Spanish Red wines

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Tasting notes
2012 Vina Real
Rioja Reserva

12
***

10/2018 This has a big body and typical Rioja fruit. This is a nice wine, very food-friendly. This tastes a bit rough without any food.
2014
Ondarre
Riserva Rioja

16
***

09/2018 This has a medium body and nice fruit. This is a nice wine, and very food-friendly. Does not taste like a typical Rioja.
2014
Cilar de Silos
Ribera del Duero

16
***

06/2018 This has a medium body and nice fruit. This is a very nice wine, and I have enjoyed six bottles so far. I drank this with several different meals, and it was very food-friendly. One of the better priced Ribera del Duero wines I have found.
2014
Breca
Garnacha

16
***

02/2018 This has a big body and nice fruit. This is a very high alcohol wine at 16.5%. In spite of that, this was very food-friendly.
2013
Tres Picos
Garnacha

16
***

12/2017 This has a medium body and nice fruit. This is a nice wine, that I have enjoyed in years past. I drank this with several different meals, and it was very food-friendly.
2010
Ardahl Riserva
Ribera del Duero

20
***

10/2017 This has a medium body and nice fruit. This is a very nice wine. I drank this with several different meals, and it was very food-friendly. One of the better priced Ribera del Duero wines I have found.
2014 Juan Gil
Jumilla

13
*

04/2017 medium body and little fruit. This wine tasted a bit acidic and unbalance when I first opened it. A day later, it seems heavy, and definitely lacking in fruit. I was disappointed in this wine, but that explains the LOW price! Not recommended
2014 Pruno
Ribera del Duero

20
***

02/2017 This has a medium body and nice fruit. This is a very nice wine. I drank this with several different meals, and it was very food-friendly. One of the better priced Ribera del Duero wines I have found.
2010 Marques de Murietta Reserva

20
***

08/2016 This has a medium body, nice fruit, and a nice touch of oak. This is a very nice wine. I drank this with several different meals, and it was very food-friendly.
2001 Senorio del Aguila
Gran Reserva

12
**

02/2015 This has a medium body and good fruit. This is a nice wine, very food-friendly. I had several bottles of this from Costco in 2014, and the last one was the best. Definitely had some bottle variation, which explains the price!
2009 Bodega Los Aljibes
Viņa Aljibes Tinto

12
*

02/2015 This has a medium body and little fruit. It seems a bit dried out and tired. Not recommended - and Parker (Jay Miller) rated this 90 points.
2010 Vina Real
Rioja Crianza

12
**

01/2015 This has a medium body and typical Rioja fruit. This is a nice wine, very food-friendly. We tasted this against the Cune, and the Vina Real was slightly better.
2010 Cune
Rioja Crianza

12
**

01/2015 This has a medium body and typical Rioja fruit. This is a nice wine, very food-friendly. We tasted this against the Vina Real, which was was slightly better.
2008 Pieza El Coll

10
*

09/2014 This has a medium body and little fruit. It seems a bit dried out and tired. It seemed just OK the first day I had it, but after a day or two I really did NOT like it.
I drank this against the La Tribu, and it was NO contest - the La Tribu was like drinking a nice Bordeaux after this wine!! Not recommended - and Parker (Jay Miller) rated this 90 points.
2010 La Tribu

10
***

08/2014 This has a medium body and TONS of fruit (exactly what I expect from a GSM blend). This is a very nice wine. I drank this with several different meals, and it was very food-friendly. This was recommended by Robert Parker.
2010 Tarima Hill

13
***

12/2013 This has a big body and lots of fruit. This is a very nice wine. I drank this with several different meals, and it was very food-friendly. This was recommended by Robert Parker + CostCo Wine Blog.
2010 Romanico Toro

16
***

04/2013 This has a big body and lots of fruit. This is the first Spanish wine I have drunk from the Toro grape - and I'm really impressed. I drank this with several different meals, and it was very food-friendly.
2009 La Montesa Rioja

14
**

04/2013 This was only average - heavy body and little fruit. It seemed just OK the first day I had it, but after a day or two I really did NOT like it.
Not recommended - and Parker (Neal Martin) rated this 92 points
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2010 La Atalaya

15
**

03/2013 This was only average - heavy body and little fruit. It seemed fine the first day I had it, but after a day or two I really did NOT like it. Somehow the fruit turned green / unripe, which is very strange. Not recommended - and Parker (Neal Martin) rated this 91 points.
2006 Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero

30
****

01/2013 Excellent - Big body, lots of fruit, well balanced. Another really nice, and expensive wine - wish I had more! 100% Tinto Fino.
2008 Embruix
Vall Llach
Priorat

19
****

10/2012 Excellent - Big body, lots of fruit, well balanced. We tasted this against the 2009 Creta Roble and the 2009 Bodega Renacer Enamore (Argentina).

Embruix means "bewitching" in Catalan, and it was the clear favorite of the three. This is a complex blend of Garnacha, Carignan, Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot. The price is VERY nice (at CostCo).

2009 Creta Roble - Ribera del Duero

12
***

10/2012 Nice wine - Big body, lots of fruit, fairly well balanced. We tasted this against the Vall Llach, and this is not as fancy - but also a better bargain. This was recommended by Robert Parker + CostCo Wine Blog.
2008 Dinastia Vivanco - Rioja

14
***

09/2012 Nice wine - Medium body, lots of fruit, a touch of oak, and well balanced. This was recommended in the CostCo Wine Blog.
2008 Besllum - Montsant

13
***

09/2012 Nice wine - Big body, lots of fruit and well balanced. As usual, a VERY nice price at CostCo. This was recommended by Robert Parker.
2007 Reserva
Vina Eguia - Rioja

10
*

09/2012 Average wine - Medium body, very little fruit, fairly acidic. I must have gotten a bad bottle of this. It was recommended in the CostCo Wine Blog.
2009 Celeste Crianza
Miguel Torres

15
**

05/2012 This was only average - heavy body and little fruit. It is NOT well balanced - it needs lots more fruit, and tastes too tannic.
Not recommended - and Parker (Jay Miller) rated this 90 points.
2006 Can Blau
Montsant

15
***

01/2011 Very nice - medium body and fruit. It is well balanced, with good fruit. It has matured nicely, with complexity and depth.
2005 Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero

30
****

01/2011 Excellent - Big body, lots of fruit, well balanced. Another really nice, and expensive wine! 100% Tinto Fino.
2005 Alto Moncayo Veraton

30
****

01/2011 Excellent - Big body, lots of fruit, very well balanced. This is expensive, and worth it! 100% Garnacha.
2007 Castano Monastrell
Yecla

10
*

01/2010 Fair wine - medium body and fruit. I tasted this twice, but it was not very interesting. Not sure why Parker gave this 90 points.

Wine Ratings: * Fair, ** Good to Very Good, *** Excellent

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