Category Archives: Rioja

2006 Izadi Reserva Rioja

This red was right up my alley. Purple ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, coffee, cherry, blueberry, blackberry, meat, cigar, some earth and some oak too. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium+ body, big fruit, layered spice and mineral, good balance and really nice length to the finish. I want more of this beauty! Buy this wine!

2004 San Vincente Rioja

We popped this at work tonight, just awesome! Ruby color. On the nose, youthful but showing development, medium+ intensity, cherry, cigar, mineral, spice box, violets, dried herbs, loaded with spices, some oak and earth. On the palate, dry, medium body, medium+ acidity, medium tannin, a lot going on, beautiful balance, and many layers of non-fruit flavor mingling with some dark cherry flavors, on a beautiful finish. This wine was even better eight hours later, I only hope there is more!

2005 San Vincente Rioja

I’ve got some seriously good wine luck. We opened the 2006, eager to have a look at the new vintage, but it was corked. So, Jason opened the 98 pointer 2005 vintage to make up for it. This single vineyard Rioja had amazing black purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, cherry, leather, earth, cigar, licorice, plum, perfume, lots of earth, and some oak too. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, loaded with fruit and earth, lots of cigar, layered with spice, and a finish that has elegance and power. This wine deserves every big score it got and every time I get to try it exceeds the last. There’s not much left on the shelves, so if you have this wine, save some, but enjoy some now!    

2003 Finca Allende Rioja

This was a treat from way back in my cellar, and was something I busted out to get a free piano lesson. Dark ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, big time cherry, earth, and cigar, I mean like un-mistakable, with cocoa, plum, sage, some oak, and definite oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, silky, balanced, delicious, cherry, milkshake, dust, with a nice finish. This wine killed it, balanced somewhere between new and old Rioja, it was precisely what I like about red wine.    

2004 Bodegas Sierra Cantabria Rioja Cuvée Especial

sierra_cantabria_cuveePopped thias last night at the tail end of the shift to get a sensory evaluation from the staff. Ruby color. On the nose, staring to develop, medium intensity, dirt, leather, tobacco, some cherry, some pomegranate, some oak, and lots of earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, this wine is what people mean when they say “dry”, lots of earth and leather glove, not that exciting of a finish, but one can tell this would have been better with meat.    

2006 Sierra Cantabria Coleccion Privada Rioja

sierra_cantabria_privadaPurple to ruby in color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, cherry, plum, leather, pipe tobacco, wet soil, layered with new oak spices, and minute amounts of detectable earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium+ body, medium tannin, layered, lots of fruit, lots of oak, coffee, cigar, earthy, with a solid A on the finish. New world example of old world fruit, bordering on candy bar but a tad more complex.    

2005 San Vincente Rioja

san-vicenteI got to revisit this gem again last night over some enchiladas. Dark purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, blck raspberry, cherry, plum, wet cigar, licorice, leather, some oak, and some earth tones detected. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium+ body, with medium+ tannins, racy acidity, very balanced with beautiful texture and a palpable density to the black fruit, on a spice driven creamy finish. A+    

2004 Bodegas Amezola de la Mora Rioja Viña Amézola Crianza

amezolaPolished off a few off these last night at Tango Tapas. Ruby color, medium intensity. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, meaty, earthy, lots of oak, cherry, leather, and tobacco. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, med+ alcohol, oaky, but that’s the custom in Rioja. I enjoyed this one, even though I know I could find it for far less money than the $40 on the menu.