Archive for the Rioja Category

Conde de Valdemar Reserva 2004, Rioja, Spain

Rioja sounds like Yee-Haw, and I have found a wine that is as much fun as you can have for less than 20$. Luscious dark red, oaky in aroma and a real thumping joy to drink is the Conde de Valdemar Reserva 2004. 90% Trempanillo and 10% Mazuelo, this is wine is a great opportunity to turn non-Rioja believers into devout followers. Cheaper Rioja's tend to be a bit harsh, but by jumping up a price category or two to something like this Reserva is an exercise in appreciation of great value in Spanish Read more [...]

Bodegas Breton 2005 Lorinon Crianza, Rioja, Spain

Bodegas Breton's 2005 Lorinon Crianza is a red juicy Trempanillo blend from the Rioja region in Spain. Red wines in Spain labelled Crianza have been aged for at least two years and at least six of those months in oak barrels. Despite that ageing, this wine tastes much younger than it really is. The juice and the alcohol seem to be roommates more than a married couple. My tasting showed plums and cherries and some leather. Reminds me of Sheryl Crow – not nearly as young as she appears to be, with Read more [...]
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