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Patrocinio Rioja Joven 2015

Bodegas Patrocinio (Co-operative), Senorio de Unuela, Rioja Joven, DOCa Rioja, Rioja Alta, La Rioja, Spain, 2015 This wine: varietal tempranillo, screw cap closure, 14.5% abv, widely available, ~£10 (05/17) Consumer tasting note: a nose of rich stewed strawberry, black cherry, … Continue reading

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Ortega Viuda Negra Rioja 2014

Javier San Pedro Ortega, Viuda Negra, Crianza, DOCa Rioja, Rioja, Spain, 2014 This wine: varietal tempranillo, aged for 14 months in French and American oak barrique; coated natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, source unknown, ~€8 (05/17) Consumer tasting note: a … Continue reading

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CVNE Imperial Rioja 2010

CVNE, Imperial Reserva, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2010 This wine: a tempranillo dominated blend with graciano and mazuelo, reserva regs are a minimum of 1 year in oak (US and French used here) and 2 years in bottle, natural … Continue reading

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CVNE Imperial Rioja 2009

CVNE, Imperial Reserva, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2009 This wine: a tempranillo dominated blend with graciano and mazuelo, reserva regs are a minimum of 1 year in oak (US and French used here) and 2 years in bottle, natural … Continue reading

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CVNE Imperial Rioja 2010

CVNE, Imperial Reserva, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2010 This wine: a tempranillo dominated blend with graciano and mazuelo, reserva regs are a minimum of 1 year in oak (US and French used here) and 2 years in bottle, natural … Continue reading

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Vina Tondonia Rioja 2003

R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva, Rioja Alta, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2003 This wine: Tondonia is a 170ha vineyard on the western right bank of the R.Ebro, with alluvial clay and limestone soil. The grapes are always used in … Continue reading

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Mas de Victor Rioja 2011

Mas de Victor, Graciano, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2011 Graciano is one of the 5 approved varieties for red Rioja, the others being tempranillo, garnacha, mazuelo and maturana tinta. This wine: varietal graciano (analysis here agrees with a consensus of … Continue reading

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