Bodegas Franco Españolas, Rioja Reserva (Spain) “Rioja Bordón” 2011

($18, Vision Wine & Spirits): A more serious wine than their Crianza, Bodegas Franco Españolas’ Rioja Reserva is yet another example of how Spanish wines over-deliver.  It’s more refined and polished, delivering more complexity compared to the Crianza.  The Crianza’s vivacity is apparent here as well, which means you will not tire of it throughout a meal.  It’s a fine choice this winter for grilled meat. You cannot beat it at the price!
90 Michael Apstein Jan 3, 2017