A restrained style of Rioja--not too earthy, not too ripe, and certainly not with the lashings of coconut-tinged Amer...Read more...
This is a very good typical Rioja. Soft and well rounded with typical tempranillo flavours. It is very drinkable and great with lamb or lighter mea... Read more
RP: 91+ Points WS: 88 Points WE: 88 Points Read more
Tiefes Rubinrot mit violetten Reflexen. In der Nase sehr komplex mit Noten von reifen Früchten. Am Gaumen fleischig, füllig und rund mit eleganter ... Read more
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This is a very good typical Rioja. Soft and well rounded with typical tempranillo flavours. It is very drinkable and great with lamb or lighter meat dishes. But does it deserve 90 points from Robert Parker .....i dont think so. It is good, very good even but a long way from great or fantastic.
External Reviews for Bodegas del Marqués de Vargas Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva
Tiefes Rubinrot mit violetten Reflexen. In der Nase sehr komplex mit Noten von reifen Früchten. Am Gaumen fleischig, füllig und rund mit eleganter Tanninstruktur. Sehr ausgewogener und langer Abgang.
Alluring. This brooding red shows dark flavors of brandied plums, dark chocolate and licorice; firm and balanced on the palate, with a long finish of spice and smoke. It has character and depth. Drink now through 2008.
This 60-hectare bodega has been in the hands of the Vargas family for 4 generations and produces benchmark Riojas. Recently a new state of the art winery has been installed and Bordeaux-based Michel Rolland has been retained as a consultant. The grapes are fermented and then pressed in new oak barrels for 15 months. They are then kept in bottle a further 2 years prior to release. Only red Reservas are produced, and the wines are well-structured, fruit-driven and stylish.
The 2000 Rioja Reserva Privada offers up pure, sweet black currant and cherry fruit, nicely integrated toasty new oak, and hints of smoke, licorice, and Provencal herbs in a spicy, medium-bodied, stylish format. This modern-styled Rioja should drink well for 7-10 years.
Full-bodied and earthy, with red plum, cola and tomato aromas. The palate mixes leafy, herbal flavors with candied cherry, and the combination proves to have issues. Finishes gritty, with hard tannins. More traditional than modern in style.
The hand-picked grapes come from our vineyard estate, Hacienda Pradolagar—124 acres of bush vines with the average age of 28 years and endowed with poor, shallow, infertile calcareous-clay soils. Marques de Vargas subscribes to the environmentally friendly concept and practice of sustainable winegrowing; herbicides and pesticides are not used in our vineyards, and only occasionally are organic fertilizers employed. The wine is made traditionally according to the old-world methods side-by-side with the state-of-the-art technology. The wine is bottled without any fining or filtering, resulting in an unprocessed and fully natural wine.
A restrained style of Rioja--not too earthy, not too ripe, and certainly not with the lashings of coconut-tinged American oak so often found at this level--the Vargas offers red cherries, red plums, and dried roses in place of raisins and black fruits and a sense of place as much as a portrayal of Tempranillo. This is very clean, balanced, and elegant, so much so that it can be easy to overlook if you’re used to a fuller throttle style.
Dietary Information: Organic
270000 bottles produced.
Aged 23 months in American Oak.
Aged 23 months in French Oak.
Aged 23 months in Russian Oak.
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