Posts tagged "Traditional RIoja"
Top 10 Wines of 2012

Top 10 Wines of 2012

As I reflect back on 2012 I can honestly say that it was my luckiest year yet when it comes to wine.  I was fortunate enough to have drunk more great wine more often with more great people than any other year.  This is a blessing.  And in some ways a curse.  Whatever, I have...
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...
Goodbye 2003 Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza, Hello Classic Rioja

Goodbye 2003 Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza, Hello Classic Rioja

The last bottle of 2003 Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza went down the gullet with our supper last night.  And what a treat.  But I will not shed a tear as I am eager to get onto the next vintage of one of the best, and most affordable, Rioja Crianzas on the market.  While Peciña...
Burgundy vs. Rioja vs. Barolo

Burgundy vs. Rioja vs. Barolo

I like to pit my favorite wine regions against each other, like super hero’s if you will.  Except they are not in a battle of good and evil; more like good and good.  So with some friends we drank some Nicolas Potel Burgundy, Viña Real Rioja, and Oddero Barolo (in that order) to see how...
El Brozal 2009 Rioja Blanco:  Another Great White Hope.

El Brozal 2009 Rioja Blanco: Another Great White Hope.

The genre of classic white Rioja is very small.  In fact, until recently, the only real bearer of this cross was Lopéz de Heredia with it’s Gravonia and Tondonia whites.  And while these still remain the archetypes of traditional white Rioja’s, there have been some welcome new additions.  Marqués de Murrieta’s Capellania springs to mind,...
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...
The Classic Rioja Bodegas of Haro

The Classic Rioja Bodegas of Haro

It had been a minute since I had organized a wine dinner or tasting.  The last one was over a year ago and then some, and it was focused on classic Rioja.  With that in mind I put together a tasting with friends of the classic Rioja Bodegas which are based around the old railway...