2016 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Gran Reserva Especial, Spain, Rioja, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$49.00USD

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.  

2019 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

One of the classic wines of Ribera del Duero!  It is 100% Tempranillo that spends 18 months in American Oak and 6 months in bottle prior to release.  14.5% abv.  Purple with ruby swirls, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is great with clay, cherries, slight dill and a bit of roasted coffee.  Medium bodied.  Firm tannins.  Great balance.  The fruit is ripe but not overblown.  On the palate, black cherries, anise and some cherries.  A interesting menthol note on the finish.  Considering the pedigree, this is a very fairly priced wine.  Great on its own, it will work well with food as well. 

2020 Condado de Haza Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León 20 Aldeas, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$93.00USD

From a top Ribera del Duero producer, this one is from Castilla y Leon.  It is 100% Tempranillo weighing in at 14.5% abv.  Ruby  in color, mostly clear and bright.  Black cherries, black raspberries, spice and slight bubble gum note.  Medium bodies.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, black cherries, slightly woody, and a slight mint note.  Good finish.  This drinks well on its own and is very food friendly.  It will work well with meats off the grill from a hot dog to a roast. Drink over the next six to nine years.  

2019 Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Crianza, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

Classis Ribera del Duero wine made from 100% Tempranillo. 14.5%abv. Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is dusty with spice and cherries. Nice acidity. Firm tannins. Lovely texture. On the palate, black cherries, some cherries, coffee. Plenty of depth. The complexity emerges with some air in the glass. Long finish with a touch of chocolate. This drinks great on its own, and is food friendly. It went quite well with a carrot dip made with Moroccan spices. Drink over the next seven to ten years.

NV Domaine Netofa Fine Ruby, Israel, Galilee, Wine Review

Score: 
86
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

This is made in the style of a Ruby Port.  Made from Touriga Nacional and Tempranillo grapes.  Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is nice with cherries, cherry candy, and slight raisins.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet.  Cherries and Craisins.  Balance.  Moderate finish.  It was a nice way to end our Passover Seder.  It needs plenty of air at this stage but then drank well.  Nice on its own, this worked nicely with chocolate Macaroons.  

2018 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$90.00USD

A very consistent wine from vintage to vintage.  This is a big wine that drinks more "new world'.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black cherries, char, spice, slight blueberries and a hint of roasted herbs.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, this is up-front and delicious.  Lots of black cherry fruit with some smoke and spice.  Long finish.  This is drinking well now and should continue for another twenty years.  Great on its own, this works well with big flavors.  It can stand up to chorizo sausages.  

NV Art of Earth Sangria, Spain, Castilla - La Mancha, Wine Review

Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

Made from Organic Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes in Spain.  This is the kind of wine, that might be easy to dismiss.  It is not meant to be serious with its playful packaging and ceramic stopper.  But, at the end of the day, it is a nice wine.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  There is a slight frothy spritz.  On the palate, there are raspberries, fresh and candies, oranges, and a slight sweet quality to it.  On the palate, this is sweet but not cloying.  Cherries, black cherries and raspberries.  The finish has a bit of a bitter cherry quality.  There is enough acidity for this to work w

2008 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia, Spain,

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

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

2020 Bodegas del Mundo Valdemoreda Mulberry Creek Blanco, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B

I am told this is Tempranillo Blanco.  Very pale yellow gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is tight but with some air show both limes and peach.  Interesting.  Slightly oily texture.  On the palate, it is somewhat candied with notes of lingonberries.  Sorter finish.  An interesting wine that would benefit from food.  Sardines might be an excellent paring.  Drink over the next year.  12% abv.  

2012 R. López de Heredia Rioja Crianza Viña Cubillo, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$24.00USD

This is the basic wine from this great, traditional winery.  Purchased at a Tapas restaurant, this is an excellent value.  It is a blend of Tempranillo (65%), Garnacho (25%), and the rest Mazuelo and Graciano.  Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is great with cherries, slight dill, tobacco and slight mushrooms.  Medium bodied.  Great balance.  On the palate, loads of fresh cherry fruit with just a bit of dried over a dry tobacco base.  Some spice.  Nice finish.  This is nice on its own but worked even better with a series of small Tapas plates.  Drink over the next eight

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