EP 918 2005 Marques de Riscal

Checking in on one of the most classic producers of Rioja, Marques de Riscal. The 90 point score caught my attention big time, does it live up to the hype?

Wines tasted in this episode:

2005 Marques De Riscal Rioja ReservaRioja

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Worst zoomy zoom of all time. Bit of a flat episode all round TBH

Tags: red, review, sauvignon blanc, Video, wine

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  • Anonymous

    I think the point of a case is to try over the course of many years? And unless you are 21 now, 2025 is pretty optimistic.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, G.

    QOTD: Juan Gil, Chateau St. Jean.

  • Anonymous

    Good episode, sounds like an interesting everyday enjoyment.

    QOTD – Oh goodness, I am still learning so much, I do not really think I have my everyday go to wine.

  • NY Pete

    this is damn good juice on a wednesday night … glad I paid 16

  • “Close to a thousand” is right. Been there from the get-go. I haven’t been with ANYONE for this long a time! 🙂

    Good show, I will try and procur some of the Riscal. It has been ho-hum in the past so this will spur me to buy some. Awaiting on the Alta Maria pinot.

    QOTD: My “hump day” wine is “any” Oregon pinot I have laying around. It soothes and relaxes me in one fell swoop. If I go “white” it’s Oyster Bay SB. Just devour the stuff.


    P.S. I will get through tomorrow night and want to talk to you about two things so to give you a heads-up: 1) direct shipping which really pisses me off and 2) Off the Wall (great album) Thanksgiving wines.

  • Nice, I will need to try some of this.

  • By the way, kick the Cheater’s butt this weekend.

  • My above comment should have gone here. I will need to try some of this.

  • One other comment. For your “Centennial Sniffy-Sniff” I think you should have a show including some of us old farts who have been with you from the beginning.

    P.S. We need Mott to return. We did not see the label.

  • Anonymous

    They changed their label. Tried their Merlot in the mid-90’s and have bought some Cab since then. Definitely great juice!!

  • Anonymous

    Mark the luigi bosca malbec single vinyard is not….. have some wood, minerals, some black berries, is round is very very good is on the 20 dollars range there are much more expensive bosca’s malbec but not need too. if you want cheaper Tilia (even dough is a screw top, that i hate) is good and it is around 7 bones.
    here’s a link for you to read a more prof. review about the LBM http://www.luigibosca.com.ar/2007/v8/common/prensa/pdf_81.pdf

  • A dumb Rhein king

    QOTD: Normally I would open a bottle on Mon or Tues that would last until Thurs or Fri, so nothing special/not special.

  • DaveAll

    oiy a one bottle show! yikes, guess I’d better pay attention and not wonder to the frig…
    ah.. .a wine widely available. I’m listening. listening. Wine already in the helmet, ugh? spitting for others before us? haha.
    weekday wines? I drink locally. Wines made in NC. think globally, drink locally.

    good show, though lacking a 2nd or 3rd bottle to discuss. smile. what will I do with the rest of this 15 minutes I can’t spend here? (loser, I know)

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Usually my “go-to” wine during the week has more to do with price than a particular label or something that has been cellaring for a long time. I drink the better high-end wines on the weekend and usually something $25. or less on a weekday. I do enjoy a Justin Cab for a mid-week wine.

  • Anonymous


  • QOTD: I like something I can sip… typically a CS or Rhone Valley

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: I haven’t had enough of one wine to call a go-to wine at this point. I’ve been trying to expand the palate by trying as many different producers and varietals as possible. There are a few that I can see myself going back to for a Wednesday night including:

    Sacco Nebbiolo d’Alba and The Kermit Lynch Selection Cotês du Rhône

  • Anonymous

    I bought today a Juan Gil 2008 jumilla silver label, didn’t tried it yet, hope i enjoy it!!!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t differentiate weekday from weekend wines just dependent on the meal. My go to wine lately has been Susan Balboa Benmarco Malbec as I find it regularly a good wine and goes well with most meats. I have had the 2005 Marques de Riscal and did not like it at all. Could only drink a half of a glass and went to another wine right away. Would have given it a 75 for my tastes.

  • QOTD: I like the Merlots mid week… or even a western Bordeaux blend like a Merlot Cab Franc…

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: I usually go with the Marques de Caceres Crianza which I always get confused with the Riscal. Like that classic, old-world stuff-

  • Another, short tight episode! I haven’t been buying Riscal much lately, honestly. I also used to buy a lot more Rioja.

    QOTD: Hump Day wine is usually whatever I have open, though it’s ranged from Santa Rita Riserva (various varietals) to Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva in the past.

  • Anonymous

    I enjoy Rioja’s. They don’t change my world, but they taste good at reasonable prices. QOTD – My go to wines are normally red from Spain or southern France. Pinot is my favorite, but harder to find good ones at good prices. Am drinking New Zealand sauvignon blanc (Kim Crawford I believe) right now because it is still warm in Atlanta.

  • Nice show Gary. Have to say I feel like I am always searching for that weekday wine. Trying some Four Bears tonight, for instance. I’m afraid it isn’t quite doing it for me. Seems hard to find that weekday wine that is good enough but doesn’t break the bank. I blame Gary for improving my pal though.

  • As always, wishing I was hanging with winecrazy.

  • Anonymous

    iPhone . Booo.
    Riscal good ,on occasion, even better.
    Q – again, always must move in. Just had ’06 ApexII Cab. (Wash). Was zn old fan of line, ain’t had it I’m 5 years , or so. Still liked it/ price. Bought for your “cab Day” a few weeks ago.

  • I agree about Kanonkop Kadette. I tried the O8 (from South Africa) a few months ago recommended by wine shop owner. Great red for $10!

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t tried the 08 but I enjoyed the 07!

  • QOTD: San Simone 2007 Cab Sauv. Got a case from Frank the German here in Tucson, and it gets me through my week sometimes, for sure.

  • Anonymous

    Hi, Gary. I’ve been lurking a lot lately because I don’t have an answer to many of your questions. However, I can answer this one. I bought a case of Concannon 2007 estate cabernet a while ago. I usually like their estate cab. I got a good deal on this, too. It was harsh when I bought it and it’s harsh now. However, it has character. Every now and then when I want to feel something, I open a bottle.

  • Anonymous

    I bought a case of Concannon (Livermore) 2007 estate cabernet sauvignon. It’s harsh, but it has character.

  • Anonymous

    Me too. Different wine every week.

  • Don Simpson

    QOTD: Weekday wine is something value driven, usually a malbec or primitivo.

  • Don Simpson

    And 2007 Cotes du Rhone

  • Anonymous

    QOTD- Well. I’m on vacation too. So hump day last week was Chatanooga beluga caviar and Delamotte champagne then a delmonico steak and a 1977 Ridge Luis Obispo. Today I ate at Massimo’s in Palm Harbor and had mushroom tart then venison with a 2004 Col Solare. The Solare you would have HATED Gary as it was very oaked. I liked it a lot though.
    I still love Bern’s though.

  • Anonymous

    Oh yeah the Ridge and delmonico and caviar with bubbs was forms Bern’s in Tampa.
    All Vayniacs must make A pilgrimage to Bern’s at least
    once in there life. The biggest wine list IN THE WORLD!
    Don’t forget Massimo’s though. Really!

  • Anonymous

    I was wondering why you would want to try that Rioja.
    Misplaced comment.

  • Something in a Wednesday wine? Right now it is Casa Castillo Monastrell from Jumilla, Spain. Talk about a mover and shaker for under $10? This red is really drinking well and just pumps out flavor!

  • QOTD: I always go to Volver 2007 Tempranillo because it affords a lot of flexibility when I pair it with dinner, not too complicated, just a lot of flavor and smooth on the palate.

    OH MAN I AM SO PUMPED… I am going to NJ to see Yo La Tengo for their 8 nights of Hanukkah concert at Maxwells in December. I am also going to watch a Devils game (hopefully!) and most importantly visit Wine Library! Cannot wait for that trip!

  • That looks great. Will try that soon.

  • Have you been to his winery? That is the Sonoma County winery… the guy does interesting blends and is a crazy sport nut. Wonder if he watches Gary’s show?

  • Never tried their Zinfandels… and I go to the Russian river all the time…
    Thanks for giving me a new idea. That is relatively expensive for a hump day wine (I am still rocking the college kid crew patch), what do you drink on the big nights?

  • Anonymous

    A lot of people seem to dig the Bogle Petit Syrah. I did not like it at all.
    Peirano Estate Petit Syrah I like a lot better and it is inexpensive. Ever tried one anybody?

  • Thought everyone should know and feel the excitement.

  • Dude… i am loving Monastrell and will definitely try this wine in the near future.

  • Anonymous

    i think we need to see that Bonanno on Cindy! Nice label and good juice?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve heard some Rioja last forever!

  • Anonymous

    Hey if you like Chateau St. Michelle check this out:

  • Anonymous

    I’ve told him to watch it butttt……. He has one of the oldest wine blogs around, his diary.
    We go there at least twice a year for barrel and release parties. Good food, wine and great music on his big ass screen. He’s still a Raiders fan.
    He’s making some bubbly now and it’s not bad.

  • Anonymous

    Never tried the Peirano Estate but, for me, the Bogle petite sirah is a great value for under ten bones.


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