Category Archives: spain la rioja

Faustino Edicion Especial 2001

Faustino, Edicion Special, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2001 This wine: lot no. L73549, bottle no. 006789, 18 months ageing in French oak, then 20  months in bottle, before release, so this is a crianza, coated natural cork closure, 13.5% … Continue reading

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Coto de Imaz Rioja 2005

Coto de Imaz, Gran Reserva, DOCa Rioja, Spain, 2005 Rioja regulations Permitted black varieties are, in the majority tempranillo, along with garnacha, graciano, mazuelo (aka carignan), maturana tinta. Minimum ageing requirements, in years, in respectively  [wood, bottle], are crianza [1, … Continue reading

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Vina Marro Joven Rioja 2016

Bodegas Domeco de Jarauta, Vina Marro, Joven, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2016 Joven Normally, the joven, or young wine category, covers wines that are commercialised within one or two years of harvest, to preserve a fresh, fruity character, with … Continue reading

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Jarrarte Crianza Rioja 2009

Bodega Abel Mendoza Monge, Jarrarte, Crianza, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2009 This wine: varietal tempranillo, fermented in stainless steel, aged for 12 months in Allier oak, natural cork closure, 14% abv, Gauntleys, £23.74 (03/17) Consumer tasting note: a nose … Continue reading

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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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