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

    He goes through five bottles a week? Jeepers!!!
    What’s he a professor of?

  • Anonymous

    I can open 5 bottles in one night. I’m a professional!

  • Anonymous

    Which vintage?

  • Anonymous

    I just bought a 2006 chateau la louviere white Bordeaux for about $40. It has a screw top and I was a very happy man. Sensible closure.

  • Anonymous

    Me amateur. : )

    Sent from my current frame of reference in space time.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll have to try it again. Maybe a bad bottle.

    Sent from my current frame of reference in space time.

  • I love Marks and Spencer!! Hope to visit UK again soon. Wine sounds good, too.

  • Computer Science, Architecture

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: I’m not sure I have any particular go-to wine. Just too many to choose from so it all depends on my mood. Go-to wines from last night’s dinner party were like a lovely jaunt through the Loire – Pouilly Fumé, a Touraine Gamay that was exceptional, and rounded off with a crémant from the Anjou area. Can’t remember any of the producers unfortunately but all of the wines were amazing.

  • Anonymous

    These shows are so short!

    QOTD – changes too much to have just one, but generally always have either a German, Chilean or Australian riesling in the fridge.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Theo Loosen Dornfelder. I have a few vintages in the cellar.

  • Anonymous

    When I think rioja, I think 2001, 2004, 2005

  • Have had the Riscal on a few occasions, and has never knocked my socks of, but has never offended either. I agree that it is a good touchstone if someone is trying to get a bead on Rioja.
    QOTD: usually pulling out our own bottles in the mid week, and it’s whatever will best match dinner. Got a Mencia we made from a limited edition kit, that we’ve been enjoying quite a bit in place of Tempranillo…got very fired up about the grape after a restaurant experience a couple of years ago, and then the <$10 deal on the "El Mano" that WL had last year…

    P.S. Enjoy the vacation Mott!

  • abiluy13

    qotd:vina sol by torres.
    love rioja wines. not a fan of riscal that much.
    i would recomend the vina alberdi 2003 rioja reserva. great juice!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Love the Riscal for years.
    I came across some magnums of 1990 a few years ago for a song and they were top notch.

    Gary the 2005 is just a baby, it will just need some more time to shine perhaps.

    as for Midweek wines Loving the south of France whites these days and always albarinho’s and Greco di tufo from Feudi and others.
    and I am a Chianti Man. young old whatever, the Sangiovese just speaks my language most times.

  • Gary

    Good show thanks.

    QOTD: Hump Day wine. Mid-week, at home, after Wednesday night tennis. Normally something white and happy to stand without food. Probably a nice Chardonnay.


  • Anonymous

    My weekday wines:
    Monday: Mouton
    Tuesday: Lafitte
    Wednesday: Haut Brion
    Thursday: Margaux
    Friday: Latour

    Why else do you think they chose five?

  • That is a really good wine! I made lasagna the other day and was out of Italian wine, so I went to the ole trusty Volver and it paired up really well!

    As for seeing Yo La Tengo, that’s just friggin awesome!

  • And Saturday and Sunday it is a Carlo Rossi-a-thon. j/k 😉

  • Oakmon’s BF

    This week?s shows appear to have been tapped earlier. They may have all been tapped on the same day. Mott?s absence may have been of short duration.

  • Anonymous

    That would explain it.

    Sent from my current frame of reference in space time.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure I’ve had a bottle last more than two nights…is that wrong?
    QOTD: Many, but the main one has been been Barbara D’alba, always a value wine.

  • Anonymous

    Marques de Riscal has never impressed me and this one does nothing to change that. Good choice for a short show, though. As you say, it is widely available.

    QOTD: I don’t really have a “go to” wine in that respect. It kind of depends what’s in my cellar that is on the less expensive side. If I had to name something, it would probably be a Cote du Rhone from a decent vintage.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! So what do you drink on Saturday and Sunday if it’s First Growth Bordeaux all week long? Perhaps some DRC? 😉

  • Anonymous

    Yes, they do seem to last. I have heard they get to a place of maturity and stay there. Tempranillo at least.

  • So sorry to hear one of our wines didn’t quite live up to your standards! We would be curious to know which wine you tried. Thanks for giving us a chance!

    Sean Minor
    4 Bears

  • Anonymous


  • Allan

    Can i swing by on tuesdays, ’cause i havn’t tried Lafite yet 😛

  • Allan

    “The piano has been drinking, my necktie is asleep…”

  • Anonymous

    Where can I get a watch that counts how many thundershows there have been?

  • philoxera

    Terrible Mott-e-zuma on the bottle….bring back the Great one

  • meh,

    QOTD: No real qo to wine or beer, like to change it up too much for that.

  • Ooh, GaryVee Dissing The Riscal!?!?! ( kidding ;^) )

    QOTD: actually Marques de Riscal and Ramón Bilbao are our routine wines ( both Riojas BTW ).

    I cracked in laughter at the shirt: “If Anyone Orders Merlot I’m Leaving”

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Every week I will ‘go to’ something different. I don’t buy wine by the case. I buy bottles. My ‘cellar’ selection is assorted.

    A reserva that I think is excellent is Bodegas Muga Reserva Rioja 2005. I usually buy crianza rioja because that’s in my budget more so than reserva.

  • Anonymous

    Ramon Bilbao is one of my favorites.

  • Anonymous

    I need more Rioja in my life.

    qotd:Chateau La Tour de Beraud , costieres de nimes is the appelation I think. 13 bones, half grenache blanc, the rest roussanne and marsanne (25% each)

    my favorite white wine and one I’ll buy a lot more of

  • Anonymous

    I had the 05 Riscal Reserva a few weeks ago, side by side with the 04 Riscal Reserva. I definitely preferred the 05 and scored it 86+. I was surprised to hear it earned a 90 point score.

    QOTD: I try to keep it diversified, so I do not have a preferred go to middle of the week wine. The last five wines I popped middle of the week were Villa Pillo Borgoforte 2006 (Tuscany), Valsanzo Terras Cua 2004 (Bierzo), Buitenverwachting Christine 2003 (Constantia) – spectacular wine, Torres Cordillera 2004 (Chile), and Geyser Peak Reserve Alexandre Meritage 1991 (Sonoma County) – my favourite local wine store offered me their last bottle of Geyser Peak for 10 CHF (approx. 10 USD) making this a middle of the week wine 😉

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: I’m still on my sparkling kick, so my current go-to mid-week pick lately is:
    Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé “Perle d’Aurore”
    Great rich texture, firm acid, fine bead, fresh berry fruit and subtle leesyness, making it extremely versatile as a food accompaniment or a solid sipper on it’s own.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Dont really have a go to wine I ll just drink the cheaper stuff the a have in my cellar. But I will drink the red over the whites more often then not.

  • Anonymous

    sure thing but I’m running low on ’45s so may have to be content with ’82

  • Anonymous

    weekends differ, either I go Ausone/C.B.or DRC vs the Madame to see who’s holding up the best 😉

  • passion4wine
  • Anonymous

    QOTD: It depends on what I’ve found recently, but “after work” wines are generally Rieslings, Sauvignon Blancs or other whites/white blends. Current favorite: Pacific Rim’s Autumnus, a slightly off-dry blend of Riesling, Chenin Blanc & Gewurztraminer that has some nice apple, pineapple and light floral notes and good acidity. $5.99 in CA at the TJ’s.
    Gotta get some more once I finish the S.B & Gewurz in the fridge since I cleared out my racks a little this weekend while camping.

  • Just about any Ventoux does the trick for me…and they are pretty cheap.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: No-Oak Chardonnay from the Central Coast – crisp clean but some nice weight on most of them… the perfect humpday libation

  • Anonymous

    GV – I’ve had the wine before and thought it was pretty decent. Not that memorable though!

    QOTD: I love the Seguras Reserve Cava and for $8 you can’t beat it!

  • Lvine


    Red — Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc/Carmenere blend
    White — Indómita Sauvignon Blanc

  • Anonymous

    Gary, you sure didn’t “Bring It” this show. Kind of a downer. I guess we are all entitled.

  • Anonymous

    Nice, short episode on a wide available wine.

    QOTD. Depends on the day. Sometimes I can drink a modest Albarinho or Verdejio, and other days I need a more complex one. As I said, it depends. I don’t have a (how do you call it) wine.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Big House Red: Octavin wine bar package.


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