the taste and color assured that it was fine, though it surely needed a ton of time to come together. We enjoyed a Chenin Blanc while we waited for the Rioja. Revisiting the nose about 45 minutes later, it was clear the time alone improved it immensely. Alas, the classic notes of vanilla and oak and cherry that I so often associate with Rioja. Drinking it 20 minutes later over the next hour, the wine was showing incredibly well and so different from its previously unruly and spastic self. It was now much more tame and finessed, well integrated tannins yet still present, with nice acidity and a good amount of freshness. Incredibly enjoyable all on its own. A fun journey that had a rocky beginning but very rewarding end. — 11 days ago

Juvé y Camps

Gran Reserva de la Familia Brut Nature Cava Macabeo-Xarel-lo-Parellada 2017

Made from Macabeu, Xarel·lo and Parellada grapes, bright pale gold with a frothy creamy mousse, small plentiful bubbles with a steady stream. Aromas of apple and citrus with toasty notes. Well integrated, nice mouthfeel, elegant long finish. Great value as an exceptional alternative to French Champagne. — 2 months ago

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John Bratincevic

John Bratincevic

Sounds great!

La Rioja Alta

Gran Reserva 904 Rioja Tempranillo Graciano 2001

Decanted for 4 hours and it was singing. From a magnum — 19 days ago

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Marqués de Riscal

Gran Reserva Herederos del Marques de Riscal Rioja Tempranillo 2019

Really tasty. Full bodied, big wine. Lots of oak. I loved it, hubby thought it was just ok on its own but we both agreed it paired dynamite with dinner (pollo al ajillo). — 7 days ago

Bodegas Riojanas

Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2009

Crazy to say but…too young! Balanced and dark but has yet to develop the spice rack subtleness and tannins can still evolve further — a month ago

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Poderi Aldo Conterno

Riserva Gran Bussia Barolo Nebbiolo 2006

From magnum. A monster wine! — 2 months ago

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