This is a lighter, but traditional, Rioja. Garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose is a bit earthy with fresh cherries and a whiff of tobacco. Light to medium bodied. Light tannins. Good acidity. On the palate, flavors of cherries with a bit of char. Anise on the finish. This drinks easily and should for the next five to seven years. Nice on its own, this would be a great mid week meatloaf or pizza wine.
This is a Rosé from Spain that is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha. It is Salmon pink/copper in color, clear and bright. The nose is interesting with a slight orange/citrus note along with cherries, strawberries and a very slight vanilla note. (As an aside, both this and the Blanco had a vanilla note, but it does not appear the wines so oak, so where does it come from?). Medium bodied with a slightly oily texture. On the palate, lots of fresh cherries, some cranberries and slight red currants. A bitter almond note on the finish. This is refreshing and a lovely wine to serv
This is a blend of 93% Viura, 4% Sauvignon Blanc, and 3% Verdejo grapes from the Rioja region of Spain. Green/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with sea air/salinity, Limes, and slight vanilla note. Light bodied with a slightly viscous texture. 12% abv. On the palate, this is very refreshing. Limes with underlying minerality. Good acidity. This will work well with lighter foods. Tuna or Chicken salad would work well. drink over the next couple of years. Great Value!
This was the second time tasting this wine this month. Lucky me! It is classic old style Rioja impeccably produced. Truly a great value in traditional Rioja. The wine is fermented in 144 year old oak vats before being stored for five years in used American oak barrels and five more in bottles. It is a blend of Tempranillo (80%), Garnacho (15%), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano (5%) from estate vineyards. Ruby in color with some purple swirls and maybe just a hint of orange. The nose is great with cherries, spice, cedar, dust and slight herbal note. Full bodied. Light tannins.
Another classic Rioja albeit a slightly more modern style. This is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. Ruby in color with a purple core, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is great with cherries, cedar, black cherries, forest floor, dust and chocolate. Full bodied. Medium tannins. Great balance. On the palate, this is delicious. Black cherries, tobacco and spice with some underlying char. Some chocolate comes out on the long finish. This is still young but already great. A couple more years in the cellar will be rewarded but this is fantastic drinking now. Drink over th
My first time trying this wine and it was quite enjoyable. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries, spice and slight chocolate notes. Medium bodied. Light tannins. Good balance. On the palate, this drinks easy but there is also some depth. Cherries, with a slight char and the chocolate note comes thru as well. Nice finish. This drinks nicely on its own but should be very food friendly at the table. A nice match would be grilled sausages. Drink over the next seven to ten years. A very nice value.
This is about as classic as old style Rioja gets. As the Gran Reserva's get more expensive, this is truly a great value in traditional Rioja. The wineis fermented in 144 year old oak vats before being stored for five years in used American oak barrels. Ruby in color with some purple swirls and maybe just a hint of orange. The nose is great with cherries, spice, cedar, dust and slight herbal note. Full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, cherries with slight black cherries and spice. Complex and deep. Tight layers that unwind in the glass. This is drinking well now but should hav
We tasted this about 5 years ago and it has really filled out since then. This is a blend of 55% Tempranillo, 20% Granacha, 10% Mazuelo, 10% Graciano and 5% Monastrell from Rioja, Spain. It is a more modern take than a traditional Rioja but still made using American Oak. Ruby in color with some purple swirls, mostly clear and bright. The nose has black cherries, slight chocolate, toast and spice. Full bodied. Plenty of depth. Medium tannins. On the palate, black cherries with spice. Long finish. This is drinking well now on its own and would work well with meats or fowl or roasted
2016 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Gran Reserva Especial, Spain, Rioja, Wine Review
Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, cedar, dil, and vanilla. Medium bodied. Drying tannins. On the palate, cherries with underlying char. some depth. Good balance. Long finish. This is a nice, easy drinking Rioja that should drink well for the next ten to fifteen years. Nice on its own, this is food friendly and would work well with roast meats or veggies.
One of the best of the traditional Rioja wine producers. This wine lived up to its reputation. A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, 10% Graciano and Manzuelo. Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries, slight plums, vanilla, smoke and slight balsamic notes. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, this has plenty of depth. Cherries, dried cherries, smoke and slight dill notes. Good acidity. Nice finish. This is delicious and complex. It drinks great on its own and even better with food. Lamb stew would be a nice choice. Drink over the next fifteen to twent