Not many regions offer such great value mature wines as Rioja, so when the opportunity arises to taste a wide selection of old vintages, we inevitably get excited. We found a small merchant based in Rioja that had an Aladdin’s cave of old vintages from top producers and the temptation to bring them in for a tasting proved too much to fight. Spain has a rich history of producing fine wines that age for decades. As styles have changed in the last twenty years and more international styled wines have emerged, the uniqueness of old-school Rioja offers a wonderful contrast to the super-slick wines that dominate the market today.
Now…we have no idea how many of these wines will be in good drinking condition. Most of the wines have good levels and some of them are excellent, but.....we cannot guarantee anything. So, if you decide to join us at this tasting, please bear with us. Some of the wines could be past it, but then again look at the line-up – this could be the best £50 you ever spend!
We have only one bottle of most of these wines, so places are strictly limited and you would be well advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
The format is the same as the usual walkabout events and we will be tasting the following:
Rioja Crianza 1970, Marques de CaceresRioja Crianza 1973, Marques de CaceresRioja Crianza 1975, Marques de CaceresRioja Crianza 1976, Marques de CaceresRioja Crianza 1976, Etiqueta BlancaRioja Crianza 1978, Etiqueta BlancaRioja Crianza 1973, MugaRioja Crianza 1974, MugaRioja Crianza 1978, MugaMarques Monistrol 1967Rioja Gran Reserva 1964, Vina SantanaRioja Reserva 1970, Senorio SarriaRioja Crianza 1974, Marques de RiscalRioja Crianza 1976, Marques de RiscalRioja Crianza 1982, Marques de RiscalRioja Gran Reserva 1959, FuenmayorRioja 1955, Yago CondalRioja 1970, Solar de SamaniegoRioja Reserva Imperial 1966, CVNERioja Reserva Imperial 1970, CVNERioja Reserva Imperial 1973, CVNERioja Reserva Imperial 1975, CVNERioja Vina Real 1973, CVNERioja Vina Real 1975, CVNEVina Ardanza Reserva 1969, La Rioja AltaVina Ardanza Reserva 1970, La Rioja AltaGran Reserva 904 1970, La Rioja AltaGran Reserva 904 1976, La Rioja AltaRioja Reserva 1973, GloriosoRioja Gran Reserva 1970, Paternina