Category: tempranillo

🍷 TGIF! Enjoying

2015 Marqués de Cáceres Excellens Cuvée Especial (87 pts) from Rioja tonight. Vegan-friendly wine arriving in LCBO VINTAGES tomorrow for $17. Full review:

🍷 Enjoying 2006

Manga del Brujo (88+ pts)

from Spain tonight. I would say it has aged quite well for an $18 wine. Full review here:

🍷  TGIF of a long weekend! Enjoying

2012 Rioja Bordón Reserva

($20, 88 pts) from Spain tonight. Just arrived in LCBO VINTAGES. Full review here:

🍷  Happy Monday! Enjoying lovely 2011

Marqués de Cáceres Gran Reserva (89 pts) from Spain tonight. Available in LCBO VINTAGES now. Full review here:

🍷  My fantastic wine tasting with CVNE’s winemaker Maria Larrea. Read all about it here:

🍷  Happy Sunday! Enjoying 2005

Vallobera Crianza (88+ pts) from Spain tonight. 100% Tempranillo. Full review here:

2015 Bodegas Pinuaga Nature Tempranillo Vino de la Tierra de Castilla

Still feeling the lingering summer heat on this Wine Wednesday. So I’m knocking back some Tempranillo. Fresh cherry pie, strawberries, and earth on the nose. Similar on the palate where this is quite soft and pleasing. Nice acidity.

3/5 bones



14.5% abv

Castilla La Mancha, SPAIN

🍷  Enjoying this 2014

Marqués de Cáceres Crianza

(88 pts) from Rioja, Spain, tonight. Available in LCBO VINTAGES for $17. Full review here:

🍷 It’s Wine Wednesday! Enjoying this 2015

Altocedro La Consulta Select Blend (89 pts)

from Argentina. Available in LCBO VINTAGES now for $25. Full review here:



This will be the
first in a series of Wine Vs Wine tastings here at Dandelion. The idea
is basically that you’ll get to compare wines that are similar in some
important way and learn a little bit about the differences with an
expert. And then it’s also kind of like Spy Vs Spy in that, well,
differences and similarities may blur together at times, or the wines
may actually drive daggers in each others’ backs.

We’ll compare wines
from the two main regions for Tempranillo – Rioja vs Ribera del Duero –
and we’ll also compare two beautiful acid-driven Rieslings from the
same producer in the Rheingau. Your guide this week behind the Dandelion Bar is none other than Dandelion alum Alexa from Bonhomie Wine. It will be frivolous and delightful! As always, WINE, BREAD, CHEESE and VINYL!  


Eva Fricke, Rheingau Riesling 2017:

Her Rheingau Riesling shows notes of melon, pear and citrus, with a very distinct mineral backbone. We’re very happy to have it in the fridge as our go-to Riesling, and we believe the future of Riesling is female, specifically this one. $24

Eva Fricke, Kiedrich Riesling 2017:

steep hillsides of Kiedrich, in the southwestern part of the region,
are composed primarily of loess and loam, and the wines from this area
tend to be lively. Fricke’s ‘17 Cru-level Kiedrich is electric with
energy, transmitting lime, other citrus, floral and stone fruit notes
clearly across a mineral plane. More austere than her Rheingau bottling,
but just as perfectly balanced, very racy and perhaps more complex,
this will evolve at the table over hours. No doubt it would also evolve
in the cellar over the next decade. Fricke recommends a Burgundy
glass.  $30


Bodegas Hornillos Ballesteros Mibal Ribera del Duero 2016:

grape growers (and brothers-in-law) Miguel Hornillos and Javier
Ballesteros farm a combined total of 40 hectares of Tinta del Pais
(Tempranillo) at 770-890 meters altitude in the Ribera del Duero. They
sell the vast majority of their organic and biodynamically farmed fruit
to prestigious wineries in the region, preserving just a little bit for
their own tiny-production MiBal label. The wines display the power of
Ribera del Duero that make the wines famous and unique, with buoyant
energy and intense minerality to balance the rich flavors of black and
blue fruit, dried herbs, and savory earth. $16  

Marques de Tomares, Rioja Reserva 2011:

be fair, this is a grander Rioja and the Hornillos is a modest Ribera
del Duero. In addition to that, the Hornillos is also a very modern
style for Ribera del Duero, while the Tomares is very clearly an
old-school production, if a remarkably fresh one. The vines are sixty
years old, there’s a lot of oak involved, and the winery is still by the
grandchildren of its founder. The Tomares estate has more than 100
hectares under vine and some of the vines are over 100 years old. The
wine itself displays the power that has characterized Rioja but also
showcases classic cherry notes against dusty tannins. $32