At our gathering again last night we opened this 2009 Faustino I Rioja Gran Reserva. A blend of 92% Tempranillo and 8% Graciano.
On the nose there was blackberries, black cherries, black olives, spice, tomato and earth.
On the palate the was blackberry, black cherry, black plum, tobacco, chocolate, vanilla, oak, spice and loads of earthiness.
This wine is full bodied with medium to medium + acidity and medium + mouthcoating grippy tannins that gives a long dark fruit earthy finish. It was so nice to spend time with close friends and enjoy some fine Tempranillo. Stay safe and healthy in the week ahead and we will see you again next weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 6 days ago
This 2012 Rioja is so rich and complex. It is drinking perfectly now, and needs no decant. La Rioja Alta is one of my favorite producers and this less expensive wine is a great purchase. Elegant fruit flavors, followed by an intense earthiness. There are so many flavors in this wine. — 2 days ago
This is a rarity in its best shape, old vintage Vinas de Gain straight from the cellar of JC. There is life in the bottle, a delicate nose and a soft, smooth little sweet mouthfeel. Ok there are sings of age, but that’s more than ok in a 30 years old wine. — 6 days ago
Last night with close friends we opened the 2006 R. Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva. A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo.
On the nose there was cherries, plum, fig, strawberry, balsamic, black pepper, herbal notes, forest floor.
On the palate I find cherry, plum, raspberry, black pepper, leather, anise, vanilla, spice, tobacco and earth.
This wine is medium to full bodied with a smooth velvety mouthfeel, medium + acidity and medium + fine elegant well rounded tannins tha leave you with a long red fruit earthy finish. This is a beautiful wine that still has many years ahead of it. I hope everyone's weekend was full of sharing and happiness. Please stay healthy and safe innthe week ahead. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 6 days ago
At this stage quite a tough wine to enjoy, even after a solid decant. Everything’s a little out of kilter at the moment, with the oak dominating it all. 91 points for the wine’s potential, as I’m sure age will do it plenty of favours. But still, not a patch on the fabulous 2015. — 4 days ago
Second wine at Old Rioja Wine Dinner poured from a twenty-two year old magnum. Beautiful wine and a testament to the ageability of “value wines…” Compared to a current release of the very same label, which you can still find for about twenty-five bucks, this is just phenomenal. — 9 days ago
Good day 1, great day 2. This is quite a bit different than what we remember from our first bottle - more old leather character which we both enjoyed. Nose is leather, floral, and stewed dark fruit. Nice chewy mouthfeel. Cherry, fig, baking spice, and acidity. I’d love to have this with a great food pairing. Thinking duck breast with fruit sauce and ancient grains. — 7 hours ago
Highlight wine at Old Rioja Wine Dinner. Little history on the bottle: it's part of a special lot that was to be released on the 100th anniversary of La Rioja Alta and a blend of 85% Tempranillo with some Mazuelo, Graciano and Viura. It was aged for twenty four months in large oak vats, then for ten years in 18-20 year old barriques and finally bottled in 1986 to be released in 1990… Forty eight years after harvest the wine is pure pleasure. Beautiful brownish/reddish color with scents of rose petals, boysenberry, musk, forest floor, mushroom and old leather on the nose. On the pallet, the oak, tannings and fruit are completely integrated; very docile yet seductive. A true gem and one of the most interesting wines I've ever tasted. — 9 days ago
Nearly 0 sediment! Nose of tart cherry, fresh tobacco, spring flower pollen in warm breeze. Palette is very frontal with striking acid that lingers through a long finish. Shows more tart fruit and other interest. Some have noted this needs more time and I tend to agree. — a day ago
Kick off wine at Old Rioja Wine Dinner, gorgeous nose with white flowers and even honey, the palette is completely different: very dry, acidic, with hints of brioche and almonds. A real mind-bender which keeps you from putting your glass down as it keeps messing with your head. Cheers. — 9 days ago