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

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#403

la rioja alta vina arana reserva 2006 score 8/10
thanks for arranging this it was a very enjoyable time
reference to Morris Minor seats brought back happy memories of my wife’s first car, known as the Holy Cow because the previous owner was a vicar. Lovely red leather seats, propped up by a block of wood so that she could see over the dashboard


#404

Baron de Lay Crianza 2015. Conclusion: too sugar fruity. 6/10


#405

Don’t worry, it does that to all of us @freddy :sweat_smile:


#406

I was not a friend of Rioja before and I am still not one now… I think it is a 5… nothing wrong with the wine, just too much old school Rioja for my taste.

La Rioja Alta Seleccion 874 Reserva Rioja 2013

… but the company has been great and that matters at least as much.


#407

Imperio Valdepenas Gran Reserva 2010
Score 8.5 out of 10 is fair - it’s mature, kind, full of fruit and would be great with lighter foods. We’re not blown away but we bought six bottles - this is the first


#408

A Brad Pit fan ! Pity what happened to Mr Spacey !


#409

Bodegas Hermosilla Crianza 2010. Consensus is 8/10 with a bit of crunchy Red Leicester. Thank you so much to everyone, so much fun tonight!


#410

Exhibition Gran Reserva 2001

I did love it… I’m just not blown away like I am by other reds - I’m going for 8/10


#411

Vina Ardanza Reserva 2010 Seleccion Especial:-

Somebody has opened a can of worms here about this mint aero. I can get the mint/chocolate combo, but my other half is adamant - she’s getting Sarsaparilla!

It’s certainly starting to open up now, much broader on the palate and the acid seems to have woken up. However, I lament that it appears not to have a great deal of apparent oak (I like this aspect of Rioja, particularly as it ages).

Definitely one for the cellar, I think it’ll really start waking up in about 5 years.


#412

I think we may have to do a virtual bubble tasting before the sky falls on our heads…


#413

Not as good to look at :sweat_smile:


#414

After Eights seem to be the only chocolates in our village shop


#415

It’s been a total pleasure having you with us all! :smiley:


#416

Based on flavour (and slightly biased by Vivino 3.5/5) 6/10
Based on bare tasting (and not knowing whether it was a gift or came as a case selection or how long i have stored it) 8/10 - I don’t rate Riojas highly usually as they tend to ride on their reputation rather than their quality.


#417

I’ll go 7.5 for the 2015 Muga Reserva. It’s got room to grow into an 8.5 when it grows up!


#418

Now THERE’s an idea. Who doesn’t love a bit of mid-week fizz!?


#419

2004 Ontanon Reserva (Tempranillo/Graciano)

This wine is ordinary. Which is why I opened it midweek. That’s not a putdown BTW - what are you expecting for a fiver? By all of which I mean that this is what it says on the label. No weirdness or “tastes like a burgundy” about it. And it has matured gracefully. There are no concentrated individual flavours here, but more of a harmonious whole.

I have to say this wine is showing better on its own than it did earlier with food.

The oak/wine balance is where it should be. Acidity is poised at the right level too. Thumbs up for a VFM wine. I guess that as compared with the Society’s benchmarks, it’s a bit like an aged version of the Society crianza, transmuted into a reserva IYSWIM. A decent midweek drop. Last bottle of a case.


#420

Vina Arana 2012 8/10

Very good. I would say if definitely will get better in the next 2-5 years. As it stands it is lovely, and is a full 3 course meal of a wine even if it is maybe a bit young. I think it could be 8.5/9 in the future.


#421

Thank you for joining! You’re right, it’s been excellent fun!


#422

NOW! We’re talking !!