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Ed L.
Ed L.
2003 - Bodegas LAN Rioja Edicion Limitada
Muscular Rioja With Finesse!
Apr 18, 2011
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Unlike any Rioja I've tasted; a modern-style romp of fruit with smooth layer of oak running throughout.  Impeccably smooth tannins
jorray
jorray
2005 - Mas Que Vinos Ercavio Roble
Essence of grape-aid
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star
In the glass, Ercavio Roble Tempranillo, 2005, is medium deep red, ruby at the edge.Aromas are moderately powerful, mostly reminding of grape Kool-Aid with a pinch of oak dust.On the palate, a hint of Welch's grape-aid remains, but wrapped in a comfortable robe of catchy tannins and a touch of acid. Fills the cavities of your mouth and brings those grapes into a long finish. Touch of blueberry. Two stars, because I wouldn't rush to seek it out again, with a plus for its promising finish.More reviews at spiritofwine.blogspot.com
jorray
jorray
2004 - Venta Mazzaron
Delicious furry, tannic experience.
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
The 100% tempranillo Venta Mazzaron is deep red/ruby in the glass, though almost opaque in the middle.Aromas are potent, funky, bold and old-worldy. Creamy, oil-slicked, oak-encrusted vines. Maybe some graphite, maybe some bacon. Seems high-calorie and high-octane just to breathe it in!On the palate, an intense, furry, tannic experience that lives up to the smell. New world fruit is carried to the roof of your palate, but bold, smooth yet aggressive tannins cause it to pucker your teeth and creep around your mouth. The finish goes on and on, creating an almost minty-impact in your mouth (without the mint aromas). Blockbuster! This is right on the knife's edge of five stars, but let's give it four stars with a plus for ageworthiness. This wine is all I need for an evening of oenophilic pleasure! Absolutely screaming, phenomenal value at its ridiculously low price point.More reviews at spiritofwine.blogspot.com
Todd H.
Todd H.
2007 - Bodega Numanthia Termes Termes
Jan 11, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Cory G.
Cory G.
2001 - Montecillo Rioja Gran Reserva
Aug 18, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Medium-light red with tones of purple, leading to a red rim that fades to milky pink at the rim.  The nose is full of a slightly sweet, luxurious fruit core surrounded by delicate floral aromas.  The balance stays true on the palate and the soft plum and cherry fruits are surrounded a nice layer of cedar and spice.  The oak is well integrated and this is drinking great now!
Cory G.
Cory G.
2005 - Torres Celeste Crianza
Jul 13, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
Very dark, with a unique fragrant nose of crushed purple flowers and an intoxicating sweet element on top.  Blueberry city on the palate, with flavors of the crushed berries.  Very dense, surprisingly tannic in the mid to rear palate, this probably needs a couple more years in the bottle to smooth out.  Very nice.
John  S.
John S.
2006 - Marques de Caceres Rioja Rosado (Rose)
Ridiculous Value Rose
Mar 06, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This is an absolutely stunning value rose from Spain.  This has a beautiful pinkish hue and an incredibly aromatic nose.  Watermelon, strawberries, white peach, and a soft floral note all play well together.  On the palate crisp, clean, and fresh, with great acidity and rich minerality.  This is a perfect wine for the Spring and Summer months ahead.  It is an excellent apertif wine and will go great with grilled foods.  I swear if I was served this in a black glass that it was a red wine; it has that much complexity!
Manuel D.
Manuel D.
2004 - Comenge Ribera del Duero
Sep 11, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Kevin R.
Kevin R.
2004 - Pingus Flor de Pingus
suggested by the french laundry
Aug 10, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I enjoyed a half bottle of this wine at the French Laundry in June of 2008, while on an epicurean excursion through California's wine country.  This wine was, by far, the best wine I tasted that week, before, or since.  I am in love with the Pingus.  It paired with everything nicely, deliciously full bodied but not overpowering or heavy. 
Dianelys G.
Dianelys G.
9998 - Faustino, Bodegas Faustino I Gran Reserva
Jun 30, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Holley J.
Holley J.
2002 - Venta Mazzaron
Excellent!
Jun 08, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
IF you like fruit bombs....has a nose of vanilla and cassis.nice plum and blackberry front giving way to some toffee flavored gripping tannins then the finish is full of raisins. this is an interesting wine needs to open a little. it's worth a shot but surely not for everybody. would pair nicely with a juicy steak.
Holley J.
Holley J.
2003 - Venta Mazzaron
Great Value!
Jun 08, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This vintage has vanilla notes up front, with some ripe berry and currant flavor there as well. Hard but integrated tannins come accross on the midpalate and finish. Probably not one for the old school Tempranillo drinkers, but this has to be a hit in the domestic market that loves the big stuff.
Holley J.
Holley J.
2004 - Venta Mazzaron
New from Old
Jun 08, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a very new world styled wine with vanilla oak and fruit exploding. Big and ripe, very much seeming to show a "new world" style, this tempranillo could almost pass for some kind of California cabernet.  Drink over the next 5 years.
Junior W.
Junior W.
2002 - Albet I Noya, Bodegas Tempranillo
pass on this vintage
Jun 04, 2008
1 star 1 star
Big disappointment after the 2001 vintage.  It has crappy sour-cherry nose with tons of fake sweetness followed by a chemical aspect that is not at all enjoyable. On the palate this stuff is awful because it tastes just like it smells.  Pass on this vintage.
Junior W.
Junior W.
2001 - Albet I Noya, Bodegas Tempranillo
Good Tempranillo!
Jun 04, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Good  Tempranillo! This was a good surprise to the palate with very nice plum and vanilla taste - I smell a surprising bit of tobacco on the nose. Quite nice and very easy to drink.
James W.
James W.
2002 - Bodega Numanthia Termes Numanthia
Repetitive Much?
May 31, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is more of the same, maybe a little more vanilla than previous vintages but otherwise hard to discern between them.  Cherries, tobacco, and cedar box are dominate after the vanilla oak.
James W.
James W.
1999 - Bodega Numanthia Termes Numanthia
Slightly less refined
May 31, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star

This vintage is still crawling with cherry, tobacco, vanilla oak and cassis flavors, but the fruit is a little less expressive and the oak is slightly less refined.  The tannins are also a little bit chewier than later vintages.

James W.
James W.
2001 - Bodega Numanthia Termes Numanthia
Same old
May 31, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is again a wine that I have seen have very minimal variance from vintage to vintage, so if you like this wine, keep buying other vintages, and if you don't, well then don't bother.  The vanilla oak, cherries, currant and earthy undertones are all present.
James W.
James W.
2000 - Bodega Numanthia Termes Numanthia
Good But Overrated
May 31, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine is a solid 90 point wine, and that's good but that's all it is.  The vanilla oak and sweet cherries pour out on the nose and the palate.  The earthy undertones help drown out the alcohol that you taste on a lot of Spanish wines.
Vanessa W.
Vanessa W.
2004 - Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos (Tempranillo)
Great Value
May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
The fruit on this wine is second to the vanilla oak like a lot of lower end Spanish wines in my opinion, but this wine does shine for the price.  The strawberry and blackberry flavors are subtle but very nice.  Drink now. 

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