Posts tagged "Old School Rioja"
Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real 1998 & 2001

Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real 1998 & 2001

It’s autumn and that’s when Rioja comes back out to play.  With that in mind, I have been revisiting Rioja lately and I wanted to check in on one of Rioja’s classics, Bodegeas Riojanas Monte Real.  I have had the Monte Real 1998 before but I was curious about the 2001, a much touted vintage...
Who is Faustino?

Who is Faustino?

Maybe you have seen him.  I know I have.  His name is Faustino.  He is in airport duty free shops around the globe, and he is the most recognized label when it comes to classic Rioja wines.  Ladies and Gents, it’s Faustino! Being, perhaps the most recognized Rioja label in the world (or is it...
La Rioja Alta:  Viña Ardanza 2000 & Viña Alberdi 2005

La Rioja Alta: Viña Ardanza 2000 & Viña Alberdi 2005

Every time I open a bottle of wine from La Rioja Alta I am reminded that they are not only one of my favorite bodegas in Rioja, but one of the finest in the world.  The level of character and consistency is to be admired and trusted.  These facts were confirmed when I recently checked...
Maria Jose Lopéz de Heredia @ USQ

Maria Jose Lopéz de Heredia @ USQ

Enough has been said here about the wines of Lopéz de Heredia (at least for now!), so I will let Maria Jose speak about her family bodega.  Filmed on location at Union Square Wines:  Ladies and Gents, Maria Jose Lopéz de Heredia.  
CVNE Viña Real 2004 Gran Reserva

CVNE Viña Real 2004 Gran Reserva

There are a few 2004 Gran Reservas hitting the US market, like Marques de Murietta and CVNE Viña Real, but I think they are too young to drink now if you like traditional Rioja.  I mean, I think that even the 2001 Rioja Reservas and Gran Reservas will improve with (need) 5-10 years of bottle...
Bodegas Riojanas, Viña Albina 2001 Gran Reserva

Bodegas Riojanas, Viña Albina 2001 Gran Reserva

Rioja has been making a big splash again this past week with after Eric Asimov over at the New York Times chimed in on Rioja’s value and ageability.  Let’s hope this does not signal the end of affordable prices on classically styled Rioja wines.  But if the Bodegas Riojanas Viña Albina 2001 Gran Reserva is...
Viña Tondonia 1994 Gran Reserva

Viña Tondonia 1994 Gran Reserva

As soon as I saw that Chambers Street Wines had received their initial allocation of López de Heredia 1994 Gran Reserva I had to have at it immediately.  Besides the fact that they are among the first to receive the wine in the United States, I simply wanted to try it.  And I wanted to...