Glad I bought some even though it was not exactly best vintage. Toasty oak with incense, dark fruit and touch of salinity. Drinking at a good spot right now. Prices have been inching up. Sediments not a problem at least with this vintage.
I think this wine is now in a good place for drinking. Nice balance. Lots of cassis and blackberry and blackcurrant on the nose and palate. The heat seems to have moderated on the finish, which is a good thing. Fairly rounded in the mouth. a good bottle.
Certainly more of a modern styled Tempranillo, the nose is rich with cassis, black raspberry, tobacco, leather, damp earth, hints of vanilla. The palate is ripe, but maintains nice balance, and is relatively elegant. Quite nicely done and seems to be in early maturity now, but with years ahead of it.
Dark color, purple, deep, rich nose of plum, cherry, expresso, some tobacco. On palate concentrated but balanced,beautiful and balanced tannins, Spanish flare. Long rich finish. Beautiful bottle with many years to go. Sad it was my last bottle. Drank at Racion
Earthy - evokes memories of a root cellar, cigar box, old wood, meaty. Reminiscent of a freshly raked pile of dusty autumn leaves. I can appreciate why some would be put off by this nose, but it is a mature, complex old world bouquet.
Blackberry and cassis are predominant with undertones of charcoal. Soft round tannins and a finish that lingers....
not a formal note but from memory This had a youthful deep red colour an enticing spicy nose and was fruity and fleshy on the palate. It has lost some of the oak of youth but still exhibits mainly primary flavours. This was very enjoyable and a welcome experience after an unimpressive 95 last year 92
Typically Ribera aromas of old wood, funk, scorched earth, vanilla, plum, soy, tobacco. Spicy, sour plum, pomegranate, licorice, good acidity, still firmly structured. There's elements here I like a lot and some I'm not so fond of like the rustic, somewhat charmless palate. Much better with grilled lamb than alone. Hard to envision this seeing any improvement with time.
Beaucoup d'aciditié volatile encore une fois (certains parlent de bretts), je pense qu'on est avec un rhône nord un peu âgé. Très charmeur et élégant, belle profondeur, acidité légèrement déficiente, petit creux en milieu de bouche, finale un peu austère mais longue. Délicieux, je pense que ce vin est parvenu à son plateau, rien ne sert de l'attendre longtemps.
Had to have this after I found out Spain had the #1 wine for 2013. Excellent example of a great rioja with earthy note not very fruit forward,some plum flavors and slight vanilla. Straight finish on the earthy notes great wine with lamb or a nice porter house you can even throw in some french fries ala americana.Roasted patatoes will go well.
Donkerpaars, verkleurend naar baksteen. Redelijk ontwikkelde neus met kersen, pruim, tabak. Vol, rond en geconcentreerd in de mond met donker fruit, pure chocolade en mokka. Lange afdronk met behoorlijk drogende tannines, waardoor de wijn wat uit balans is (na 7 uur in de karaf). De tweede dag zijn de tannines wat beter geïntegreerd en is de wijn gebalanceerder.
Rioja and Ribera (Cambio del Tercio): Curious dark, stinky nose. South African rubber from the bad old days. Blue black fruit. Smooth, a touch jammy. Thick. This should be labelled Malbec. Ribena is cheaper. Again, this could show reasonably with the right food, but coming at the end of an evening of mature Rioja is doing this no favours. ***
Probably better than bottle drank couple of years ago. It seems austere, serious but adapting to all sort of meat foods. Elegant, not explosive, an easy wine to drink. Still an issue with the price for the quality comparing with other Riberas.
A dark colored wine with an inky core,some age is apparent on the rim that shows a crimson hue that hints to some browning. Delicate floral aromas on the nose with plums, currants, cherries, coconut, espresso, sweet tobacco, roasted meats, burnt earth, vanilla pod, cinnamon, cloves, and crushed rocks. Dense flavors on the palate with dark cherries, plums, blueberries on the attack that leads to a midpalate filled with blackberries, raspberries covered in dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and acidity that keeps on going. The finish is long lasting, quite fresh, filled with sweet dark fruits, a balanced quantity of creamy vanilla, spices, crushed stones, and sappy tannins. A silky textured full bodied wine with delicious flavors, however the alcohol sticks out a bit on the finish, after ten years it still seems as young as it was on release!
A why-not bottle of wine but just not delivering. It is medium bodied but feels somewhat thin. Bright acidity but lacking depth. Bad bottle? In any case a huge step down from my previous scoring of 94. One bottle left and no high expectations. Will give its some more years to develop nuances.
Deep color. Lovely bouquet featuring red fruit, currants, mint, herbs/garrigue and a hint of vanilla. Has some tannin to integrate yet, but what is there is balanced by plenty of fruit. Has an abundance of fruit on the palate, along with earth and herb notes. Long finish.
Complex nose of red fruit with additional notes of sandalwood, wet stone, tobacco. Palate is equally layered. Tannins are rich but not overpowering. The wine evolved over the hour or so we drank it. Eventually developing more old world characteristics. Nice long finish.
Consumed over two days. Day 1: dark crimson color, quite shy on nose, dark fruit, spice. Palate is smooth and fruity with just noticiable tannins at the back end palate. Day 2 is such an improvement. Nose is quite complex and very aromatic: orange peel, red mature fruit, forest floor, cinnamon, incense, tobacco, graphite, indian ink, all over layers and layers of fruit. Palate is even more smooth, medium bodied, black liquor fruit, medium acidity and a medium finish.
Hafifçe mat,mor röfleleride olan koyu vişne renginde.Önde vişne,erik gibi olgun meyve ile birlikte,tarçın gibi tatlı baharat,tütün,kuru meyve,çikolata notaları mevcut.Damakta yumuşak,diri asitli,fıçı tanenleride hissediliyor.Orta uzunluktaki baharat ağırlıklı bitiminde asit canlılık katarken fıçıya ait nüanslar ve olgun meyve yapısı,modernist olduğunu düşündürüyor.
Anfangs tief-aromatische, dunkle Nase von Gewürzen, Leder, Tabak, Pfeffer und Frucht, am Gaumen weich und voll; leider mit zunehmendem Luftkontakt wieder einmal in seine Komponenten zerfallend mit dominanter Säure und alkoholischer Note. Kann weiterhin nicht überzeugen!
Black purple color in the glass with no signs of age. The nose was full of warm aromas, dark berries, chocolate, and toasty oak. The mouth feel was smooth and medium weight with med + acid. Overall this a very good wine, that certainly is showing sings of a warm vintage but it did not exhibit cooked flavors or port notes. Plus the acid in this wine prevented the the wine from becoming to round and without structure. I would say drink or hold.
Vanilla, cream and dark berry's. This wine has aged beautifully. I initially thought the drinking window on this wine would peak in a couple of years but it seems that this one has many years to go. Drinks amazingly well now.
Excelent Ribera despite below expectations. Not the best quality price in the market. Sherry color, deep in nose, some chololate, nice in mouth, powerful with rounded tanins. Lenghty. A bit disappointed as not superior to several Riberas with half of the price. Probably needs some more time in bottle.
Veldig mye eik. På nese og i munn. Den overskygget den mørke frukten, plommene og hintet av tobakk som lå under. Søt frukt som harmonerte dårlig med den forholdsvis solide syren. Noe som gjorde at jeg tenkte den er syrejustert. Likevel var det noe som pirret meg med denne. Om jeg skulle finne ut hva det var, måtte jeg hatt fler. Det har jeg (heldigvis) ikke. Medium lang. Rotete i munn.
Deep color, high-ish viscosity. Upon opening the wine was tight, backwards and showing a bit of age; it was slightly h-ani-mal a la Burgundy/Rhone at first but not Brett, just bottle funk... As it opened the funk gave way to dark blue and black fruit, dry herbal notes, vanillins, leather, rootbeer and mulberry extract. Over the course of three hours it became plush with blue fruits, toasted anise, dry dill, cocoa butter on leather and dry, bitter chocolate; the tannins were soft and chewy; moderate acids were balanced with nice schwack of alcohol; moderate length and complexity, just what I would expect from a baby Vega. My impression is that wine has many years in front of it properly cared for, though it is enjoyable now.
Superb Ribera. Already drinking very well but will continue to improve over the next couple of years. On the nose it's spices, red berries and hints of tobacco. In the mouth, it's a blockbuster, complex and rich with fruits, slight oakiness and a long and satisfying finish.
Minneapolis Wine Club Spanish Reds (Anna's House): Dark! On the nose black fruits, cedar, spice and leather. On the palate the wine is very intense and concentrated. Firm tannins and a medium to lengthy finish. This needs some cellar time to open up. 93+
Two bottles were opened late Dec. One decanted for one hour the other for three. This wine is a classic Ribera del Duero. I was surprised by the scores of the other CT users. These bottles were fantastic. I tasted my first bottle of the 2003 in the middle of 2008. It has improved nicely and drinks very well now but should gain more strength as it ages. I can see why a few reviews state it is over ripe. The tannins are definitely ripe but in a great way and one that is classic of the RdD. The structure of this wine is impressive and it is a better bottle than the 2002. The wine has a violet color with spice, cherry and plum on the palate. The finish is fantastic. Other flavors were prune, ripe berries and a touch a vanilla. The wine performed great alone but it is a fantastic dinner wine. The acidity and tannins are still solid. This wine should rink well for 15 or more years.
Needs more time. Youthful and very tannic at present. Chocolate, earth and a bit of blackcurrant - I would expect that to develop more with time. Soft and signs of a hot vintage but balanced and with good fruit. Will probably always be on the tannic side.
Had this wine over about 6 hours. First glass out of the bottle, others out of the decanter. At first the aromas were more Rhone than RdD. Then I noticed the ripeness. Just seemed too ripe. At times I enjoyed some herbal/vegetal elements along with earth and asphalt but the prunes kept coming in. On the palate there were more ripe plums. At times it showed its balance and heft but at others it just tipped to too ripe. Lot's of complexity and the middle and finish as very appealing but at the front it just came on too strong. I expect more from this wine. I will say it did seem shut down and somewhat hidden but there was no hiding the occasional prune. I hope the 04 is dialed back down.
Great spice, fig, prune, classic elegance. I am much more impressed with this wine right now then I have been in the past. Driving acidity on the palate. Meaty on the back palate. Showing its Vega Sicilia origins with acid.
Deep purple red. Nose of licorice, cherry and plum. Very supple wine, smooth, silky and elegant, showing great character of tempranillo and quality of fruit. Good length but not a lot of complexity, rather abundant fruit, berries and cherries. Polished, supple, elegant, with pedigree; I do wish it had more complexity. Great weight.
Utter and unalduterated pleasure. Deep, dark colour - fantastic nose of earthy, rich fruit - leather, vanilla. In the mouth this is deep rich sweet fruit - really intense but balanced with acidity and tannins. In a good place right now - rewards further time in the cellar - maybe 5-8 years, but this is a real g-spot of a wine right now. Young right now, but drinking some now is not a crime if you also have some to age.
CT London Event (Hide Bar, Bermondsey, London): Performed a touch better than when I had it last year. Very nice nose - dark and smoky, with cigar and pepper notes along with sappy dark cherries and fragrant spice frills. Palate was still a little primary, dominated with sweet, sappy cherries and spice with more of the cigar smoke billowing about. Very modern, plush and smooth, but very nicely balanced. As Pjaines said, this wine is all about plesaure. Finish had good length, closing with a flourish of toasty tobacco and smoke. I think some time would help to round the wine out and give some complexity.
Ooooh this is a sneaky little wine. straight out of the bottle this is full on fruit and quite aggresive but give it time and there is serious complexity here. Notes of meat, vanilla, balsamic, oak and very dark fruit give way to bitter chocolate and a super long finish. Not in the class of the 2004 but for 30 quid this is a pretty good wine. Needs a few years in the cellar but will age very well. Excellent
Nice purple hue in the glass. Toasty oak and smoke in the nose. Medium-bodied with nice tobacco and red fruit in the mouth and abundant, but well-integrated tannins. A pleasure to drink after a long decant, and will surely improve with age. And, I think it pairs nicely with nearly every cheese
Dark robe of chocolate, mocha, plum, classy toasty oak, smoke and touch of all spice. Good acidity and firm tannin. Gets better in the glass. A fabulous showing tonight. 14.6% alcohol. On day 2, even better. Complex plummy. dark cherry, toasty oak and vanilla. Fabulous. Better than 2002 tasted last year. 93 points.
Even in a very hot year in a warm climate, an impressive wine. The fruit is a bit more on the roasted/baked side, the wine is rich and dark, but it is still quite pretty. Still some elements of freshness to the fruit to balance the rich roasted earth and pie fruit. On the palate a bit monolithic but balanced acid, great mouthfeel with some chalky tannins remaining. Finishes long with a bit of tannic clench. Not up to the 01 and 04, and pushes the boundaries of ripeness for me, but a great wine for the vintage and worth buying depending on price (I got it on closeout).
2003 Bodegas y Viñedos Alión Ribera del Duero (Spanje, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero Kleur:) Diep donkerrood, iets bruin-oranje randje Aroma / bouquet: Rijp rood en zwart fruit, dominante maar aangename houttonen, beetje metalig, zoethout / drop Smaak / Afdronk: Vol, klein zoetje, beetje metalig smaakje, veel structuur, zachte en ronde tannines, Algemeen / potentieel: Mooi glas, maar op dit moment niet op zijn top. Nog zeker een paar jaar geduld gunnen. 50 + Kleur: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 10 + Smaak / Afdronk: 16 + Algemeen / potentieel: 9 = 90
100% tinto de fino and 100% new french. Again, really lovely black fruit. Rich in texture and power. A little bit over the top on price at $77 or so. Great wine but man that euro beat it around on price.
Spanish Gems from World Class Producers (Caveau): Dark red. An extremely savory nose of salted duck soup with wolfberries and cooked berries. Savory flavours of satisfyingly ripe stewed blackberries with hints of tomatoes. Friendly approach and a smooth velvety finish.
Spanish Gems from World Class Producers (Caveau, Singapore): The most modern of the Vega Sicilia wines - I am not sure whether this is a consequence of the wine-making, the vintage, or both. Very dark, inky purple. Ripe, plush nose, showing cassis fruit, cooked cherries and pepper tones. This translated into the palate, which was as ripe as would be expected from the colour and nose, and full of cassis and pepper tones. Surprisingly for 2003, this showed very fresh acid, almost a little sour and full of bite, which gave the wine a pleasant balance. Longish finish, very smooth, with just a hint of heat. Well-made wine, but in a really friendly, ripe, very forward style.
A nose of toasty oak and spice. On the palate Tobacco, Mocha, and a mix of berries The finish is strong with spicy cigar box. Overall very focused Ribera del Duero. The flavors are by no means unexpected or extraordinary for the area but they are much more refined and balanced than most. A smooth drink from attack to finish. What you are paying for is the elegance of the wine. A heavy weight boxer with velvet gloves. A great wine for spain.
Great wine. Dark red fruit, plum, tobacco, and pepper. Focused and pure, with firm acidity and young but integrated tannins. I'm impressed with how the better Ribera estates managed the heat of '03, and this is a great example -- ripe, but not overripe or jammy. Plenty of oak, sure, but smooth and unobtrusive. An excellent value, and it'll just get better with time.
Inky purple; intense wild blueberries, blackberries, tar, cedar, vanilla; concentrated berry, dark chocolate, smooth, medium-full body, good structure, beautiful balance, firm ripe tannins, lingering finish. Decanted 2 hrs. A great wine. The complex nose jumped out of the glass. On the palate there was a tremendous balance of concentration, refinement, body, acidity and tannin. Approachable now and should age gracefully. Worth its price.
Audozed por 9 horas e decantado por mais 3. Aromas de especiarias, café, floral intenso, cereja e esmalte. Na boca claramente muito novo ainda. Concentrado, muita fruta, com taninos bastante numerosos e acidez na medida. Reflete sim a safra quente que lhe confere algum "dulçor" e características de fruta em compota. Grande vinho, de extrema qualidade e elegância. Deve melhorar com o tempo. Excelente. 92+
PI. Impressões de aromas e gostos semelhantes, porém menos otimistas do que as da nota anterior. Potente e cheio de fruta, com notas tostadas em destaque e acidez moderada. Embora se tenha notícia de que a colheita foi antecipada para meados de setembro, reflete um pouco a safra solar, com fruta mais madura, quase em compota. Madeira ainda não totalmente integrada. 90-91(+?)O/E.
In Bodegas Campos restaurant of Cordoba with Annick. Everything that you expect of a wine of Vega Sicilia: flat, full of cocoa, of wet tobacco, of leather, of wood, of flavors to black fruits, of vanilla. .... even so was a matter of a wine very young that deserves a time laying down. The next bottle, not before 2.010
En el restaurante Bodegas Campos de Córdoba con Annick. Todo lo que se espera de un vino de Vega Sicilia: rotundo, lleno de cacao, de tabaco mojado, de cuero, de madera, de sabores a frutos negros, a vainilla.....aún así se trataba de un vino muy jóven que merece un tiempo en tumbado. La próxima botella, no antes del 2.010
Decantado por cerca de 1h. NM. Aromas de café, esmalte, frutos negros e cereja, com tostado bastante intenso. Seco, amargor moderado, boa acidez, concentrado, resinoso e mineral. Taninos muito numerosos e marcantes, ligeiramente secos. Lembra um pouco o Pintia de mesma safra. Qual terá sido o tipo de madeira e tostagem utilizados? Inegável qualidade, mas considerando as safras anteriores, o estilo deste não é o meu preferido. Tem algum potencial para evoluir e pode ser que melhore com o tempo em garrafa. 92+ptsE.