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Tempranillo, Viña Cubillo, Crianza, Lopez de Heredia, Rioja Alta, Spain, 2012, 13.5 abv., US$40
Classic, classic, classic – it doesn’t get much better than this developed, yet still bright, mostly Tempranillo wine from benchmark Rioja winery, Lopez de Heredia. The Cubillo vineyard has vines that are about 40 years old and the 65% Tempranillo … Continue reading
Posted in Graciano, Grenache / Garnacha, Mazuelo, OTHER, RED, Tempranillo Tagged Espana, Lopez de Heredia, red wine, rioja, spain, spanish wine, Vina Cubillo Leave a comment
Lopez de Haro, Tempranillo, Crianza, Rioja DOC, Spain, 2010, 13.5% abv.
Meh. I expected more from this wine. A 90% Tempranillo with 7% Garnacha and the remainder Graciano for perfume and colour, this is a Crianza version from a hillside at the village of San Vicente de La Sonsierra in Rioja, Spain. … Continue reading
Posted in Graciano, Grenache / Garnacha, RED, Red, Spain, Tempranillo Tagged garnacha, Graciano, Lopez de Haro, rioja, spain, tempranillo 2 Comments
Bodegas Valgrande, Rincón de Navas, Riserva, Rioja Alta, Rioja DOC, Spain, 1995, 12% abv.
This Rioja classic is connected to the Valduero family who also own bodegas in Ribero del Duero and Toro. The cork was perfect – a happy surprise to find on a 20 year old wine. The Rincón has a translucent shade of ruby red … Continue reading
Posted in OTHER, RED, Spain, Tempranillo Tagged bodegas delgrande, red wine, rioja, rioja alta rincon de navas, spain, tempranillo Leave a comment
Viña Tondonia, Reserva, López de Heredia, Rioja DOC, Spain, 1998, 12.5% abv.
Just about any bottle of López de Heredia is enough to make most wine geeks swoon. But, when we put five in a room armed with glasses and this bottle of Viña Tondonia Reserva, 1998, the atmosphere quickly became ‘fan girly’. We … Continue reading
Posted in Macabeu/Viura, Malvasia, OTHER, Spain, Viura / White Rioja, WHITE Tagged Lopez de Heredia, macabeu, malvasia, reserva white wine, rioja, spain, vina tondonia, viura Leave a comment
Rose, Bodegas Muga, Rioja DOCa, Spain, 2013, 12.5% abv, C$18
Summer is meant for rose wine – or is it the other way around? I often wonder why rose is not called ‘pink’ wine in English – we have white and red, so why not pink? This pink wine is fresh, … Continue reading
Posted in Grenache / Garnacha, ROSE, Spain, Tempranillo, Viura / White Rioja Tagged muga, pink wine, rioja, rose, spain Leave a comment
Viña Gravonia, Crianza, López de Heredia, Rioja Alta, Spain, 2000, 12% abv, C$42 BCLB
It was a sad day for the unusual wines of Rioja, Spain; Pedro Lopez de Heredia passed away today. This called for the raising of a special glass in his honour and memory. Enter the Viña Gravonia, Crianza 2000. Several years ago … Continue reading
Posted in Spain, Viura / White Rioja, WHITE Tagged crianza, Lopez de Heredia, rioja, spain, vina gravonia, viura, white wine Leave a comment
Vina Ardanza, Reserva Especial, Rioja Alta, Rioja AOC, Spain, 13.5% abv, US $32
Purchased in New Haven, Connecticut, this is an 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha blend made only in special vintages – 1964, 1973 and this 2001 example. The wine has a clear, deep, rich garnet core moving to a thick bricked ruby … Continue reading
Posted in Grenache / Garnacha, RED Tagged garnacha, red wine, rioja, spain, tempranillo, Vina Ardanza Leave a comment
Viña Tondonia, López de Heredia, Rosada, Gran Reserva, Rioja, Spain, 2000, 12% abv.
I’ve been waiting to open this bottle for a while. After reading about it in the New York Times, I bought two of the three bottles available locally and opened one when family came to visit from England. Come to think of … Continue reading
Posted in Grenache / Garnacha, Macabeu/Viura, ROSE, Spain, Tempranillo Tagged gran reserva, granacha, Lopez de Heredia, pink wine, rioja, rosada, rose, spain, tempranillo, Tondonia, viura Leave a comment