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94 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The first white I tasted was the 2008 Viña Gravonia Blanco, a true bargain traditional oak-aged Rioja from very old Viura vines (90 years old!) on gravel soils. 2008 was a healthy vintage, which resulted in a slightly smaller crop than 2007, and the white… ...
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Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Gravonia Crianza Blanco 2008  (#332907)

Other White Wines from Rioja, Spain

[ 94 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The first white I tasted was the 2008 Viña Gravonia Blanco, a true bargain traditional oak-aged Rioja from very old Viura vines (90 years old!) on gravel soils. 2008 was a healthy vintage, which resulted in a slightly smaller crop than 2007, and the white grapes were picked starting on October 9th. They have never added yeasts to their wines, and this fermented in centenary oak vats and matured in used barriques for four years. It was bottled unfiltered. It has the right balance between youth and freshness and the more-developed aromas. The notes of dried flowers, honey, nuts and petrol are intermixed with aromas of quince, medlar and other yellow fruit, with hints of saffron and spices, quite developed. The palate is very tasty, and it ends with a salty finish. This is a cool vintage, where the wines show very good freshness. They do their blends to achieve a homogeneous style that shows the fresh and mineral character of the Gravonia vineyard. Year in, year out, this is one of the greatest bargains in Rioja and Spain. They produced some 17,800 bottles, which were filled in November 2013. (Feb 2018) ] 94 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The first white I tasted was the 2008 Viña Gravonia Blanco, a true bargain traditional oak-aged Rioja from very old Viura vines (90 years old!) on gravel soils. 2008 was a healthy vintage, which resulted in a…

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93 points and 'Highly Recommended,' Wine Spectator: Plum, blood orange, black olive, toast and mineral notes mingle in this tight, bright red. Juicy acidity keeps this lively, while firm tannins impart focus. Graceful, with good intensity. Drink now through 2025. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.… ...
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Palacio del Burgo Rioja Reserva 2010  (#325831)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 93 points and 'Highly Recommended,' Wine Spectator: Plum, blood orange, black olive, toast and mineral notes mingle in this tight, bright red. Juicy acidity keeps this lively, while firm tannins impart focus. Graceful, with good intensity. Drink now through 2025. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 3,000 cases made. (12/15/15) ] 93 points and 'Highly Recommended,' Wine Spectator: Plum, blood orange, black olive, toast and mineral notes mingle in this tight, bright red. Juicy acidity keeps this lively, while firm tannins impart focus. Graceful, with good intensity. Drink now…

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98 points and 'Top 100 Wines of 2017 (#10),' James Suckling: This is very Asian with black tea, mushroom and bark aromas, and ripe fruit undertones. Full body, round and polished. Edgy structure with blackberry, mushroom skin and cedar. Fantastic finish. Just a baby. Stock up for the cellar. Better… ...
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Contino (Cune) Rioja Gran Reserva 2010  (#701843)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 98 points and 'Top 100 Wines of 2017 (#10),' James Suckling: This is very Asian with black tea, mushroom and bark aromas, and ripe fruit undertones. Full body, round and polished. Edgy structure with blackberry, mushroom skin and cedar. Fantastic finish. Just a baby. Stock up for the cellar. Better in 2020 but already excellent. (1/18/18) ] 98 points and 'Top 100 Wines of 2017 (#10),' James Suckling: This is very Asian with black tea, mushroom and bark aromas, and ripe fruit undertones. Full body, round and polished. Edgy structure with blackberry, mushroom skin and cedar. Fantastic…

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95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The 2005 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva is a fine and elegant wine inspired by the vineyards of Graves in Bordeaux. 2005 was an excellent vintage, when 154 hectares of vineyards from the 170 they own were in production. The grapes were picked before the rains… ...
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Lopez de Heredia Rioja Blanco Vina Tondonia Reserva 2005  (#332906)

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[ 95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The 2005 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva is a fine and elegant wine inspired by the vineyards of Graves in Bordeaux. 2005 was an excellent vintage, when 154 hectares of vineyards from the 170 they own were in production. The grapes were picked before the rains of October 12th. This is mostly Viura (Macabeo), but it always contains some 10% Malvasía Riojana, and the white varieties are always planted on whiter, limestone-rich soils. It matured in used oak barriques for six years before bottling. María José and Mercedes López de Heredia told me their Viura, with the low yields they get (often 2,000 kilograms per hectare), shows less of the vintage differences, and even in torrid years like 2003, the wines do not show heat. It's very interesting comparing this with the Gravonia from 2008, as this showed higher ripeness and a lot more developed aromas, nuttier with hints of hay and straw, honey and also chamomile and dried flowers. But the oak is never obvious in the wine, it only adds spiciness but no wood aromas. 2005 was also a warmer, riper and more powerful vintage, which shows more in the palate, which is round and powerful with pungent flavors. 20,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2013 over two consecutive days. Drink: 2018-2030. (Feb 2018) ] 95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The 2005 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva is a fine and elegant wine inspired by the vineyards of Graves in Bordeaux. 2005 was an excellent vintage, when 154 hectares of vineyards from the 170 they own were in…

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96 points James Suckling: A staggering range of aromas, from dried mango and papaya through toasted nuts to dried flowers. Powerful and concentrated, but not at all fat, this has a stunning texture, due to the interplay of tannins and richness. Very long, intense finish. Drink or hold. (8/2/18) ...
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Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2005  (#701718)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 96 points James Suckling: A staggering range of aromas, from dried mango and papaya through toasted nuts to dried flowers. Powerful and concentrated, but not at all fat, this has a stunning texture, due to the interplay of tannins and richness. Very long, intense finish. Drink or hold. (8/2/18) ] 96 points James Suckling: A staggering range of aromas, from dried mango and papaya through toasted nuts to dried flowers. Powerful and concentrated, but not at all fat, this has a stunning texture, due to the interplay of tannins and richness. Very…

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94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The deep and complex bouquet wafts from the glass in a riper mix of red and black cherries, spices meats, a fine base of soil, smoke, toasted coconut, allspice, clove and a delicate topnote of cigar wrapper... full-bodied, focused and velvety on the… ...
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Senorio de P. Pecina Rioja Gran Reserva 2009  (#701212)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The deep and complex bouquet wafts from the glass in a riper mix of red and black cherries, spices meats, a fine base of soil, smoke, toasted coconut, allspice, clove and a delicate topnote of cigar wrapper... full-bodied, focused and velvety on the attack, with a lovely core, great focus and grip, modest, seamless tannins and a long, tangy and perfectly balanced finish of excellent complexity and grip... old school Rioja of the highest order... 2018-2045+. (May/Jun 2018) ] 94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The deep and complex bouquet wafts from the glass in a riper mix of red and black cherries, spices meats, a fine base of soil, smoke, toasted coconut, allspice, clove and a delicate topnote of cigar…

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98 points James Suckling: This has a fantastic finish with so much going on. Unique aromas of dark fruit with shell and hot-stone undertones. Full-bodied, yet poised and focused with firm and silky tannins and a long and beautiful finish. This is one of the best ever from here. Drink or hold. (8/2… ...
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Roda Rioja Roda I Reserva 2005  (#701815)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 98 points James Suckling: This has a fantastic finish with so much going on. Unique aromas of dark fruit with shell and hot-stone undertones. Full-bodied, yet poised and focused with firm and silky tannins and a long and beautiful finish. This is one of the best ever from here. Drink or hold. (8/2/18) ] 98 points James Suckling: This has a fantastic finish with so much going on. Unique aromas of dark fruit with shell and hot-stone undertones. Full-bodied, yet poised and focused with firm and silky tannins and a long and beautiful finish. This is one…

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97 points Decanter: An intense nose with a whiff of leather, mushroom, vanilla oak and damp earth. It's a fascinating palate, with juicy red fruit, fresh acidity and a spicy finish that gives real pleasure. Sinewy tannins resolve themselves on the finish in an enjoyable, juicy flourish. (2018) ...
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Cune Rioja Vina Real Gran Reserva 2011  (#701849)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 97 points Decanter: An intense nose with a whiff of leather, mushroom, vanilla oak and damp earth. It's a fascinating palate, with juicy red fruit, fresh acidity and a spicy finish that gives real pleasure. Sinewy tannins resolve themselves on the finish in an enjoyable, juicy flourish. (2018) ] 97 points Decanter: An intense nose with a whiff of leather, mushroom, vanilla oak and damp earth. It's a fascinating palate, with juicy red fruit, fresh acidity and a spicy finish that gives real pleasure. Sinewy tannins resolve themselves on the…

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94 points James Suckling: A very powerful CUNE with so much blackberry, fresh mushroom and floral character. Big and tannic yet so polished at the same time. Even structure. It shows wonderful potential for ageing. Better in 2020. (7/24/17) ...
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Cune Rioja Gran Reserva 2011  (#331898)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 94 points James Suckling: A very powerful CUNE with so much blackberry, fresh mushroom and floral character. Big and tannic yet so polished at the same time. Even structure. It shows wonderful potential for ageing. Better in 2020. (7/24/17) ] 94 points James Suckling: A very powerful CUNE with so much blackberry, fresh mushroom and floral character. Big and tannic yet so polished at the same time. Even structure. It shows wonderful potential for ageing. Better in 2020. (7/24/17)

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92 points Wine Spectator: This red has density yet remains fresh and lively. Black cherry, licorice, cigar box and spice flavors mingle over light, firm tannins, fueled by balsamic and orange peel acidity that leaves a juicy, spicy finish. Graceful. Drink now through 2024. (12/15/17) ...
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Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2009  (#702001)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 92 points Wine Spectator: This red has density yet remains fresh and lively. Black cherry, licorice, cigar box and spice flavors mingle over light, firm tannins, fueled by balsamic and orange peel acidity that leaves a juicy, spicy finish. Graceful. Drink now through 2024. (12/15/17) ] 92 points Wine Spectator: This red has density yet remains fresh and lively. Black cherry, licorice, cigar box and spice flavors mingle over light, firm tannins, fueled by balsamic and orange peel acidity that leaves a juicy, spicy finish. Graceful.…

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91+ points Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate): ...blend of Tempranillo with 20% Graciano... very different to the 2010 and 2011, with much more freshness, clearly reflecting the conditions of the vintage; it has red rather than black fruit, and is obviously young with some lactic aromas that need a… ...
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Mas Que Vinos Rioja La Buena Vid 2013  (#327904)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 91+ points Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate): ...blend of Tempranillo with 20% Graciano... very different to the 2010 and 2011, with much more freshness, clearly reflecting the conditions of the vintage; it has red rather than black fruit, and is obviously young with some lactic aromas that need a little more integration. The wine has a very fresh palate that combines the natural acidity of the Graciano with the character of the fresher growing season. This is very expressive and drinkable, really pleasant... (Aug 2016) ] 91+ points Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate): ...blend of Tempranillo with 20% Graciano... very different to the 2010 and 2011, with much more freshness, clearly reflecting the conditions of the vintage; it has red rather than black fruit, and is…

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94+ points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...Tempranillo with 3% Garnacha and 2% Graciano, sourced from 50-year-old... single-vineyard... This feels very harmonious, combining some primary notes with more-developed tertiary aromas. The palate also reveals a rare mix of power and elegance that only… ...
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Hermanos Pecina Rioja Gran Reserva Finca Iscorta de Pecina 2010  (#702010)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 94+ points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...Tempranillo with 3% Garnacha and 2% Graciano, sourced from 50-year-old... single-vineyard... This feels very harmonious, combining some primary notes with more-developed tertiary aromas. The palate also reveals a rare mix of power and elegance that only the very best vintages are capable of. It has polished tannins, good volume, freshness and length. Drink or hold, there should be no rush. Drink: 2018-2030. (Feb 2018) ] 94+ points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...Tempranillo with 3% Garnacha and 2% Graciano, sourced from 50-year-old... single-vineyard... This feels very harmonious, combining some primary notes with more-developed tertiary aromas. The palate also…

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