Ibéricos. Crianza, Rioja, Torres, 2011

Ibericos Crianza Rioza 210414

Oakey Tempranillo from Miguel Torres who produce consistently acceptable quality wines.

Not as big a Rioja bang as I’d expected.  Apparently, this is their first Rioja – with Torres notes here.

So perhaps a little more to do to bring it up to Torres benchmark.

Good article from the Independent Wine Review on the 2010 vintage here

Ibericos Crianza Rioza 210414 b

Campo Castillo Viura 2012 Bodegas Borsao Macabeo, Campo de Borja, Spain


Bodegas Borsao Campo Castillo Macabeo, Campo de Borja, Spain

A refreshing white: fresh, fragrant and delicate with a hint of Peach.

€23 in Tribes where we had a pleasant meal with Liz and Brian on their last night in Dublin.

Macabeo (Viura in Rioja where this is from) is a late budding white wine grape used on either side of the Pyrenees, in the north and east of Spain and the furthest southern reaches of France.

The Bodegas Borsao winery near Zaragoza is noted for its Grenache and is a pet favourite of Robert Parker.


Heart of Stone Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough Forrest Estate. Vina Bujanda 2012 Rioja.

Heart of Stone (Custom) Vina Bujanda (Custom)

The Barranore Merger Wines.

It is said that even the dullest of wine can taste great depending on your mood, your excellent companions and your beautiful surroundings and that’s largely true. So these two gems tasted fantastic on a highly memorable day.

Heart of Stone Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough Forrest Estate

Crisp, bone dry with strong hint of gooseberry and tropical fruit.

Nice acidity with a crisp dry finish, redolent of a Greywacke we tried some time ago.

Vina Bujanda 2012 Rioja.

This wine is aged in stainless steel tanks to maintain a fresh, full-fruit character.

Which it had lots of and lots of berries: blackberry and redcurrant with a touch of soft mellow cream. Great with the steak.

Heard of stone R (Custom)

Monte Real Rioja Reserva 2006

Monte Real (2) (Custom)

Continuing the Spanish Red theme, this went with the cheese.

Aged for 24 months in Oak barrels and a further 36 months in the bottle this is mellow yet full bodied.

Typical Rioja, 100% Tempranillo from the Cenicero Vineyards.

Superior to the Gran Sangre de Toro we tasted at the same meal.

A Christmas Corporate Gift. The Bodegas Riojanas S.A. Group is a publically quoted group with Spanish and Portugese interests.

Monte Real (Custom)

Marques de Montino Rioja Reserva 2008

Marques de Montino (Small) Marques de Montino R (Small)

Ready to drink now, slightly rusty / over the hill.

No legs and I would have expected a fuller body from a Reserva.

Nonetheless, not unpleasant and had a decent mouth feel and delivery.

The label didn’t give a lot away and it looks like a co-op, though the address suggests it could be this winery.

The blend is the Rioja standard of Tempranillo and Garancha.

Fish this out from under the stairs and enjoy it now before it oxidizes futher.