2007 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2007
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

Ruby in color with slight browning.  The nose has spice, clay and cherries.  It also has a ton of dill which was off putting to some.  The dill does carry thru to the palate, so be warned if that is a sensitivity.  Others liked it.  Firm tannins.  Nice black cherry fruit.  Good balance.  Works better with food than alone.  Pretty classic Rioja in style.  

2011 Bodegas Consejo de la Alta Rioja Cata De Consejero, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2011
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$33.00USD

Ruby in color, slight browning.  The nose has dusty cherries with slight dill notes and some vanilla.  On the palate, this has tart acidity.  Tart cherries.  It works though as it wakes up the palate.  It really demands some food but should work with a wide variety.  Good finish.  Plan on drinking in the next five years or so.  

2005 Marqués de Vitoria Rioja Reserva, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has a lot of barnyard on it.  It does partially blow off with air.  There is also some pine which is both interesting and distracting.  And finally, some nice cherry fruit.  On the palate, there is some cherry fruit, both fresh and dried.  Some pine carries thru as does some barnyard.  Slight but drying tannins.  The group I was tasting with liked this more than I did.  It did get better with air as the night went on.  Certainly a nice wine and worth drinking.  Food friendly.  

2006 Bodegas Roda Rioja Cirsion, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2006
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$225.00USD

Purple in color.  The nose is clean with fresh cherries and a bit of dill.  On the palate, cherries with a bit of coffee.  Light tannins.  Good balance.  This seems to be about at peak right now.  It is very food friendly with stews and meats being a good choice.  It should be good for another decade.  This is, however, a very expensive wine with current vintages costing over $200 per bottle.  This was apparently around $100 on release.  

2004 Señorío de San Vicente Tempranillo Rioja San Vicente, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2004
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

Excellent wine.  Drinking well now but probably not yet at peak.  Purple in color with some darker brown swirls.  The nose is clean with cherries and black cherries.  Slight spice.  On the palate, this is medium bodied; thinner than other Tempranillos on the table but not in a bad way at all.  It has a cherry cough drop quality to it.  There is also just a hint of green bell pepper in a cab franc sort of way that was quite good.  Medium tannins.  This seemed like it "suffered" from being in a tasting and would perform much better if on its own at the dinner table.  That said, it was delicio

2014 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Crianza, Spain, Rioja, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

It had been a long time since I tried this ubiquitous Rioja wine.  It is still very good and an excellent value at around $15.  Purple/garnet in color.  The nose is nice with spice, cherries and slight black cherries.  With air some vanilla comes out.  On the palate, this is soft and accessible.  Light tannins.  Cherries and slight dill.  Good finish.  This will work with almost any food.  

1996 Fernando Remírez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1996
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$125.00USD

This is the second bottle from a Case bought on release to celebrate special moments with my son (his birth year).  (The first was opened for his high school graduation.)  Decanted for sediment and served.  Deep garnet in color.  The nose has some stink to it.  Personally, I thought it was great but there is a warm barnyard quality to it along with some cherry lozenges and a bit of char.  On the palate, this drinks very clean.  Light tannins that build with air.  Complex layers of forest floor, cherries, slight dried cherries and char.  Wonderful texture.  Long finish.  Went great with some

2015 Bodegas del Marqués de Vargas Rioja Crianza, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has cranberries and tobacco.  On the palate, this is interesting.  More red currants than cranberries (or cherries).  Tart fruit.  slight tannins.  OK finish.  Drinking well now, it won't get better and is better consumed in the next few years.  Food friendly.  

2014 Elvi Wines (Bodegas Castillo de Sajazarra) Rioja Herenza Crianza

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

A very nice bottle of Rioja that also happens to be Kosher.  This vintage is still available for around $25, but younger vintages can be found for under $15.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose is dusty with cherries and slight dill.  Still has some firm tannins, but the overall texture is soft.  Lots of cherries and some sour cherries on the palate with some underlying dry earthiness.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  For those looking for Kosher wines, this is a nice alternative and will go great with seafood but also chicken.  This bottle is 5 years from vintage and drinking great, b

2010 Bodegas Olarra Rioja Cerro Anon Reserva, Spain, Rioja, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$19.97USD

Seems like a pretty modern take on Rioja.  Ruby in color.  The nose has cherries, slight dust, and a bit of black cherries.  On the palate, this is drinking well.  Cherries, black cherries with medium tannins.  Nice finish.  Easy drinking but also a bit of depth.  This will please with or without food.  This retails for around $20 which is a great value.  

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