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

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Celeste, Crianza, 2009, Torres, Ribera del Douro

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I fried this on top of the radiator to get it up to operating temperature for the Wilks who were coming for a Bridge Dinner.So the first taste was warm with an explosion of fruit which soon gave way to a smoother refined dry taste. As the label says, it was as unique as the night sky in Ribera del Duoro. I’m a fan of Torres wines on both sides of the Atlantic but sometimes the hyperbole of the language used stretches the vine a bit.

http://www.torres.es/wps/portal/web/inicio/vinosBrandies/!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gTlyBfJydDRwN_S1dDA08Ts9BQXy9_Y4tQQ_3g1Dz9gmxHRQBkts_I/?WCM_PORTLET=PC_7_4DRMBB1A0GO070IHM1M7TK0434010457_WCM&WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connect/en/torres/secciones/vinosbrandies/vinos/celeste

€16.99 in O’Briens from €20.99

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Monte Real Rioja Reserva 2006

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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.

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Campo Viejo Reserva 2007 Rioja

Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2007 F (Small) Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2007 B (Small)

A family favourite. Tempranillo mainly. Distinctive. We actually prefer the simplicity of the standard Campo table wine as it’s nothing pretentious, though the Reserva – aged for 12 months longer in Oak – is always welcome. We presented this to the Geraghty’s: Erin, Simon, Stella & Leslie when they came to Dinner accompanied by Amy & Ross. We also enjoyed the Domaine Duffour Cotes de Gascogne 2012.