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Rioja anyone?

needwinehelp Jul 18, 2010 12:16 PM

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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    zammdogg Aug 2, 2010 03:39 PM

    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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      needwinehelp Aug 3, 2010 12:55 PM

      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
        penthouse pup Aug 3, 2010 02:58 PM

        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).

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      RCC Jul 28, 2010 11:53 PM

      Make sure you have another bottle as a backup.

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        boomsticks Jul 28, 2010 08:05 PM

        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. wolfe Jul 18, 2010 04:24 PM

          Rioja and Jamon Iberico. Eric Azimov.

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            chuckl Jul 18, 2010 04:20 PM

            pasta in red sauce or pretty much any red meat

            1. cosmogrrl Jul 18, 2010 01:03 PM

              A nice lamb dish would go with that wine!

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                artemis Jul 18, 2010 12:29 PM

                you should move this post to the wine board.

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                  needwinehelp Jul 18, 2010 02:10 PM

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

                  1. re: needwinehelp
                    artemis Jul 18, 2010 02:25 PM

                    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
                      needwinehelp Jul 18, 2010 03:16 PM

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

                      1. re: needwinehelp
                        The Chowhound Team Jul 18, 2010 06:30 PM

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

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