Fresh, crisp and more nuetral and competent than exciting is how to best describe this racy but lightweight Viura. A citric palate issues short tangy lime flavors, while the finish is juicy, lean and tight.
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Berry and plum aromas are so ripe that raisin enters the picture. This feels medium to full, with soft acidity. Flavors of chocolate and wood spice share space with ripe berry fruit, while a full, long finish deals mocha and raisin notes.
Cherry, licorice and fresh herb flavors mingle in this polished red. Light tannins and fresh acidity lend focus. Lively, modest and balanced. Drink now through 2019.
This juicy white has some richness, staying fresh thanks to lively acidity. The pear and herbal flavors are modest but clean. A pleasant savory note emerges on the finish. Drink now.
Cherry and watermelon flavors are bright and juicy in this expressive rosé. Features a silky, almost lush texture, braced by firm acidity, with spice and orange peel notes. Drink now.
Light yet firm, this red offers savory notes of licorice, coffee and tobacco that frame the dried cherry and herbal flavors. Orange peel acidity and spicy accents impart a traditional character. Drink now through 2020.
Juicy fruit flavors of black cherry and plum mingle with minerally and smoky notes in this firm red. Not showy, but has good density, with balanced tannins and acidity. Drink now through 2023.
A soft and leesy viura, this is built on lees rather than acidity, feeling like a magnified pinot grigio or arneis. For aperitifs.
Flying the flag of traditional Rioja, this has light strawberry and brandied cherry flavors to balance the gingery feel of the tannins. It develops well with air, leaving some of its coconut scents of American oak behind, while gaining tangy freshness. Decant it to serve with roasted piquillo peppers.
Reedy red fruit aromas feature a note of green. This is tannic in feel, with a mix of red-leaning raspberry, currant and strawberry flavors. Tea, herb and other grassy notes make for a dry finish. Overall this is excellent, although it does have an herbal character. Drink through 2028.
Rusty and mature looking, this is woodsy, dry and rooty on the nose, with whiffs of tree bark and tobacco running alongside cherry and berry notes. It's mature, with flavors of stewed plum, herbs and spice that are straight from the textbook, while the finish is dry, earthy and showing core acidity.
Beautifully structured with classic Rioja aromas and flavors. Raspberry jam, black cherry, smoky cedar, leather, and spice on the nose, with a touch of espresso and dark chocolate. Smooth and rich on the plate, with red and black fruit, flavors over baking spice, sandalwood, and star anise. Balanced, with mature tannins and long finish. Showing extremely well.
Flavors of cherry, tobacco and light earth remain harmonious through the spicy finish in this polished red. Moderate tannins and balsamic acidity impart balance. A traditional style.
Deliciously decadent, with extraordinary vitality on the palate and a long, unique finish. A jewel at this price. I gave this wine full marks- it was perfect. I cannot think of any other wine, in this price range, that provides so much complexity, elegance, style, classicism and length.
Smooth and supple, this traditional red offers complex flavors of dried cherry, licorice, tea, tobacco and spice, joined by light tannins and lively acidity. This gives up power for grace, and remains fresh and alluring.
This aged wine hits most of the right keys. It's sexy and racy on the bouquet, with tobacco, orange peel, rooty cherry and tree bark aromas.
A very good value-priced Rioja...hickory on the bouquet along with light touches of cassis and red plum. Feels smart, fresh and lively, with a good blend of tomato, herb and red berry flavors...
The 2000 Gran Reserva, a blend of 86% Tempranillo, 9% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo aged for 26 months in American and French oak, has a dusty, leathery nose with touches of soy. The palate is nicely balanced with leathery black fruit and a dry, smooth licorice-tinged finish.
...gentle & beautifully balanced.
This transported me to a Rioja winery; I really felt like I was in among the barrels and the bottles aging, and the slight wininess that you smell in a cellar. This was the entire package for me - it had all the markers you would want in a gran reserva, with a really delicious, compelling palate.
The 2007 Faustino Crianza is 100% Tempranillo that spent 14 months in oak. Scents of cedar, spice box, violets, and black cherry lead to a forward, elegant, spicy wine with a smooth texture and good balance.
Aged for one year in oak casks, has an unusual bouquet of hops, canned dark cherry, caramel and orange marmalade before flavors of the same cherry, caramel and marmalade plus almost burnt sugar and light, dry tannin. Everything carries through the medium-broad, medium-long finish. Well balanced, structured and integrated.
A lighter-style Rioja with plum flavors and subtle spice finish. Hot bottle.
Rioja, Spain's most widely known wine region, continues to offer consumers wines with a fabulous combination of ripe fruit flavors and earthy elements. Not a modern fruit bomb, this gorgeous, traditional blend of Tempranillo (90%) and Mazuelo delivers a stylish balance of bright red fruit and savory notes surrounded by polished tannins. It's a supple, but not soft, mid-weight wine with energizing acidity and a hint of spicy oak that makes it ideally suited for a meal. It's an excellent choice - at an attractive price - for a special occasion.