Very saline wine. Med high acidity and not very tannic. Not very fruity for mencia but with some black fruit notes. Quite like the saltiness and minerality. I’m impressed. — 2 days ago
Nice bouquet with a light, bright color and body. Taste presents all the characteristics of a Tempranillo balanced well with the Shiraz. Nice wine. — 10 days ago
Goes well with white fish and served cold. Would bet again — 7 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. — 5 hours ago
Paired super well with seafood. It has a very interesting mineral taste to it and slides off the palate smoothly. Love this wine from Cadiz where it’s well known for seafood in Spain, not wines- so this is a great gem! — 8 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
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
Easy drink almost like dessert. Tasted like strawberry cheesecake! Wow. — 18 hours ago
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