Rioja @ 28-50

Tasted March 24, 2014 by SimonG with 35 views

Flight 1 (2 notes)

White - Fortified
N.V. Equipo Navazos Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda La Bota de Manzanilla Pasada Nº 39 "Bota NO" Spain, Andalucía, Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda
94 points
Big, mineral and intense. Iodine and seaweed. Richer and fuller than the 40 now. ****1/2
White - Fortified
N.V. Equipo Navazos Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda La Bota de Manzanilla Pasada Nº 40 "Bota Punta" Spain, Andalucía, Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda
93 points
Slightly more mute / restrained on the nose cf the 39. A little fresher and more saline. Retains it's freshness and salinity cf the 39. A lovely wine, but on the day, the 39 has that little bit extra. ****

Flight 2 (1 note)

White
1981 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
flawed
Hugely advanced colour. Deep copper. Marmalade on the nose. Good attack, very drinkable but a shadow of what it should be. It's lost all it's mid-palate complexity and texture. If you didn't know the wine you'd probably be happy enough, but not what it should be. Mid (**)* at best.

Flight 3 (2 notes)

Red
1970 Bodegas Franco-Españolas Rioja Cosecha Especial Bordón Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
93 points
Slightly cloudy, mid to light garnet. Lovely sweet-fruited trad Rioja nose of orange peel, spice and Christmas fireside. A little thin and slightly astringent through the mid-palate initially, but this soon fills out nicely. Quietly persistent if not especially long. Lovely. ****
Red
1970 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
90 points
Pale, faded garnet. A little spicier than the Bordon, with higher acidity. Good red berry fruit. Long. A lot meatier when the dregs are poured. Showing well, but drink up time. ***1/2

Flight 4 (2 notes)

Red
1973 Bodegas Bilbainas Rioja Viña Pomal Crianza Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
90 points
Light and fragrant. Higher acidity than the Bordon. Nice and long, but quite prickly. ***1/2
Red
1975 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
94 points
Nicely mocha-coffee scented nose. A touch of orange, but altogether fresher and denser and more vigorous. Dense and rich and lovely. ****1/2

Flight 5 (3 notes)

Red
1987 Viña Salceda Rioja Conde de la Salceda Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alavesa, Rioja
flawed
Corked.
Red
1986 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
93 points
Deep ruby. Dense and tighter on the nose. Dark red fruit and a little more meat and iron. Lovely. ****
Red
1987 Bodegas Valdemar (Martinez Bujanda) Rioja Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
93 points
Far better than previous bottle of this. Rich and deep nose, a touch of vanilla. Fresh, subtle spice, fresh and long. Lovely. ****

Flight 6 (1 note)

Red
1973 Bodegas Bilbainas Rioja Viña Pomal Crianza Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
93 points
Second bottle. Far sweeter nose than previous bottle. Deeper, more harmonious. Dense sweet fruit, on a par with the Bordon. ****

Flight 7 (1 note)

White - Fortified
N.V. Equipo Navazos Jerez-Xérès-Sherry La Bota de Palo Cortado "Bota Punta" Nº 48 Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry
92 points
A little cloudy. Rally lovely slightly burnt caramel nose. Very rich and almost sweet - nose very similar to the cream. Some richness, but dry, slightly hot and a little spirity on the palate. Quite impressive, but for me the nose wins out. PC aficionados will be more enthusiastic. It is impressive though. ****