Sunday, March 31, 2013 - Had this twice before but perhaps it's just beginning to really blossom - not unexpected from La Rioja Alta.
Bright damson and more subtle licorice notes were most prominent (+ one mysterious note - perhaps heather?) but there's so much more. It's soft, silky, and very fruity for 12-year old.
Decanted 90 minutes this time and sampled over the subsequent hour (admittedly, previous tasting were only sampled in the first hour - really not enough). Astonishing value. Get it while you can; the 2004 is already on the market and I can't imagine the 2001 will be widely available for much longer.