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Bodegas Primicia Rioja Reserva 2004

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Vintage: 2004
Type: Rioja Reserva
Country: Spain

A lovely Rioja from a great year. A lovely deep purple colour that one expects from a Tempranillo with hints of oak and full flavours of blackberry and a bit of cassis

Las Corazas Vino de la Tierra de Castilla 2008

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Vintage: 2008
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain – Castilla-La Mancha

This wine is a classic Spanish Tempranillo. The colour of the wine is dark red with no fading on the edges. On the nose there is vanilla. There are hints of oak on the pallet and a lot of blackcurrant and red berries.

Overall this wine is easy to drink and quite inexpensive. Good value for money.

Campo Azafran Vino de la Tierra de Castilla 2008

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Vintage: 2008
Type: Rioja – Tempranillo/Shiraz Blend
Country: Spain

Overall this is a decent tempranillo that tastes OK once it has been given a bit of air.  Typical hints of oak and red berries, but overall nothing too special.  Not bad value-for-money.

Baron de Ley Rioja Club Privado 2006

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain – Rioja

Great notes of berries on the nose with a touch of caramel and vanilla. Refreshing flavours of oak and spice with lots of fruit on the palette. Very good value for money and worth a try.

Bodegas Luis Carides Vino de Mesa Tinto Posada del Rey NV

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain

Decent red from Spain. Light on the tongue with nice flavours of berries. Doesn’t have the complexity of a proper Rioja, but a nice bottle that is quite decent value for money.

Los Pecadillos Campo de Borja Pereza – Sloth Old Vine Garnacha 2008

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Rose – Old Vine Garnacha
Country: Spain

This was an easy-drinking Rose that my husband picked up on a colleague’s recommendation.

The nose is full of aromas of strawberry and other berry fruits. I think I paired this with an oriental stir fried vegetables and seared salmon fillets. A good companion to a summer evening meal.

Baron De Ley Rioja 2008

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Rioja – White
Country: Spain

This wine was presented to us as a gift and we had high expectations of this Baron de Ley sibling. You might be fooled to think that the flavour might be washed out due to its severely pale colour. Think again! This wine is well-structured and has a fresh after-taste. This would go well with a summer salad or a mildly spiced oriental stir fry.

Valleymayor Rioja Gran Reserva 1995

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Vintage: 1995
Type: Rioja – Gran Reserva
Country: Spain

In spite of its age, this Rioja is still quite complex and youthful. Everything that you would expect from a Gran Reserva, though I am still partial to some others that I have tried. Full of smooth velvety berries and a great finish.

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Errazuriz Merlot

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Merlot
Country: Spain

This Merlot was disappointing. Normally Errazuriz is an excellent vineyard, but I found this wine lacking flavour and a little flat.

Baron De Ley Finca Monasterio 2007

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain

What can I say, revisiting this wine with a new vintage was a pleasure. Still strong aromas of berry and oak on the nose and excellent finish on the palette. Highly recommended, again.