91 Points

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - Quite a stunner!
Darker red than usual Rioja, slight bricking.
Nose elegant and layered with dark fruits and licorice.
In the mouth this is a statement of Rioja from 2001. A great vintage and starting to show clearly in this wine. M- tannin M+ acids, slightly sweet fruit and medium bodied wine in great balance with itself. All components have come together snugly and the oak is not at all screaming. Leather, sumi ink and small dill intertwine with the dark fruits in a modern Spanish way.
The task for this wine now is to mellow with age and attract a few scars and bruises to become a very interesting and mature Rioja.
QPR is fantastic with this one. And it should be able to evolve for many years even if it is of a more modern expression.
W wife (also 91p) at Le Miel in Tobe (Yokohama). Decanted 4 hrs prior to restaurant visit.

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