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93 • Bodegas Montecillo 2001 Gran Reserva, Rioja $18. Cellar Selection.
Garnet with a red brick rim. Aromas of chocolate nut fudge, baked mulberries, tomato vine, wax, and mossy river stones follow through on a round entry to a dryish medium body with tangy cranberry, olive, and peppery spice notes. Finishes with a crisp, earthy fade, dusty tannin fade. Excellent mature flavors and style. (tasted on Jun-19-2009)
92 • Primvm Vitae 2003 Reserva, Tempranillo, Rioja $18.99.
Garnet. Aromas of banana, meringue, clay and heirloom tomato follow through on a soft, round entry to a dryish medium body with good depth and acidity and lots of earth. Finishes with a tart, green tomato and cherry skin fade with elegant tannins. A nice food wine to pair with braised pork. (tasted on Jun-19-2009)
91 • Ysios 2004 Reserva, Rioja $30. Cellar Selection.
Garnet violet color. Dark chocolate covered coffee bean, creme brulee crust, and spicy cherry compote aromas follow through on a soft, round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with great fruit, balance and lot of earthiness. Finishes with a long, craisin, mineral, wet cedar, and dusty spice fade. A great choice to pair with lamb. (tasted on Jun-19-2009)
90 • Campo Viejo 2002 Gran Reserva, Rioja $20.99.
Aromas of banana creme brulee, praline, red berries, and clay follow through on a round, supple entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with good depth and soft acidity. Finishes with chewy, mellow, slightly spicy cocoa, apple, and oak fade. A clean spot-on Gran Reserva Rioja. (tasted on Jun-19-2009)
89 • Bodegas Montecillo 2003 Reserva, Rioja $18.
Dusty craisin, India ink, clay, custard, and antique vellum aromas follow through round supple entry with great balance and depth. Finishes with a long, craisin, menthol tobacco, tilled earth, and poached apple fade with dusty tannins. A great choice for prime rib. (tasted on Jun-19-2009)
88 • Campo Viejo 2006 Crianza, Rioja $9.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of toasted coconut, banana puree, and cherry pie have a hint of latex and follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with dried sour cherry and citrus peel notes. Finishes with a crisp, rose water and spice accented fade. An attractive and structured Rioja for the table. (tasted on Jun-19-2009)
84 • Primvm Vitae 2007 "Joven", Tempranillo, Rioja $12.99.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of dark chocolate, berry pie crust, and lavender follow through on soft, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with rounded fruit and a hint of cedar. Finishes with a smooth, craisin, apple skin, and cocoa fade. Very nice. (tasted on Jun-19-2009)
84 • Campo Viejo 2004 Reserva, Rioja $13.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of chocolate, clay, creamy nougat, and dried black cherries follow through on a round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with tangy dried citrus, tomato, and spice notes. Finishes with a crisp, slightly pithy tannin fade. (tasted on Jun-19-2009)