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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at Contigo, San Francisco, California
For lovers of mature, traditionally made wine, our favorite stomping grounds are Piedmont, Madeira, and Rioja.
There are two reasons for this. First, you can still find great old wines at remarkably low prices. And secondly, even ancient wines (when acquired from great cellars) can be counted on to deliver incredible drinking experiences with mind-boggling consistency.
While the longevity of wines from Piedmont and Madeira are well known, far fewer Americans have been exposed to the grandeur of old Rioja. But those who attended our wonderful Contigo dinner on June 1 may now understand our passion for these incredible wines. They experienced fourteen amazing traditional Riojas that made a strong case for the wine culture that once existed in Rioja.
But the wines we had in June hardly dented our library of old Riojas. And so on Tuesday, October 11, we went back to Contigo, with an all-new line-up. Included were not only 13 more red Riojas (from 1961 to 1985), but also four soaring examples of the classic barrel-aged white Riojas that are nearly extinct today. No wines will be repeated from the June dinner. Here’s the complete list of what we were drinking:
1981 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Gran Reserva Blanco
1987 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Gran Reserva Blanco
1991 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Gran Reserva Blanco
1998 Marques de Murrieta Gran Reserva Blanco
1961 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Gran Reserva
1964 Bodegas Riojanas Vina Albina
1967 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Reserva
1968 Franco-Espanolas Royal Reserva
1975 Vina Lanciano Reserva
1975 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva
1978 Marques de Murrieta Ygay Gran Reserva Especial
1978 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Reserva
1981 Bilbainas Vina Pomal
1981 Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Gran Reserva
1981 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Gran Reserva
1982 Bodegas Riojanas Vina Albina Reserva
1985 Cune Vina Real Rioja Reserva
The wines were accompanied by a special menu created for us by Chef Brett Emerson, who, since opening Contigo in 2009, has made it an elite address for Spanish food lovers in San Francisco.
|2010||2010 Contino Rioja Vina del Olivo||2||$135.00||add|
|2015||2015 Contino Rioja Vina del Olivo||
|2015||2015 Contino Rioja Vina del Olivo 1.5 L||1.5 L||
|2016||2016 Contino Rioja Vina del Olivo 1.5 L||1.5 L||
|2017||2017 Contino Rioja Vina del Olivo||
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|2017||2017 Contino Rioja Vina del Olivo 1.5 L||1.5 L||
|2018||2018 Contino Rioja Vina del Olivo||
|2004||2004 CUNE Vina Real Rioja Gran Reserva (Signed, 1-Mag OWC) 1.5 L||1.5 L||3||$165.00||add|
|NV||NV Franco-Espanolas Bordon Rioja Cosecha Especial (1970s)||12||$84.95||add|
|1982||1982 Bodegas Lagunilla Vina Herminia Rioja Reserva||4||$74.95||add|
|NV||NV Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Rioja 5 Ano (1970s Release; Privately Sourced)||6||$145.00||add|
|2010||2010 Lopez de Heredia Cubillo Rioja Crianza||
|1983||1983 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Rioja (Privately Sourced; torn label, signs of past seepage)||2||$175.00||add|
|2006||2006 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Rioja Reserva 375 mL||375 mL||
|2007||2007 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Rioja Reserva||
|2007||2007 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Rioja Reserva 375 mL||375 mL||
|1982||1982 Riojanas Vina Albina Rioja Reserva (From a Private Collection)||5||$175.00||add|
|1985||1985 Riojanas Vina Albina Rioja Reserva (From a Private Collection)||3||$125.00||add|
|1988||1988 Riojanas Vina Albina Rioja Reserva (From a Private Collection)||3||$95.00||add|
|2004||2004 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva||5||$39.95||add|
|2017||2017 Zarate Albarino Tras da Vina 1.5 L||1.5 L||
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