2015 Bodegas Obalo Rioja Crianza, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
89
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$16.00USD

This is a very modern take on Rioja.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is tight.  With air it shows black cherries and black raspberries.  Also some spice.  On the palate, this is deep and delicious.  Firm tannins.  Bright black cherry fruit.  Blind, I would have probably guessed California Grenache.  Still, it is delicious and inexpensive (under $20).  It would make a great party wine.  Not sure how well this will age.  It might be fun to lay a bottle or two down.  

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.  

2014 Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Malleolus, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

From one of my personal favorite wineries of Ribera del Duero.  Inky purple in color.  The nose has cherries and a slight bell pepper note.  Also some spice.  On the palate, nice black cherry fruit.  Very tannic and youthful.  Good balance.  It needs time and air.  More modern in style.  Needs bigger foods.  Should last a decade more with ease.  At one time, these bottlings cost over $100, so shop around.  A quick perusal sees pricing from $38 to $70.  In this particular blind tasting of Tempranillo's, this was my WOTN.  

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.  

2014 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera Crianza, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$33.00USD

Purple in color, magenta at the rim.  The nose has nice cherry fruit along with some dill.  Also dusty.  It did take some time to open.  On the palate, this has bright cherry fruit.  Not a ton of depth at this point.  Lighter tannins.  Good balance and acidity.  This will work well at most dinner tables if the price is within one's budget for an "everyday" type of wine.  Very classic and old-school in style.  

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

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