Posts tagged "Viña Real"
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...
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...
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...
Top 10 Wines of 2011.

Top 10 Wines of 2011.

Okay, well forget top ten, let’s make it a baker’s dozen while we’re at it.  No particular order, I will just list them youngest to oldest according to vintage.  There are some reds, some young, some old, a white, a rosé, and even a non vintage number.  Just wines that kept me thinking throughout the...
Aged Traditional Rioja:  A Journey Into the Past & the Rioja Traditional/Modern Divide

Aged Traditional Rioja: A Journey Into the Past & the Rioja Traditional/Modern Divide

Traditional Rioja is one of the greatest categories of wine in the world.  But most people don’t know that.  And it’s fine with me.  It has kept prices reasonable in the face of areas like Bordeaux and Burgundy which are very expensive across the board for most top end, and even middle of the road,...
CVNE Rioja Tasting @ PJ Wines

CVNE Rioja Tasting @ PJ Wines

Traditional Rioja is turning into my passion/obsession.  So when an the opportunity to taste wines from legendary Rioja producer CVNE (pronounced CUNE) arose, I had to jump on it.  Especially since I have only had their wines on a few other occasions.  And while I have been impressed with them I was not as familiar...