Rioja v. Barolo

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tasted July 17, 2014 by cabber with 434 views

Introduction

Thursday "school-night" wine tasting. Eleven bottles tasted single blind. Most decanted less than 1 hour.

Flight 1 (11 notes)

Red
1970 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
97 points
Complex, cherries, tar. Elegant with power. Just great. This was our WOTN.
Red
1955 Bodegas Bilbainas Rioja Viña Pomal Reserva Especial Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
93 points
nice. mature, mushroom, Bordeaux like. still good fruit. amazing at 50+ years.
Red
2005 Fernando Remírez de Ganuza Rioja Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alavesa, Rioja
92 points
Big, powerful. a baby still.
Red
2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
92 points
Nice. Classic rioja.
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Red
2009 Bodegas Muga Rioja Selección Especial Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
91 points
Nice. Young, fruit-forward. Modern spanish style.
Red
1981 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Ygay Reserva Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
flawed
Funky nose. Very acidic. Some people thought it was ok, but I think there was an oxidation issue. Cork was well-soaked.
Red
1998 Gaja Langhe Nebbiolo Conteisa Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC
93 points
Nice, silky. great balance and finish. drinking well now.
Red
2000 Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
93 points
Strong , powerful. still coming into balance? long finish.
Red
1998 Fratelli Seghesio Barolo Vigneto la Villa Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
91 points
Balanced, nice acidity. silky
Red
2001 Conterno Fantino Barolo Parussi Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
91 points
Nice balance. A bit tannic still.
Red
1997 Boroli Barolo Villero Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
91 points
Nice and in its prime.

Closing

The Barolos were excellent, but the Riojas owned the night. We were most impressed with the older Riojas.

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