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Rioja anyone?

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I have a 1985 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva and have seen limited but very different reviews on this wine. Would like some input on the experience of others and what food I might serve this with before I open it up. Thanks.

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  1. you should move this post to the wine board.

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    1. re: artemis

      Thanks - this is my first post - couldn't figure it out. Will look harder next time.

      1. re: needwinehelp

        All good. I think you'll find the expertise you seek on that board. I'd also suggest being specific in your title, along the lines of "1985 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva - what to pair with it?" to really get people interested. Hounds love a challenge.

        1. re: artemis

          Great advice - thanks a bunch! That said, what do YOU think about the Rioja? : )

          1. re: needwinehelp

            We have moved this thread to the Wine board for you.

    2. A nice lamb dish would go with that wine!

      1. pasta in red sauce or pretty much any red meat

        1. Rioja and Jamon Iberico. Eric Azimov.
          http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

          1. Might be a bit late but...I went to a Spanish tasting last night and they recommended pork as a good match to rioja. whatever you have with it enjoy!

            1. Make sure you have another bottle as a backup.

              1. I've had later vintages of the Marques de Riscal and found that it went wonderfully with a simple Porterhouse, marinated in fresh garlic and salted. Let us know how it was!

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                1. re: zammdogg

                  I eventually went with grilled lamb. The Rioja was ok - I wasn't all that impressed, but then I didn't know the qualities of a Rioja to begin with but, still, it wasn't particularly flavorful. I will likely try another vintage again and probably a different label to get a bit of perspective - next time with beef. Thanks.

                  1. re: needwinehelp

                    Your 1985 reserva, even from a fine producer like Riscal, was likely over the hill...Gran reservas can last that long (I have had quite a few).