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…Continue Reading

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,…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

2005 San Vincente Rioja

I 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…Continue Reading

2004 Bodegas Amezola de la Mora Rioja Viña Amézola Crianza

Polished 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…Continue Reading