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 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia, Spain, Toro, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2004
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$100.00USD

Another great wine from this winery.  Purple in color, slight ruby at the rim.  The nose is very tight at first.  With air it shows some black cherry and spice.  On the palate, delicious black cherry fruit.  Showing quite young.  Firm tannins.  This bottle would have been better served being decanted for an hour or so.  There is still some upside development to go which is impressive at 15 years from vintage.  Works well on its own or needs bigger foods.  Should be good for another 15 years.  

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

2010 Epoch Estate Wines Tempranillo Paderewski Vineyard, USA, California, Paso Robles, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$65.00USD

Inky purple in color.  The nose has clay, black cherries and is young and vibrant.  On the palate, there is a black olive quality that made me think Syrah (though I don't know if there is any blended in).  Also black cherries with some spice.  Medium tannins.  This is a big wine.  It is fresh, lively and delicious.  In a tasting of Spanish Tempranillo's this was thrown in blind and was my favorite.  Great on its own but will work with bigger foods.  Easily has a decade left and probably more.  

2000 Bodega Numanthia Toro Termanthia, Spain, Toro, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2000
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$185.00USD

This is in one heavy bottle.  it is drinking beautifully right now but no hurry at all.  Inky purple in color and opaque but bright.  The nose has some pepper with black raspberries.  Perhaps a slight hazelnut note.  On the palate, this is showing some age and development in terms of complexity but it is lively and vibrant.  Firm tannins and plenty of black raspberry fruit.  Some black cherries on the finish.  This drinks great alone and will work with heavier foods.  It was $130 on release.  

2008 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Dehesa la Granja, Spain, Castilla y León, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
86
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

Purple with slight dark brown swirls.  On the nose this is dusty with persistent barnyard.  Some cherries.  It tastes older and past prime on the palate but still worth drinking.  Some barnyard too but cherry fruit and dried cherries.  A bit drying on the finish.  Not sure if this is a representative bottle but this is a current release.  Better with food; meats and stews would work well.  

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

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