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  • 2015 Artadi Rioja Valdegines – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alavesa, Rioja (7/31/2021)
    WIML93

    Tasted noni blind.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of aspirin, smoke, leather, black berries and black cherries. Flavors of black cherries, black berries and plums. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink over the short to medium time frame with some air to help open. (93 points)

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  • 2016 Artadi Rioja Valdegines – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alavesa, Rioja (7/16/2021)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of black pepper, tobacco, currants and plums. Flavors of black berries, cherries and plums. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink with air or continue to hold. (93 points)

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  • 2010 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Cune Gran Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (6/28/2021)
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind.

    Purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of blueberries, leather, Kirsch and pepper. Flavors of black berries, raspberries and boysenberries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink over the short to perhaps medium term. (91 points)

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  • 2007 Artadi Rioja Pagos Viejos – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alavesa, Rioja (3/30/2021)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of camphor, black pepper and black cherries. Flavors of black cherries, black currants and black berries. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

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  • 1990 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (6/3/2020)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about two hours.

    Yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of camphor, matchstick and yellow pear. Flavors of tangy cherries, tangerine and minerals. Medium acidity, full bodied. Drink over the short term. (93 points)

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  • 1991 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (11/26/2019)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about 3 hours.

    Dark yellow, almost gold in color, clear looking throughout. Nose of sherry, dried ginger and brandy soaked pears. Flavors of brandy soaked pears, cherry wasser and minerals. Medium to bright acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold. I’d drink. Drinking really well right now. (93 points)

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  • 2014 Bodegas Roda Rioja Roda Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja (8/13/2019)
    WIML91

    Tasted double blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of smoke, leather, a little roasted meat, a little black pepper and some berries. Flavors of black berries, a little blueberries and a little black raspberries. Medium acidity, drying tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink over the short to medium term.

    My guess was a Spanish Tempranillo from the 2011 vintage. Ranked 3 out of 4 in this flight. (91 points)

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  • 2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Viña Tondonia – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (5/25/2019)
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Tasted from magnum.

    Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of leather, black berries and black pepper. Flavors of black raspberries and black berries. Medium acidity, resolved tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (91 points)

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  • 1990 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (5/25/2019)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind.

    Yellow to gold color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of ginger, apricot and wet stones. Flavors of lemon, yellow apples and minerals. Medium acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold. I’d lean towards drink. (93 points)

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  • 1995 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (5/25/2019)
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of barnyard and mixed berries. Flavors of red berries and raspberries. Medium acidity, resolved tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink now. Can be held if preferred. (91 points)

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