Category Archives: tempranillo

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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Amnesia Alentejano 2014

Agricola Monte Novo e Figuerinha, Amnesia Tinto, IGT Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal, 2014 This wine: lot no.94/2012, a blend of aragonez (aka tempranillo), cabernet sauvignon and syrah, 2+1 technical cork closure, 14% abv, Ann et Vin, £11.50 (05/17) Consumer tasting … 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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