Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2004

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

Item No. 96762
  • red wine
  • RP88
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2008
  • D90
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Winemaker's Notes

A blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano y Mazuelo.

A dark cherry colour with good depth. Balsamic aromas with hints of ripe fruit, complex and spicy. The attack is fresh and light, with soft, rounded tannins. The finish proves persistent with some reminders of toasted oak. Its passage through the mouth is pleasant and elegant, fresh and easy to drink.

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Fabio S. - Monmouth Junction, NJ (read all my reviews)

Although a good wine it's not for the faint at heart. Strong, better saying, too strong for me. There's personality and a little bitterness in this wine's soul.
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I really liked this wine. For the price, it is quite amazing. Smooth, nothing acrid about it and I can serve this to one certain French friend who spends copious amounts of money on wine and he enjoys it.
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Richard Hauser - Old Orchard Beach, ME (read all my reviews)

Love the robust spicy flavor of this wine. It definately has a unique character.
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John Shupe - Pittsburgh, PA (read all my reviews)

This wine is pleasant to the palate. A soft, velvety smooth texture. Nice hints of spice. A pleasant finish. I just bought the last 10 bottles from my local wine store to have a few for later. This bottle can be enjoyed by itself or is excellent with a nice red meat.
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Jon Hayes - Elkridge, MD (read all my reviews)

I feel that this wines main flaw is that it's bouquet does not match is finish. When I smell the bouquet It seems extravagent and exciting, but when i taste it seems to roll quickly off the palate b/c it feels light bodied and doesnt have a lot of tannin or spiciness. Maybe I just like wines that are powerfull like... the Rentas de Fincas i just had from Rioja, or the ViNa Zaco , or even the Terra unica from Valencia.... I'm just learning Spanish wines... but these later three were a little less expensive yet I enjoyed much more as I felt they were more complex.
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Jon Hayes - Elkridge, MD (read all my reviews)

I have just started drinking spanish wines, and have been focusing on Rioja. I felt that this wine being 90% Tempirllio it lacks robust character. What I've began to love in Tempirillo's is their expresive, bold, spicy, ecesntric bouquets and flavors... and I feel that this Reserva is more one note, not very complex, and although full bodied, has a short finish and is just not very exciting to me. I'm a novice drinker so take this as you wish... but I feel that it isn't spicy at all and is a little tart. The last reserva I bought was a mix w/ Monstrell and was much better for 1/2 the price.
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Learn About Marques de Riscal Map ItMap It

Wines of the Herederos de Marqués de Riscal has always been a leading and pioneering company in the wine producing sector. In 1858, it became the first winery in the Rioja to produce wines following the Bordeaux method and in 1972, it was the first winery to promote the Rueda Designation of Origin, where it produced its famous Marqués de Riscal white wines.

Marqués de Riscal sells its products in over 70 countries and its wines have enjoyed the highest international distinctions as well as numerous awards and mentions in the media.

Learn About Rioja

(ree-OH-hah) This highly regarded area of Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha...

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Learn About Tempranillo

Tempranillo(temp-ruh-NEE-oh) Grape that Reigns in Spain Most often associated with Spain, Tempranillo is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World ...

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