Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Rioja Reserva Wines

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza (2005)
Comments: Plenty of toasty French oak on the nose is met with notes of dried herbs, fresh leather, tobacco, sweet dark berry fruit, cinnamon, licorice and seared beef. In the mouth, bright acids and nice firm tannins are buried in a core of sweet and sour Jolly Rancher grapy fruit with hints of pomegranate. A little black currant and some black plum notes pop on the finish, which shows a bit of sticky sweetness. A polished, modern and fruity style. 89pts
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2 Vina Palaciega Rioja Reserva (2006)
Comments: 2006 Vina Palaciega Rioja Reserva 13% This smells tarry and oaky with fairly aggressive wood spice early on. Some aromatic root tones and a hint of licorice accent the red currant and raspberry fruit. Very fresh and bright on entry, this has brilliant red and black raspberry fruit in the mouth, all supported by integrated and not obvious wood spice notes, a streak of vanilla and some anise seed elements. The acidity is bright and juicy, keeping the fruit fresh and lightening the medium bodied palate feel. The fruit takes on a bit more cherry character on the back end. The tannins show a great fine edge of astringency before receding and leaving the finish with a lingering wild cherry and vanilla two-step that gains some beefy and lightly toasted spice accents. This is just a touch simple, but is super fresh, juicy and balanced. 89pts
Average price: $16.00 from 1 store
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3 Muga Reserva Rioja Unfiltered (2007)
Average price: $23.99 from 9 stores
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4 Rioja Inspiratión Valdemar Doca Auf Anfrage (2005)
Average price: $34.27 from 14 stores
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5 Rioja Reserva Valenciso (2005)
Previously available for $43.99
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