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Romántica Crianza Tinto Fino 2020 - Buy Wines

Romántica Crianza Tinto Fino 2020

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Romántica Crianza Tinto FIno 2020

Tasting: Deliciousness in a bottle from Bardos. Winemaker Raúl Acha makes wine in this inhospitable part of the Duero Valley because as he states “To make daring wines, one must be surrounded by daring people”. Medium bodied, rich dark fruit, black plum, cassis, and cedar with tobacco and fresh leather.

Bodega: Bardos

Region: Ribera del Duero

Grape: Tempranillo (Tinto Fino)

Aging: 14 months in French oak

Vintage: 2020

Alcohol: 14%

Closure: Cork

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Vendimia Seleccionada 2019 Buy Wines

Vendimia Seleccionada 2019

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Vendimia Seleccionada 2019

Tasting: Rioja of great typicity, and outstanding value. Silky and plush texture reveals beautifully expressive blueberry fruit, supple hedgerow berries and well balanced vanillan oak.

Bodega: Bodegas y Viñedos Zuazo Gastón

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo, Mazuelo

Aging: 6 months in American oak

Vintage: 2019

Alcohol: 13%

Closure: Cork

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Solaz Tempranillo Bio 2020

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Solaz Bio Tempranillo 2020

Tasting: Intense red berry fruit with fruits of the forest notes in support. Organically grown, made, and certified.

Bodega: Bodegas Osborne

Region: V.T. de Castilla

Grape: Tempranillo

Aging: Stainless steel

Vintage: 2020

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure: Cork

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Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2019 - Buy Wines

Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2019

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Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2019

Tasting: Medium bodied, a nose of vanilla, red and black fruits leading to a palate of beautifully balanced oak, acidity and fruit, blackberries, cassis, coconut, graphite and bay leaf

Bodega: Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

Region: D.O.Ca

Grape: Tempranillo

Aging: 14 months in American oak followed by 12 months in bottle

Vintage: 2019

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure: Screw cap

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Baluarte Roble Tempranillo 2019

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Baluarte Roble Tempranillo 2019

Tasting: Aromas of strawberry blossom, with a palate of red berry fruits, and toasted cedar.

Bodega: Bodegas Chivite

Region: D.O. Navarra

Grape: Tempranillo

Aging: 3 months in American oak

Vintage: 2019

Alcohol: 13%

Closure: Screw cap

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Ramírez de la Piscina Crianza 2019 - Buy Wines

Ramírez de la Piscina Crianza 2019

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Ramírez de la Piscina Crianza 2019

Tasting:  Medium bodied, this is an attractive wine that has been barrel-aged, and combines both youthful and mature characteristics. Cherry-red in colour with violet notes. On the nose there is a good balance between ripe fruit and quality wood. This balance is also present on the palate where wood, alcohol and tannin combine with spicy vanilla resulting from a touch of delicate oak. A long finish with a pronounced concentration.

Bodega: Ramírez de la Piscina

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo

Aging: French and American oak barrels for 16 months, then in bottle for another 12 months

Vintage: 2019

Alcohol: 14.5%

Closure: Cork

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Ibai Alde Crianza 2019

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Ibai Alde Crianza 2019

Tasting: Classic crianza Rioja, bright and brash red fruit led by strawberries and red-currants, concentrated red plum and cedar spice.

Bodega: Bodegas Ramírez de la Piscina

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo

Aging: 15 months in French and American Oak, followed by 8 months in bottle

Vintage: 2019

Alcohol: 14%

Closure: Cork

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Arnegui Reserva 2017

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Arnegui Reserva 2017

Tasting: Excellent value reserva Rioja, spiced blackberries and vanilla aromas support a palate of rich, concentrated plum fruit, woody spices and very present vanilla and coconut.

Bodega: Pagos del Rey

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo

Aging: 18 months in American oak, followed by 18 months in bottle

Vintage: 2017

Closure: Cork

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Hacienda López de Haro Gran Reserva 2014 - Buy Wines

Hacienda López de Haro Gran Reserva 2014

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Hacienda López de Haro Gran Reserva 2014

Tasting: Elegant, complex and refined, lashings of dried mature blackcurrant and bramble fruit with delicate spices, cassia bark, star anise and angelica. Although a very classic oak driven Gran Reserva, it is well balanced, with exceptionally plush texture and balance.  

Bodega: Bodega Classica

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano

Aging: 30 months in French and American oak, followed by 36 months in bottle

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol: 14%

Closure: Cork

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Massimo 2022

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Massimo 2022

Tasting: Comprising of almost all Mencía with just a dash of Tempranillo and Sousón, this expressive, light bodied wine captures the very essence of Ribeira Sacra, grown on slopes above the River Sil so vertiginous they can only be worked by hand. Flavours of blueberries, blackcurrants, and herbs with fresh, lifted acidity.

Bodega: Viña D’Mateo

Region: D.O. Ribeira Sacra

Grape: Mencía, Tempranillo, Sousón

Aging: Stainless steel on lees

Vintage: 2022

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure: Cork

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Ramón Bilbao Gran Reserva 2014 - Buy Wines

Ramón Bilbao Gran Reserva 2014

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Ramón Bilbao Gran Reserva 2014

Tasting: Everything you’d expect from classic Gran Reserva Rioja, aromatic and complex with a palate of blackberries, redcurrant, cherries, nutmeg and vanilla.

Bodega: Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo

Aging: 30 months in American oak, followed by 36 months in bottle

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol: 14% 

Closure: Cork

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El Primer Beso Tinto Fino 2022 Buy Wines

El Primer Beso Tinto Fino 2022

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El Primer Beso Tinto Fino 2022

Tasting: The outstanding wines of Alejandro Moyano are as poetic to drink as the labels and their names would suggest. An award-winning winery, self-sufficient and completely off the electricity and water supplies vinifies the organically grown Tinto Fino – the local name for Tempranillo – with the minimum of handling. El Primer Beso – The First Kiss – is certified organic, medium bodied with oodles of soft, ripe, morello cherry fruit, raspberry, and lovely underlying graphite minerality.

Bodega: Bodegas y Viñedos Valdemonjas

Region: D.O. Ribera del Duero

Grape: Tempranillo (Tinto Fino)

Aging: 6 months in cement tanks

Vintage: 2022

Alcohol: 14%

Closure: Cork

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Arnegui Joven Tempranillo 2022 Buy Wines

Arnegui Joven Tempranillo 2022

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Arnegui Joven Tempranillo 2022

Tasting: Fresh and elegant young Rioja. Flavours of red and black cherry with sweet vanilla spice. Certified Vegan friendly.

Bodega: Pagos del Rey

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo

Aging: Stainless steel

Vintage: 2022

Alcohol: 14%

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El Ilusionista Joven Tinto Fino 2020 Buy Wines

El Ilusionista Joven Tinto Fino 2020

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El Ilusionista Joven Tinto Fino 2020

Tasting: Fresh, young and full of life! Un-oaked Tempranillo bursting with crunchy red fruit, brash and breezy tannin with trademark firm acidity.  

Bodega: HGA Bodegas

Region: D.O. Ribera del Duero

Grape: Tempranillo (Tinto Fino)

Aging: Stainless steel

Vintage: 2020

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure: Cork

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Bhilar Berria 2020 Buy Wines

Bhilar Berria 2020

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Bhilar Berria 2020

Tasting: David Sampredo-Gil’s Bodegas Bhilar has slowly become one of the most respected small wineries in Rioja. His vineyards are bursting with life due to the biodiversity he encourages using organic and biodynamic farming. Based in the subregion of Alavesa around the town of Elvillar (Bhilar is the Basque word for Elvillar), he makes an array of exceptional wine that stun his fans year after year. Produced using a technique called ‘Carbonic Maceration’ which helps produce, light, fruit driven wines, the Berria, is packed full of juicy, vibrant red and purple fruit, it explodes across the palate, fresh and aromatic, this is super interesting wine!

Bodega: Bodegas Bhilar

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo, Viura

Aging: 2020

Alcohol 11%

Closure: Cork

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Clea Crianza Tinto Fino 2020 Buy Wines

Clea Crianza Tinto Fino 2020

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Clea Crianza Tinto Fino 2018

Tasting: Intense dark fruit aromas, liquorice and tobacco. Silky soft and elegant on the palate with a nice balance of acidity and supple tannins. 

Bodega: Bardos

Region: D.O. Ribera del Duero

Grape: Tempranillo (Tinto Fino)

Aging: 14 months in new French oak.

Vintage: 2020

Alcohol 14%

Closure: Cork


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El Primer Paso 2020

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El Primer Paso 2020

Tasting: Tinta de Toro, although Tempranillo, is generally considered a DNA variant of Tempranillo, it has smaller berries and ticker skins so makes much bigger wines than Tempranillo in the Duero valley generally does. Made by Frenchman Antony Terryn, who has a stunning array of old vine plantings in Toro. Powerful, spicy, earthy black fruit, cassis, mulberries and scrub herbs with amazingly soft polished tannins.

Bodega: Dominio del Bendito

Region: D.O. Toro

Grape: Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo)

Aging: 6 months in French and American oak

Vintage: 2020

Alcohol: 15%

Closure: Cork

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Palacio del Camino Real 2019

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Palacio del Camino Real 2019

Tasting: Fresh, elegant, round and easy drinking. This wine is a nod to the freshness and fruitiness of the highest areas of Rioja and classic joven wines. On the palate it is a fine and delicate wine, with soft and light tannin that makes it easy to drink, with oodles of red berry fruit.

Bodega: Bodega Classica

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo

Aging: Stainless steel

Vintage: 2019

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure: Cork

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Vega Demara Tempranillo 2018

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Vega Demara Tempranillo 2018

Tasting: Medium bodied with cherries and violets on the nose, revealing a palate of intense red berry fruit.

Bodega: Vega Demara

Region: D.O. La Mancha

Grape: Tempranillo

Aging: Stainless steel

Vintage: 2018

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure: Screw cap

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Solaz Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 Buy Wines

Solaz Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

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Solaz Bio Tempranillo 2018

Tasting: Elegant and well-balanced, with notes of red and black fruits and spices. On the palate it displays notes of ripe fruit and black chocolate. Smooth, rounded tannins with a long, persistent finish

Bodega: Bodegas Osborne

Region: V.T. de Castilla

Grape: Tempranillo

Aging: Stainless steel

Vintage: 2018

Alcohol: 13%

Closure: Cork

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Protos Gran Reserva 2015

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Protos Gran Reserva 2015

Tasting: Bodegas Protos were founded in 1927, they were instrumental in the foundation of the the Ribera del Duero appellation, their wines speak of the very essence of traditional winemaking in the region. Expressive and extremely complex, cocoa, red berry fruits and tobacco aromas complement a rich palate of concentrated, muscular raspberry fruit, with cedar, spice and fresh leather. Powerful wine built to age, 2011 is in a beautiful drinking window currently

Bodega: Bodegas Protos

Region: D.O. Ribera del Duero

Grape: Tempranillo (Tinto Fino)

Aging: 24 months in French and American oak, followed by 36 months in bottle

Vintage: 2015

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure: Cork

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Martínez Lacuesta Crianza 2018 - Buy Wines

Martínez Lacuesta Crianza 2018

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Martínez Lacuesta Crianza 2018

Tasting: Classic Rioja from a traditional producer of Rioja Alta. Ripe black fruits, black cherry, cassis, and blackberries all combine with smooth, silky tannins, and sweet vanilla and spices.

Bodega: Bodegas Martínez Lacuesta

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo

Aging: 18 months in American oak, then 6 months in bottle

Vintage: 2018

Alcohol: 13%

Closure: Cork

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Calzadilla Classic 2015

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Calzadilla Classic 2015

Tasting: D.O. Pago is a single site appellation, awarded to estates of exceptional, consistent excellence. Calzadilla Classic is the highest quality fruit from Bodegas Uribes Madera’s vineyards. Classic black fruit characters of plum and blackcurrant with support from tobacco, liquorice and vanilla.

Bodega: Bodegas Uribes Madera

Region: D.O. Pago Calzadilla (Castilla-La Mancha)

Grape: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Syrah

Aging: 12 months in French oak

Vintage: 2015

Alcohol: 14%

Closure: Cork

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Ramón Bilbao Gran Reserva 2009 - Buy Wines

Ramón Bilbao Gran Reserva 2009

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Ramón Bilbao Gran Reserva 2009

Tasting: Everything you’d expect from classic Gran Reserva Rioja, aromatic and complex with a palate of blackberries, redcurrant, cherries, nutmeg and vanilla.

Bodega: Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo

Aging: 30 months in American oak

Vintage: 2009

Alcohol: 14% 

Closure: Cork

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