Avaniel Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2019

From Ribera del Duero, a Spanish region I have had only modest success with, this wine is an intense expression of tempranillo.  Recommended producers gratefully received. In the glass, the wine has a deep and saturated red colour.  Its aromas are savoury and leathery and not bretty, lest that be taken as a subtle inference. ... Continue Reading →

Vallado Douro Tinto 2017 Wine Review

This is a high quality Douro wine from Vallado in Portugal. It is a dry blend of the Port varieties of touriga nacional (25%), touriga franca (25%) and contributions from tinta roriz (tempranillo), tinta barroca and sousao. As with some (or is it many?) other Portuguese wines, it is easier to remember the region than... Continue Reading →

Pujanza Hado 2015 Wine Review

I taste a lot of wines these days that I don’t manage to write up. I am trying to correct this and get them out. This is very good Rioja from Bodegas Pujanza and the 2015 vintage. It will suit new world wine drinkers wanting fruit but coupled with a more old world tannic grip.... Continue Reading →

Remelluri Reserva Rioja 2012

This is a high quality Rioja Reserva from Remelluri. It opens to aromas of game, sweet red fruits and cedar. The palate is medium bodied with mid weight tannins. Its principal feature is its saturated red fruit character interlaced with chocolate. Long length on the finish confirms this to be a very good wine that... Continue Reading →

Telmo Rodriguez Dehesa Gago 2018

From the Toro region in Spain, this is a more full throttle expression of tempranillo, more akin to a Ribera del Duero or Valencia than a Rioja in terms of style.  Its aroma reminds of plum syrup and cooked blueberries.  The palate is dry and full bodied, with sweet ripe fruit, soft tannins and, distinguishing... Continue Reading →

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