Rioja Vega S. A.

Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild-Vega Sicilia

Macán Rioja Tempranillo

Excelente rioja well balance not as much body as expected but nice drink overall would pair well with a fish dish with a richer sauce or some game — 3 months ago

Rioja Vega S. A.

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2019

Great value! Would buy again. From LCBO — 9 months ago

Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello

Barolo Nebbiolo 1958

Tasted blind. Dark tawny, opaque. Old wine nose with notes of dark fruit, chicory, hazelnut and vanilla. Like earlier in the day, the age of this and the notes mean it could be anything. I go with a guess of 50's Rioja and others are in similar areas. Although this never showed the old Italian barolo descriptors you'd correlate with it, this was a very well made wine and certainly better than the 64 before it. — a year ago

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Bodegas Muga

Torre Muga Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2014

Before ‘14, last vintage was ‘11, no ‘12 or ‘13. Deep Ruby a blend 70% Tempranillo, 20% Graciano & 10% Mazuelo, aged new French oak for 15 months (‘11 was 24 mos). Ripe red fruit aromas with floral, oak & pepper spice. On palate ripe red fruit flavors, complex with layers of fruit & spice, noting espresso, cacao & licorice. Fine tannins, well balanced, long finish ending with fruit, spice and oak. Decant or let sit in the cellar for a while. Nice! Tried several ‘14’s. — 3 years ago

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Marqués de Riscal

Reserva Herederos del Marques de Riscal Rioja Tempranillo 2017

Popped and poured; consumed over two days. Consistent both days. The 2017 Marqués de Riscal “Reserva” pours a deep ruby with a near opaque core. Medium+ viscosity with significant staining of the tears. No signs of sediment. On the nose, the wine is developing with dark cherries, ripe bruised strawberries, baked apple, hibiscus, toasted coconut, vanilla, new leather and some baking spices. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannin and medium+ acid. Confirming the notes from the nose. The finish is long. Medium+ alcohol. A lovely pairing with my sort of modern riff on paella for a quick Tuesday evening meal. More please!

Having enjoyed vintages going back to the early 1980’s, I think Marqués de Riscal “Reserva” is one of the last few, true bargains in the wine world. They are classic in the sense that they are unmistakably Rioja and they have the ability to age for decades. It’s very hard for me to think of another wine that is widely available for under $30 that can drink this well and cellar that long. Let’s enjoy the disparity while we can!
— 8 months ago

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Bodegas y Viñedos Vega Sicilia

Reserva Especial Unico Ribera del Duero Tempranillo Blend

A blend of wines from the 60’s — a year ago

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Rioja Vega S. A.

Edicion Limitada Rioja Tempranillo Blend

Dark dried fruit, leathery, dry, pepper, lots of oak. Delicious. — 3 years ago

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Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild-Vega Sicilia

Macán Clásico Rioja Tempranillo 2018

Deep garnet color with aromas of black fruit, black currant, raspberry, and dark chocolate. Flavors: black plum, tobacco and one of my favorite things in the world, espresso. The tannins are strong, but they weave seamlessly into a fruit filled medium + if not deep, cedar and tanned leather finish. Outstanding. — 9 months ago

Bodegas y Viñedos Vega Sicilia

Ribera del Duero Valbuena 3° Tempranillo Blend

Tasted blind. Ruby reddish color, young-looking compared to other reds so far. Opaque. Notes of black fruit, mocha, some earth and a little bit of wood. Rich in the mouth. Given our earlier Rioja bottle, we go back to Spain with guesses. I guessed 90 Unico. This is the Valbueno blend, with grapes from 85/91/96. 94+ — a year ago

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Valdeginés Single Vineyard Rioja Tempranillo 2012

Very dense in colour - impenetrable. It threw a large crust when decanting. On the nose coffee grounds and savoury black cherry, black plum. Sweetish on the full bodied concentrated palate. The savoury plum comes through with rich earthy flavours. Finishing with grainy tannins. Tempranillo seems perfectly suited to the warm dry conditions of Rioja. I couldn’t imagine Tempranillo showing its best in a cool to cold climate. I guess it does exist but it does seem best suited to warm climates. I just finished an interesting article on what grape varietal lasts the longest. From many tastings over many years Jancis concluded it was Tempranillo over Bordeaux with some old Vega Sicilias seemingly timeless. — a year ago

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