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LIVE FROM 8PM: #TWSTaste Rioja 'Vertical' virtual tasting, 26th March 8-9pm

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#383

Artadi Grandes Anadas 1998 Coravin
Medium red. No bricking. Integrated tannins.
Vanilla, liquorice, still decent fruit. V long, but did not time. Preferred to Dominio '11 with the chilli.
However this tasting just confirms my preference for left bank Bordeaux


#384

:joy:


#385

Cune GR 2010
A generous 6/10


#386

Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2004

At 16 years old this doesn’t feel in the least bit tired. Got a good few years on it yet. Shame I haven’t got any more.

I don’t have any Spanish cheese right now just a selection of French alpine cheeses but the Rioja (or the Frecnh cheese) doesn’t seem to be the least bit racist and each is loving the other!


#387

Vina Alarda Gran Reserva 2011 7/10


#388

Response to rhetorical question. Has acidity and tannins with 13.5% alcohol, so I guess so. But, practically, other wines - eg Bandol, Cahors - would edge the space.


#389

El Piadoso 2008 Gran Reserva. 7/10


#390

Mrs CC: Campo Viejo Gran Reserva 2012. 8/10 from us.


#391

Ramón Bilbao High Altitude,
I’ll let you guess my number with this:


#392

Managed to find a sliver of Manchego in the fridge… All three have high acidity, which is typical, I believe, but the tannins are smooth and integrated. All three wines seem to have plenty of life left in them and the Muga especially was very restrained; glad I only too a small glass of each. Obviously, the Urbina is the most delicious and I wish I had more like @JayKay

It will be interesting to see how time and oxygen changes the taste…


#393

Exhibition Gran Reserva 2001:

10/10

Yeah I went there.


#394

Vina Cala - Coop

6/10

Very easy drinking and fruity but no complexity and lacks any oak or depth. Light tannins and does not linger long.


#395

Lindes De Remelluri 2014 13.5% Alc. GBP 21/bottle
Mix of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano
Decanted 3.5 hours ago

Tasted this 1 hr after opening and was going to pull it from the tasting. Not now. Opening nicely with good fruit and acidity and very soft / smooth tannins. Very lightly oaked. I guess this is what is being referred to as a “modern” Rioja. 'Tis certainly not old school.

Fruit is light strawberry with touch of stone fruit. Nice concentration of fruit. The slightly higher acidity makes for a good match with many foods (me - leek, fennel, mushroom and chèvre quiche. Medium length.

Grown at a higher elevation (than most others) hence higher acidity and lower alcohol.

Question - is this the “modern” style and is this the future of Rioja?


#396

Cune Reserva 2015 solid 6/10 getting better as we drink it, bit more fruit, bit softer and less tannin as it opens


#397

Vina Majestica 2013 …8/10
Not sure what people are considering …for me quality and price!


#398

Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2004 9.5/10 (I never give a perfect 10 to anything)


#399

A tasting note that won’t be used but hilarious none the less


#400

Contino Rosado 2017 - a big 9!


#401

Contino Rosado 2017 - 9.5/10 - I can’t see how a rosé can be much better than this!


#402

2015 Muga Reserva - I’m going for a 6 at this stage but I think it’ll develop with a few more years