Tempranillo

Bodegas Muga

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2019

Founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga Martínez, now run by Manuel, Isabel & Isaac Muga Caño. Deep Ruby, aromas of sweet red and black fruits with pepper spice, unmistakable Muga. 4 grape blend from the Haro district (70% Tempranillo, rest Garnacha, Mazuelo & Graciano), palate shows cherry and currant flavors with espresso, vanilla & toasty oak tones. Soft full tannins, lively acidity on a medium+ finish ending with an earthy mineral character. Nice value! Great vintage! — 13 days ago

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John Bratincevic

John Bratincevic

Love me some Muga.

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.

$30.
— 12 hours ago

Douglas, Ted and 4 others liked this

El Coto de Rioja

Reserva Coto de Imaz Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1996

Poured into a decanter about 30 minutes prior to service; no formal notes. Wow. The 1996 Reserva is showing so well. I would place it in the vinous category but it’s far from tasting “old”. I shared this bottle with a group of experienced, expensive California Cabernet drinkers and it was universally enjoyed even though it could only be described as a traditional expression of Rioja Reserva. Well-stored examples (though few exist at this point), are drinking well now. What a lovely surprise. — 23 days ago

Ira, Douglas and 7 others liked this

Bodegas y Viñedos Vega Sicilia

Valbuena 5° Ribera del Duero Tempranillo Blend 2010

Reliably fun and good Spanish red. Paired with a few Spanish cheeses and it elevated what was already a very good wine. Balanced and subtle. Musky fruit is there but not in your face and it’s such a smooth wine. — a day ago

Ira, Shay and 9 others liked this

La Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2015

Blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and 5% Graciano, aged in oak for 20 months, deep Ruby with an elegant bouquet of berry fruits, cigar box, spice with earthy tones, a traditional Rioja. On the palate, the wine was silky smooth, elegant with layers of flavors, blackberry and cherry, tobacco, smoky cedar, dark fruit, vanilla spice, very well balanced with fine soft tannins and a clean structure ending with a nice long chalky earthy character. — 13 days ago

Ruud, jesus and 8 others liked this

La Rioja Alta

Gran Reserva 904 Rioja Tempranillo Graciano 2001

Decanted for 4 hours and it was singing. From a magnum — 15 days ago

Douglas, David and 10 others liked this

Bodegas Muga

Reserva Unfiltered Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2017

Founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga Martínez, now run by Manuel, Isabel & Isaac Muga Caño. Deep Ruby, aromas of sweet red and black fruits with pepper spice, unmistakable Muga. 4 grape blend from the Haro district (70% Tempranillo, rest Garnacha, Mazuelo & Graciano), palate shows cherry and currant flavors with espresso, vanilla & toasty oak tones. Soft full tannins, lively acidity on a medium+ finish ending with an earthy mineral character. Nice value! Great vintage! — 13 days ago

Paul, Rob and 7 others liked this

Bodegas y Viñedos Vega Sicilia

Unico Ribera del Duero Tempranillo Blend 1994

This is the oldest único in my book and what an experience it was. Saw the wine change color and profile in my glass over a two hour period. Impressive. — 5 days ago

Peter, Lyle and 15 others liked this
Jan de Weerd

Jan de Weerd

Fantastic.

R. López de Heredia

Viña Cubillo Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2012

One of the best bottles of Cubillo I can remember tasting — 5 days ago

Sarah Bignami
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Pinotman, Ron and 5 others liked this