Burgo Viejo Tinto Rioja 2012

Rioja seems to be a thing for me at the moment. ¬†Few miss the mark in terms of quality and they seem leanly priced. ¬†This wine from Burgo Viejo is a blend of 85% tempranillo 10% garnacha and 5% mazuelo. ¬†It has aromatics of blueberry, earth and juicy blackberries. ¬†These aromatics carry through to theContinue reading “Burgo Viejo Tinto Rioja 2012”

Bodegas Latente Crianza Rioja 2010

This is yet another excellent import from Ce Soir Wines. ¬†A blend of tempranillo (80%), graciano (10%) and mazuelo (10%) from Bodegas Latente in Rioja, it has complex aromatics that remind of plum jam, blackberry, old leather, anise and game meats. ¬†The palate is in balance, with savoury flavours reminding of old leather, plum, gameContinue reading “Bodegas Latente Crianza Rioja 2010”

Radio Boka Tempranillo 2012

I don’t taste a lot of attractive wines below the $15 mark. ¬†And regrettably the ones I do taste sometimes can be unbalanced, dull or feel “manufactured”. ¬†This tempranillo from the Valencia DO, which is situated inland from the Mediterannean coast from Spain’s third largest city Valencia, eschews such categorisation and is in fact quiteContinue reading “Radio Boka Tempranillo 2012”

Noster Criança Priorat 2008

This is a very enjoyable wine indeed. ¬†For those less familiar with its region of origin, namely Priorat, it is a sparsely populated region in the hills behind Tarragona, which itself is along the Spanish Mediterranean coast south of Barcelona. ¬†Plantings typically range from 70 to 700 metres above sea level. ¬†This wine from NosterContinue reading “Noster Crian√ßa Priorat 2008”

Berberana Carta de Oro Reserva Rioja 2007

I don’t know what’s going on with this label that makes it so cheap, and I checked and re-checked the wine pondering this thought, but this would have to be one of the better $11 wines that I have tasted. ¬†It’s a medium intensity ruby in colour in the glass and opens to developing aromaticsContinue reading “Berberana Carta de Oro Reserva Rioja 2007”

Bodegas Callejo Flores de Callejo Ribera del Duero 2010

100% tempranillo, Bodega Callejo’s Flores de Callejo is an entry level Ribera del Duero offering. ¬†It presents as a sort of warmer climate version of a Rioja red. ¬†The wine is a bright purple with medium to deep intensity of expression in the glass and opens to aromatics of cedar, blackberry and anise. ¬†Some quiteContinue reading “Bodegas Callejo Flores de Callejo Ribera del Duero 2010”