This wine continues to show well and as expected – slightly better than the last bottle in February 2014. Beautiful, well integrated blackfruit flavors. Shows great balance and smoothness through the middle into the finish. Good structure and length on the finish. Drinking at or close to peak, but no rush to drink up as it should last several more years. Excellent value for the money and glad I have one more.
Blackfruit and mineral qualities on the nose. Very smooth and medium to full bodied. Much better integrated than when I first tried it in March 2013. Lots of bright, black cherry flavors. Outstanding transition from fruit to finish. Adds in a mineral quality, some toast and chocolate notes on the finish. Tannins are very soft to almost fully integrated. This isn’t a tremendously complex wine in terms of its fruit profile, but where this wine shines is the mid-palette and the transition from fruit to finish. The richness and density are quite good and the seamless transition brings it all together. No rough edges here. While this may improve slightly, it’s drinking very well now and should continue on this level for a few more years. Great QPR.
The color is deeply hued garnet and translucent. The smells are plum, cedar, leather, and anise. The tastes are olive, plum, tobacco, coffee, red licorice, vanilla, and cedar notes. The tannins are formidable and the body is light. The finish is dry and a bit short.
Deep garnet in color and a terrific nose of smokey olives and black cherries. On the palate, this is medium bodied with flavors of cranberry, raspberry tart, crushed rock and spice. The tannins are grippy and somewhat astringent that will need some time to smooth out and the finish is nice and long. A very nice Rioja and a superb QPR at under $20/bottle.
The color is dense but see though and is dark garnet in color. The smells are dark cherries, vanilla, smoke, and olive. The tastes are tart sour cherry, camphor, currants, minerals, tobacco, and pine. The body is tight and the tannins are mouth coating and dry and almost coarse. This is a complex, but tough wine with old world character that has a somewhat lengthy finish.
Very nice wine. Decant for an hour though and let it open up some and it also becomes more balanced. Nice fruit and mouth feel and smooth finish. Great with food. Slightly better(more balanced) than the Vina Olabarri which is similar in style. 89+
In lovely condition at seven years in, needing only a little bit of air to come to life. Wet earth and dried currant in the nose. Plum and date fruit up front, with vanilla lingering in the moderately tannic finish. Excellent structure, and with enough age to bring everything together smoothly. Very enjoyable.
Quite ready to drink now; but probably will last for another 5+ years, this was a great example of a Rioja- I had not had a decent one in years. Hints of vanilla and medium finish with moderate tannin structure for an '05.
nach 1 Stunde im Decanter ( unbedingt erforderlich) kommen die Vorzuege des Weins zur Geltung : ein nicht zu holzlastiger Rioja mit Kirschen , dunklen Fruechten mit der typischen Vanillenote . Langer Abgang. Fuer den Preis ein Best Buy !