EP 239 Rioja Wine. Everyone is Asking So Here You Go!

I don’t remember being requested for a certain area of wines more then the mad push for Rioja in the last few weeks, so here we go!

Wines tasted in this episode:

1981 Lopez De Heredia Tondonia Blanco Rioja Gran ReservaRioja
Bodegas Montecillo Rioja RedRioja
2001 Rioja Vega ReservaRioja
2003 Torre Muga RiojaRioja

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  • MichaelP

    anyone notice how black the glass looked after GV poured the Muga? It went from clear to a murky purple/black. Now that’s what I call great color!

  • MichaelP

    anyone notice how black the glass looked after GV poured the Muga? It went from clear to a murky purple/black. Now that’s what I call great color!

  • manpod

    I guess Gary won’t be going to the Patriots vs. Giants games this fall. One pre season and one regular season game.

    The J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets play both teams twice – that will get the blood flowing this fall. I would expect to see ARod and Jeter as spectators for the Oct. 7 Giants Jets game.

    QOTD Modus Operandi and Maybach Materium Cabs. Two first year small winery wines.

  • manpod

    I guess Gary won’t be going to the Patriots vs. Giants games this fall. One pre season and one regular season game.

    The J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets play both teams twice – that will get the blood flowing this fall. I would expect to see ARod and Jeter as spectators for the Oct. 7 Giants Jets game.

    QOTD Modus Operandi and Maybach Materium Cabs. Two first year small winery wines.

  • wayno da wino

    Yo Gary,

    Nice episode, as usual! Ain’t had a Rioja in a looong
    time. Ya got me motivated ta go find some!!

    QOTD: Domaine De La Romanee-Conti, Romanee-Conti
    i’ll be dere ta drink your spit-bucket!! :)

  • wayno da wino

    Yo Gary,

    Nice episode, as usual! Ain’t had a Rioja in a looong
    time. Ya got me motivated ta go find some!!

    QOTD: Domaine De La Romanee-Conti, Romanee-Conti
    i’ll be dere ta drink your spit-bucket!! :)

  • http://www.myspace.com/chateaumiller Brandon M

    QOTD: Any of the DRC wines.

  • http://www.myspace.com/chateaumiller Brandon M

    QOTD: Any of the DRC wines.

  • DustyBottles

    possible to get a picture montage of the san fran tasting? might be cool. good episode man, as always. I have heard nothing but spectacular reviews about http://www.yquem.fr/yquem.php?lang=uk , so that would be the wine I’d really really really like to try!! Come on Santa, hook me up! ha.

  • DustyBottles

    possible to get a picture montage of the san fran tasting? might be cool. good episode man, as always. I have heard nothing but spectacular reviews about http://www.yquem.fr/yquem.php?lang=uk , so that would be the wine I’d really really really like to try!! Come on Santa, hook me up! ha.

  • Jeff

    Had a busy week so I’m quite a bit behind in watching episodes.

    Rioja wines like the Bodegas Montacillo were what helped me get into wine. I’d go into a wine shop and because I had no idea what I was doing, I’d go for the inexpensive stuff which happened to be in the Spain aisle. And while I like all kinds of wine now, I love going back to inexpensive Rioja because it’s often such tasty wine.

    QOTD: A great Bordeaux or Burgandy from my birth year (1967) just cause it would be cool.

    P.S. Why won’t my gravitar work???!!! (Yelling at the computer…not you?)

  • Jeff

    Had a busy week so I’m quite a bit behind in watching episodes.

    Rioja wines like the Bodegas Montacillo were what helped me get into wine. I’d go into a wine shop and because I had no idea what I was doing, I’d go for the inexpensive stuff which happened to be in the Spain aisle. And while I like all kinds of wine now, I love going back to inexpensive Rioja because it’s often such tasty wine.

    QOTD: A great Bordeaux or Burgandy from my birth year (1967) just cause it would be cool.

    P.S. Why won’t my gravitar work???!!! (Yelling at the computer…not you?)

  • Matt the Lurker

    I’d like to go back in time and taste some French and Italian wines before the world became Californicated. Of course, my wallet doesn’t allow me to time travel right now and my way-back machine won’t pass smog. Damn DMV.

  • Matt the Lurker

    I’d like to go back in time and taste some French and Italian wines before the world became Californicated. Of course, my wallet doesn’t allow me to time travel right now and my way-back machine won’t pass smog. Damn DMV.

  • http://erdelynet.com/ Mike Erdely

    QOTD: Both a new (to me) NICE Chianti or a new (to me) NICE Reisling (for summer, I normally mainly stick to reds).

    Spanish friends of ours turned us on to Riojas. We’ve tried a couple different bottles and enjoyed them all.

    There’s a very nice place in Columbia, MD called Iron Bridge Wine Company. If you like wine and are in the area, it’s definitely worth checking out.

    Also, in Olney, MD, there’s The Olney Beer and Fine Wine store. Jason is VERY knowledgable and everyone helpful. They have a wide variety of wines and many, many imported beers. They have weekly wine, beer and/or cheese tastings.

    -ME

  • http://erdelynet.com/ Mike Erdely

    QOTD: Both a new (to me) NICE Chianti or a new (to me) NICE Reisling (for summer, I normally mainly stick to reds).

    Spanish friends of ours turned us on to Riojas. We’ve tried a couple different bottles and enjoyed them all.

    There’s a very nice place in Columbia, MD called Iron Bridge Wine Company. If you like wine and are in the area, it’s definitely worth checking out.

    Also, in Olney, MD, there’s The Olney Beer and Fine Wine store. Jason is VERY knowledgable and everyone helpful. They have a wide variety of wines and many, many imported beers. They have weekly wine, beer and/or cheese tastings.

    -ME

  • http://cliffordjames.org/ Clifford James

    Yeah yeah I know that this comment is coming weeks after the episode, but I never commented on this episode and I think itâ??s GREAT! Spanish wines are among my current favorites, they have really helped me out of my Cab rut, and the Riojas are wines I usually canâ??t afford so to have you taste some at different price points is valuable to me, and likely many others. THANKS Gary!

    QOTD: What would I really like to try? Of those that you have featured lately I would like to taste one of the following:

    Bodegas Pujanza Norte 2004 (http://winelibrary.com/reviewwine.asp?item=31428)
    Tensley Colson Canyon Syrah 2005 (http://winelibrary.com/reviewwine.asp?item=9648)

    â?¦ but Iâ??d be totally fibbing if I didnâ??t say that the Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1990 (http://winelibrary.com/reviewwine.asp?item=31446) is what I feel I really NEED to taste someday, but at $520 I fear that day will never come :-{

    Again Gary, thank you for all you do for us! It makes a difference! Keep it up!

  • http://cliffordjames.org Clifford James

    Yeah yeah I know that this comment is coming weeks after the episode, but I never commented on this episode and I think itâ??s GREAT! Spanish wines are among my current favorites, they have really helped me out of my Cab rut, and the Riojas are wines I usually canâ??t afford so to have you taste some at different price points is valuable to me, and likely many others. THANKS Gary!

    QOTD: What would I really like to try? Of those that you have featured lately I would like to taste one of the following:

    Bodegas Pujanza Norte 2004 (http://winelibrary.com/reviewwine.asp?item=31428)
    Tensley Colson Canyon Syrah 2005 (http://winelibrary.com/reviewwine.asp?item=9648)

    â?¦ but Iâ??d be totally fibbing if I didnâ??t say that the Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1990 (http://winelibrary.com/reviewwine.asp?item=31446) is what I feel I really NEED to taste someday, but at $520 I fear that day will never come :-{

    Again Gary, thank you for all you do for us! It makes a difference! Keep it up!

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  • Vinacull

    Gary,
    GREAT episode. Always love to see what the whirl is on Rioja, and this EP was fun to watch from start to finish. QOTD: One of my life dreams is to someday taste at least one of the Guigal La La’s from a great or classic finish. I know you won’t open the 1985 100-pointer, but 2002 will do in a pinch. Even the descriptions from WS and WA make my mouth water for the La Landonne (Library Code: 5970):
    94 Points – Wine Spectator
    “Slightly firm at first, but then almost gushes with pure, silky raspberry fruit, followed by notes of iron, tobacco and semisweet chocolate. Beautifully done. Drink now through 2021.”
    “The star of the 2002 La La’s is the 2002 Cote Rotie La Landonne. Aromas of burning embers, scorched earth, truffles, and black cherries are followed by an unexpectedly deep, rich wine that is best consumed over the next 12-15 years.” -90-93 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
    C’mon ANTY UP Santa Claus! You know you want too…

  • Vinacull

    Gary,
    GREAT episode. Always love to see what the whirl is on Rioja, and this EP was fun to watch from start to finish. QOTD: One of my life dreams is to someday taste at least one of the Guigal La La’s from a great or classic finish. I know you won’t open the 1985 100-pointer, but 2002 will do in a pinch. Even the descriptions from WS and WA make my mouth water for the La Landonne (Library Code: 5970):
    94 Points – Wine Spectator
    “Slightly firm at first, but then almost gushes with pure, silky raspberry fruit, followed by notes of iron, tobacco and semisweet chocolate. Beautifully done. Drink now through 2021.”
    “The star of the 2002 La La’s is the 2002 Cote Rotie La Landonne. Aromas of burning embers, scorched earth, truffles, and black cherries are followed by an unexpectedly deep, rich wine that is best consumed over the next 12-15 years.” -90-93 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
    C’mon ANTY UP Santa Claus! You know you want too…

  • Ryan

    I know this is already been a few weeks out…I am in Spain right now and had never had a Rioja. Now it is definitely one of my favorites! Going back and being able to see this episode was great.

  • Ryan

    I know this is already been a few weeks out…I am in Spain right now and had never had a Rioja. Now it is definitely one of my favorites! Going back and being able to see this episode was great.

  • Mason

    Great show, love the glass!!

    QOTD: I would love to try a great vintage of Chateau Latour. I hear great things, but it is way out of my price league.

  • Mason

    Great show, love the glass!!

    QOTD: I would love to try a great vintage of Chateau Latour. I hear great things, but it is way out of my price league.

  • Kirk

    Gary..here’s to going back and reviewing old episodes. What wine would I like to taste. Any of the Sine Qua Non Pinot Noirs…I’ve been extreemely lucky to experience many wines as a wine director and find myself to be the sort of person who feels that wines (like knowedge) are meant to be shared. So if you find yourself feeling in the sharing spirit below is the link to a 1998 Oregon Pinot that I would love to try as a fan of Oregon Pinots…Thanks for the great shows and hard work you put in for all of us.

    http://winelibrary.com/reviewwine.asp?item=14869

  • Kirk

    Gary..here’s to going back and reviewing old episodes. What wine would I like to taste. Any of the Sine Qua Non Pinot Noirs…I’ve been extreemely lucky to experience many wines as a wine director and find myself to be the sort of person who feels that wines (like knowedge) are meant to be shared. So if you find yourself feeling in the sharing spirit below is the link to a 1998 Oregon Pinot that I would love to try as a fan of Oregon Pinots…Thanks for the great shows and hard work you put in for all of us.

    http://winelibrary.com/reviewwine.asp?item=14869

  • scwgator

    I enjoy your show and I am trying to fight my lurker tendencies. Just tried the 2001 Heras Cordon Reserva Rioja and would strongly recommend it.

  • scwgator

    I enjoy your show and I am trying to fight my lurker tendencies. Just tried the 2001 Heras Cordon Reserva Rioja and would strongly recommend it.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    QOTD: The 1999 Royal Tokaji Essencia. Good luck getting a bottle of that. Im trying to secure one myself. A lot of hope is going on on my part. Nice episode, but Im still lost on reds. Hopefully the wine book I bought ( The Wine Bible ) will help me grow.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    QOTD: The 1999 Royal Tokaji Essencia. Good luck getting a bottle of that. Im trying to secure one myself. A lot of hope is going on on my part. Nice episode, but Im still lost on reds. Hopefully the wine book I bought ( The Wine Bible ) will help me grow.

  • Adrian

    Wow a shout out for Malaysia….be it on insects but what the heck….great informative show as usual….

  • Adrian

    Wow a shout out for Malaysia….be it on insects but what the heck….great informative show as usual….

  • http://palatematch.com/blog/ dcpatton

    QOTD: Cono Sur 20 Barrels Sauvignon Blanc 2008

    Great episode.

  • http://palatematch.com/blog/ dcpatton

    QOTD: Cono Sur 20 Barrels Sauvignon Blanc 2008

    Great episode.

  • John__J

    qotd: Well my new issue of spectator has this rich guy on the front holding a bottle of 1921 Petrus, that would be nice. But this is what I really want to taste: a Caves Jean Bourdy Chateau-Chalon.(vin jaune of course.) vin jaune obviously being France’s most unique and rare wines, if not one of the world’s, & Caves Jean Bourdy being just about the best producer of it.
    That Gary, would be a joy to watch you have on your show, a vin jaune.

  • John J

    qotd: Well my new issue of spectator has this rich guy on the front holding a bottle of 1921 Petrus, that would be nice. But this is what I really want to taste: a Caves Jean Bourdy Chateau-Chalon.(vin jaune of course.) vin jaune obviously being France’s most unique and rare wines, if not one of the world’s, & Caves Jean Bourdy being just about the best producer of it.
    That Gary, would be a joy to watch you have on your show, a vin jaune.

  • vicbarrera

    Hi Gary i love your show. I tried to view this once on my iPad but it dos not work.

  • Victor Sanchez Barrera

    My mistake. I watched the video. I am from Spain in I mostly drink wines from Spain. I am glad you liked Torre Muga. I also think that it is a great wine.

  • corkscrew

    Like most Spainish wines, have a bottle of 2003 Torre Muga in cellar. QOTD-Some Harlan or Screaming Eagle http://www.winelx.com

  • Anonymous

    “Beating frog hearts” this is why I watch.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to taste a 1982 Pichon Lanlande #justsaying

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Inman/68115218 Jeff Inman

    So stoked you did this episode because this is most definitely one of my favorite types of wine and awesome to see the diversity that exists between them and the descriptors that differentiate them. A wine I really want to taste is one from your previous episodes the $140 Ceretto Barolo Brico Rocche.

    CKC-Virginia Tech

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Nelson/1000617002 Dan Nelson

    I LOVE THE BIG ASS GLASS!!! :) See you at VT soon!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome episode – come to Virginia Tech!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Speer/512018124 Mike Speer

    I want to taste an AMON Ra Shiraz, you reviewed it on episode #18. I did find it in a local store, but unfortunately as supply, demand, prestige goes, it was a 80$ bottle with a big label on the side where robert parker had added his 2 cents. Anywho, would LOVE to try, but it will be quite a while before the opportunity arises.
    Another great show gary!!
    VT CKC

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1563600162 Krishna Patel

    CKC @ Virginia Tech! Come visit us soon!!!

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