I think I enjoyed this more than my previous bottles. It is a really fresh and fruity Rioja, with not too much oak and probably not as rich as the other Rioja I have drunk. Still undoubtedly great QPR. I will be drinking the rest of my bottles over the next one or two years.
Drank over 2 evenings. Decanted first few glasses. Somewhat tight, closed, austere and boring initially but did eventually open up nicely to reveal dark fruits, leather and some earth, especially on the 2nd evening.
Talk about not judging a book by its cover. I expected not a lot but this was pretty polished, nice lift, with a kind of salty, licorice and tobacco set of notes. This has a lot going on, some depth and refinement. Better on the 2nd day; more of everything.
Drinks above the $11 price point, but isn't exactly a revelation. I would buy this again to have with a meal, though.
Color is burgundy with a brown tinge on the edges. Nose features blueberry, apple, baking spice, cedar, and peppery greens. Palate is a little bit watery, but the flavor profile and body are both pleasant and a little on the mature side. Toasted vanilla, savory spices, oak, and greens come through on the palate. Finish is a good length and remains spicy with hints of berry.
This is a good-to-very good wine, but the weak body keeps it from being better than that. 85/100
OK I guess for a $13.99 Rioja Reserva. I just expect great things out of Rioja, but this was simply good. Second night it was on its way to spoiling, so DRINK NOW! Varietally correct, but not the depth and the delicious mustiness you get from the best Riojas.
Smooth, red fruit with vanilla tones in both mouth and nose. Drank over two nights and it changed little night on night. Moderate length, but not much depth. Immediately pleasant but does not develop much.
Popped and poured, and drank over the next couple nights. Aroma had black raspberry and plum, along with some hints of earthiness and vanilla. Taste is very juicy and fruit forward, but has some oak to it as well. The mid-palate has some tannins that are moderate. This doesn't blow me away, but is enjoyable and could be a crowd pleaser at a gathering.
Still good, but starting to collapse a bit more quickly on the finish and is losing structure. I still think this will drink well through the end of the year and the quality for price is excellent. Still a go-to party wine, as it is interesting yet accessible.
Deep garnet color nearly translucent and medium clarity. Smells are cherry, raspberries, tobacco, vanilla, cedar, and roasted meats. The tastes are cherry, vanilla, herbal spices, woody notes, tobacco, and dark chocolate. This wine seems medium bodied and lithe with fine but course tannins. The acidity is savory and the finish is nice.
The wine looks Garnet colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Black Cherry, Rose, and Blueberry. It tastes like Leather, Blackberry, and Raspberry with a bit of spice. The body is Light/Medium. The wine has Round texture. The wine finishes Medium.
Seems like there is some variation from bottle to bottle. I've had this one about 6 times now. The first two were excellent. Next two blah and the last two somewhere in the middle. And it doesn't have anything to do with the age (storage perhaps?!). Most recent one was quite interesting. At first not much nose and woodsy smell as well as taste. Surprisingly tannic as well. After good 30 minutes it suddenly opened up to cedar, anise/cardomom, slight vanilla notes on the nose and good cherry/blackberry fruit. Stll, definitely worth 10 bucks!
Lots of American oak on the nose, with a bit of spice coming through with time. Typical Tempranillo fruit, but not much in the way of tannins, making this fairly "gulpable." Strong anise/licorice flavors also predominate, giving the glass an almost cocktail-like feel, which might be off-putting to some but goes well with strongly flavored foods.
Rich ruby-brick color, medium density. Woodsy oak nose with rosemary-eucalyptus-cardamom. Taste-wise, I agree with much of what's already been said. The wood profile is aggressive and overbearing in this one, like licking an oak stump. Plenty of tart blackberry bite. Nice backbone and spice throughout. Medium cream-mint finish.
Well, the oak was obvious. It was sort of like drinking a 2x4, with blackberry sauce. But even so, the acidity and fruit seemed to complement the oak rather than take the smack sitting down. I liked it, and anyone who likes the taste of oaky red wine would enjoy this, I think. In my case, I prefer this to 99% of the oaked red CA or WA wines in the same price range ($15), probably because the alcohol was not obtrusive and the acid was high enough to actually drink along with food.
Aromas of cedar, earth and black cherry. Nice weight and acidity throughout the palate. Well balanced with black cherry, leather and earth flavors. Some polish to the tannins, medium finish. Solid wine and solid QPR
The good news is that this is very cheap and delivers Rioja Reserva typicity. The bad news is that this is Rioja Reserva. I simply do not get the attraction of wine that is so intrinsically wood influenced. Has no appeal at all for me.
A classic European red. When uncorked the berry smells were very nice, the first taste set the mouth to enjoy a not so fruity but flavorful wine that finished nicely. It went great with the London Broil I had grilled for dinner.
Good easy wine. I'm not too sure how much longer it will hold. Good notes on the nose, earthy. Cherry was the first taste and had a little bit of smokiness to it, not very complex. Very drinkable, light and easy.
Prominent black pepper scented ripe fruit and vanilla. Rounded ripe red cherry, abundant sweet oak, licorice and wild. Drying tannins, punches above its weight. If you love big oak, this may appeal to you.
Looks like a lot of people picked this up at Costco. At the price, a great deal. Earthy nose with sour cherries. On palate acidity holds its own; some good life left in it but I can't see where the 2011 ratings came from.
Enjoyable, worth buying one or two more bottles but not a great or memorable offering
This is a moderately complex and impressive wine for $10 at CostCo, excellent QPR! Good balance with some earthy notes, and little wood and spice. Moderate tannins and not overly-ripe fruit and spice on the palate with a medium finish. Balanced acidity rounds it out, thoroughly enjoyed this with Neapolitan Pizza, glad I bought a case!
Tart cherry, earthiness, moderate tannin, and good acidity. A slight burn on the finish which is surprising given that it is only 13.5% alcohol. That all being said, not very complex but no complaints at the price point.
Great value wine, and actually has enough substance to warrant a bit of cellaring. Firm tannins provide a bit of structure, and these are not fully resolved yet. Excellent fruit and acidity here, it will be interesting to see where this goes.
A solid everyday wine. Not sure about other vintages, but 2007 is very well balanced. It's tempranillo based, but makes me think of a fine pinot noir. It paired perfectly with Chinese seafood sause sautéed vegetables.
Last but not the least, we bought it in Costco and it was such a great deal!!!
Not decanted, consumed over 1 hour. Similar to my note from 3/14/2013, with forward acids up front masking the dark-but-fresh fruit before calming with time in the glass. Some wood and spice as well. Good density. No great depth, elegance, or complexity, perhaps, but a very good food wine for the price, especially given some air.
Straight up classic Rioja - warm dill, vanilla, red fruits on the nose. Supple texture, red plums, cherries, cassis, nutmeg and cinnamon on finish. Amazing value - under $10 at Costco. Real wine. Not great, but excellent.
This is a very good Rioja. Nose of dark berries - little on the sweeter side. Taste is complex, little bit of the dark fruit and well integrated oak tannins. Very smooth, better on its own than as a cheese accompaniment, which overpowered the almost delicate tasting wine.
Pleasant with dinner. Oak, tobacco, cherry licorice, orange peel. In detail, there is something not quite satisfying about this wine. It tastes too much like an oak barrel, as if they were trying to mask the flavor of mediocre grapes.
There is not a lot of complexity in this wine, but then what do you expect for 10 bucks. For the QPR I would buy again without hesitation. A solid everyday wine, especially if you want to add a little to your sauce and then have something descent to drink.
EYE: clear dark ruby with a hint of dusky rose at the rim. NOSE: oak up front backed by red cherry w/hint of jam. PALATE: bright red cherry up front that fades into a bit of spice. ~5s finish, medium-high tannin hangs a good bit longer. OVERALL: at $10 is a nice Rioja, curious if the tannin might lay down with a bit more time. But you won't feel guilty if you can't resist opening another at this QPR.
Not decanted, consumed over 2 1/2 hours. Right out of the bottle, there was an acidic edge which caused me a little concern, but after sitting in the glass for 20 minutes, this was drinking as I hoped it would. Similar to my 12/15/2012 note, with maybe just a little more heft and a touch more wood showing, if I'm remembering that bottle accurately. Still a great regular drinker for $10 at Costco.
Ruby color with moderately aromatic spiced leather, red fruit, and a hint of tobacco aromas On the palate, it's between light and medium bodied, and elegant with layers of cherry, spice, mocha, clove flavors nicely balanced with supple tannins, and good acidity. Long finish. Drank two bottles on consecutive nights. The first bottle I didn't decant, and it didn't show as well. The second bottle was decanted for 30 minutes and was consumed over the course of a couple of hours. The decant helped immensely!
This is the second time I had the opportunity to drink a bottle. In summary very enjoyable and a good everyday Tempranillo. Wine shows good color. The attack on the pallet is fruity and acidic having crisp cherry notes. Cherry notes give way to spice and leather. wine finishes with nicely smooth tannins that linger a while on the pallet. Wine is not too light or heavy. Great overall value..
Pop n pour. Three bottles tasted at various times. For $10 at Costco, this is a decent find. There is obvious oak influence but it's not too intrusive, and the wine itself is not made in the over ripe, plush, smooth style that many CA cabs follow. Perfectly fine tempranillo for daily drinking and for guests who aren't necessarily wine geeks. Try it.
As good a wine as you can find for $10. A light style, but has good structure and complexity with cherry, leather and wood, a little mocha. A little heat but not overpowering. Short finish. Gets even better after a couple hours.
Picked out the 2007 Reserva after trying the 2008 Crianza which I liked. Tastes almost exactly the same, but a bit better. Day 1 notes: Nice nose starting with wood then sweet cherry. Warm fruit compote, wood and earth on the palate, a dancing balance that builds and plays for quite a while. On a light tempranillo frame, this is about finesse and complexity rather than power. Pinot-like. Very well done!
Not decanted, but a little poured off early, mostly consumed ~6 hours after opening. Airtime helped this open up and gain elegance. Flavorful but not too heavy, with dusty cherry notes and a little bit of spicy wood. Tart acids and a subtle tannic presence, but enough that I'd have no problem giving this some time to integrate a little and see if it gets even better. 87-88 with room to improve, and I like this a lot at $10.
Delightful, full, spicy rioja. Aroma of dried herbs, leather, fennel, and a touch of mint. The first sips reveal a well-balanced structure with supple tanins, just enough acidity and a hint of mocha and leather on the finish. It's a good value for the price I paid ($15), but not quite mind-blowing.
Dark cherry color; aroma seems pleasantly "plummy" to me; Significantly more pleasing 2nd day and paired well with chicken lentil stew. Slight sweetness which gives way to dark fruit, mild oak and spice flavors. Light to medium mouth feel. Short finish. Surprisingly pleasant wine, which improves significantly after opening. Would not hesitate to purchase again.
Am amazed at the price of this - such a great value. Not a lot of concentration here, almost a sweetness to the wine, but enough dark fruit and backbone to balance things out. The main thing missing is weight and concentration but the flavor profile is really quite nice.
Nice, easy drinking Spanish red. While I don't normally let a mid-week wine sit and open for too long, I just happened to have the decanter already on the counter. So I poured it in. I did not taste pre-decanting but this wine definitely grew a little smoother as we drank more. We'll probably pick up several more to have on hand as a late-evening bottle or mid-week dinner.
Outstanding value for the price paid. Color is dark, nose is pretty. Solid complexity, tobacco, smoke, cedar and well-worn leather. Nice spicy finish with notes of espresso. Will hold together for another year or two. Nothing not to like.
Lots of oak, red fruits and tarry/coffee finish. Relatively easy drinking and still young but feels a little too manipulated/over-extracted to me. Smooths out after a day or two in an open (vacuumed) bottle. 86-87
First bottle didn't quite hit the mark but this one certainly did. Pre moving to the US Rioja was our staple sip but since discovering the world of Zin it has become a runner up. Highly recommended Reserva indeed !
WSET Intermediate Course (San Francisco): clear medium garnet; clean, medium intensity, oak forefront, fruit in background, vanilla, spices; dry, high acid, medium tannin, medium body, lots of red fruit, vanilla, drying tannins from the oak, medium-length finish; very good. 85
Pop and pour. Deep red, clear color. Nose of herbs, earth and berries. First taste is mouthfilling with ground black pepper coming to the front, followed by earth and bramble fruit. Medium length. Not likely to change much with further aging. A pleasant surprise.