Category Archives: Tempranillo

Bodegas Cepa 21 Hito 2013

$12.99 Ribera del Duero, Spain PLCB Code# 44161   The 2013 Hito is an affordable young Tempranillo aged in barrels for eight months. It has a fresh, fruit-driven nose with a lot of toasty notes in the background. Here they … Continue reading

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Hacienda Valvares Rioja 2011

$16.99 Rioja, Spain Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33996   (made from fruit grown in a single vineyard; fermented and aged in new French oak barrels for a year and then moved into large oak casks for another six months): Inky … Continue reading

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Bodega Garcia de Aranda Senorio de Los Baldios 2009

$19.99 Ribera del Duero, Spain Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 78061   The 2009 Senorio de Los Baldios is aged in used French and American oak over 14 months. Once again, the nose deftly assimilates the oak, allowing the floral, dark … Continue reading

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Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition 2012

$17.99 Rioja, Spain PLCB Code#  49455   Intense dark cherry-red with a garnet rim. Complex aromas to the nose, redolent of prunes in liqueur, ripe blackberries and fine, exotic woods like sandalwood. Elegant and voluptuous in the mouth, with considerable … Continue reading

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La Montesa Rioja Palacios Remondo Alfaro 2011

$12.99 Rioja, Spain Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33976   It’s interesting to compare the 2010 with the 2011 Finca La Montesa, which has a slightly different blend – 70% Garnacha, 25% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo – also sourced from the … Continue reading

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Vina Mayor Toro 2008

$13.99 Ribera del Duoro, Spain Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33395 The 2008 Vendimia Seleccionada is 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) from the DO of Toro. The wine spent 10 months in 50% new French oak. Deep-purple in color, it surrenders … Continue reading

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Bodegas Muriel Vendemmia Seleccionda Reserva Rioja 2008

$12.99 Rioja, Spain Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33400 Black cherry, chocolate, licorice and raisin flavors mingle in this round red. The tannins are softening, but the balsamic acidity maintains freshness. Drink now through 2016. 87 Points Wine Spectator, Nov 2013 … Continue reading

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Bodegas Heredad de Aduna Aduna Reserva 2008

$15.99 Rioja, Spain PLCB Code# 33234 It has a similar nose to the 2007, with generous, rounded, dark plum, raspberry and over-ripe strawberries laced with a drop of Worcester sauce. However, observing the wine over an hour, it mellows and … Continue reading

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Contino Rioja Gran Reserva 2007

$29.99 Rioja, Spain PLCB Code# 33236 The wine, only bottled in magnum (and bigger sizes), also rested in bottle for a minimum of three years before being released. It’s an elegant, clean wine, taking the best of the modern and … Continue reading

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Bodegas Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Seleccion de Familia Reserva 2007

$16.99 Rioja Spain Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33387 This polished red offers savory flavors of cherry, black tea, licorice and smoke, with light, firm tannins and gentle acidity. Focused and harmonious. Drink now through 2017. 89 Points Wine Spectator Online, … Continue reading

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