Category Archives: tempranillo

CVNE Reserva Rioja 2013

CVNE (Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana), pronounced coonay, DOCa Reserva Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2013 This wine: lot No. L170805L (on the back label), a predominantly tempranillo blend, along with garnacha, graciano and mazuelo (aka carignan), aged for at least 1 … Continue reading

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Vega-Sicilia Valbuena No5 2011

Bodegas Vega-Sicilia, Valbuena 50, DO Ribera del Duero, Valbuena de Duero, Valladolid, Castile Y Leon, Spain, 2011 On Ribera del Duero. This wine: lot No. (Lote) 050, bottle No. 149125, a tempranillo dominated blend, with merlot; fermented in stainless steel … Continue reading

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Vina Ardanza Reserva Rioja 2009

Bodegas La Rioja Alta, Viña Ardanza Reserva, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2009 On Rioja and its styles (courtesy The Wine Society) This wine: lot No. L.096 T-7 67 332, a blend of 80% tempranillo and 20% garnacha, vinified in … Continue reading

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Vina Tondonia Rioja 2004

R. Lopez de Heredia, Vina Tondonia Reserva, Rioja Alta, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2004 This wine: lot No. Lo228, Tondonia is a 170ha vineyard on the western right bank of the river Ebro, on an alluvial clay and limestone soil. … Continue reading

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Vina Bosconia Rioja 2004

Bodegas R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia,Vina Bosconia Reserva, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2004 On Rioja: Rioja Wine Guide, including style descriptions – courtesy of the Wine Society. This wine: lot No. L-9986, traditional style, a blend of 80% … Continue reading

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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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