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The Spain theme was also present in the whites, and this showed the real quality and subtler, smoother power of Tondonia Blanco Reserva over …

The current release of the Gran Reserva, and it showed the top quality both of the 1994 vintage, and Tondonia. As José-Luis advised, this …

Dropped into a tempranillo line-up as an example of wine aged in Hungarian oak. La Rioja Alta use Hungarian for this comparatively modern-style Rioja, …

Found this in The Vineyard a couple of years back – Roda’s first vintage, so a bit of history. An inauspicious vintage, which perhaps …

Found in 28-50, and… well… what the hell! Always a gamble, but this 41 year old bottle, though fully mature, had not hollowed out, …

The first vintage of Finca Allende’s top wine, I think? Ready to drink now. Elegant. Perhaps not completely top drawer, but certainly a level …

The exemplar Gran Reserva, and just that: a ripe, deep vintage giving black fruit character, with a careful coating of American oak primarily. Fine …

Saw this in The Sampler and thought why not? In the end, this is past its best – hollowing out and leaving some brisk …

Fascinating way to start MW study group studies, blind. A much more satisfying old-school Rioja than the 1991 Bosconia. Pale garnet, with a tawny …

A second vintage of this, from a similar source. And again, a good example of a £10-15, modern-style, attractive Reserva Rioja. A touch jammy, …