2014 Dinastía Vivanco Rioja Crianza Selección de Familia, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This is a nice value red from the Rioja region of Spain.   It retails for around $16 which is a great price for a nice red.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose is dusty with cherries.  On the palate, there are cherries and some tobacco.  Slight tannins.  Good balance.  There is some depth/complexity here but this is not a wine to be aged.  That said, if well stored it should be good for at least five more years.  Works well with a wide variety of food.  

2012 Bodegas Vinsacro Rioja, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

Purple/ruby in color.  The nose is nice; spice, plums and cherries with a bit of dill.  Nice texture.  Slight tannins.  Tart cherries on the palate.  Nice finish.  This retails for $33.  It is drinking well now and should be good for five to ten years.  

2001 Fernando Remírez de Ganuza Rioja

Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

In a great plae right now.  No hurry but showing mature development.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has some slight funk to it.  Not a lot, but some.  Cherries, dark cherries, cigar box and leather as well.  On the palate, lots of black cherry and cherry fruit.  Layers of earth and forest floor.  Good balance.  Wonderful mouthfeel.  Nice finish.  Worked well with food.  While this was a bit modern in style in its youth, it has aged just beautifully as it turns into an older Rioja.  

Rioja, Spain - Wine Vintage Chart

Rioja, Spain 2009 87 D/H 2008 89 D/H 2007 88 D/H 2006 88 D/H 2005 90 D/H 2004 93 D/H 2003 89 D 2002 80 D 2001 94 D/H 2000 88 D 1999 86 D 1998 87 D 1997 87 D 1996 85 D 1995 91 D 1994 89 D 1993 83 D 1992 82 D 1991 80 D 1990 84 D Vintage Charts should be used for a generalized guide in lieu of...

Rioja: Spain’s Flagship Wine Region

A Proud History Spain’s most famous wine region has been producing wine since at least the 9th century. Because monastic communities throughout Europe made wines and other products to sell, Spanish monks were Rioja’s first large-scale wine producers. As early as the 17th century, Rioja’s local winemakers began to work together, establishing the Royal Economic Society of Rioja Winegrowers to promote their interests. This tradition continues today with the Control Board of the Rioja Designation of Origin, the governing body of Rioja’s Denominacíon de Origen Calificada (DOCa).

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