Dark garnet. Grilled herbs, leather, cedar and cinnamon on the nose. Modest herbal funkiness. Red fruit, dried cherries, tobacco, stones and long herbal finish. Nice complexity. Did need at least an hour to fully open up.
Totally in my wheelhouse. Gorgeous aromatics. Grenache gives it wonderful fleshy fruit, raspberry. Nose is more cedar, graphite & smoke. Touch of funk with air. Love it. More California cab fruit profile than your typical Spanish Tempranillo.
My worries that this would show as sappy, resinous and all-around overly ripe, were unfounded. Instead, this showed brilliantly, with really great lift, and the EtOH fully resolved. Fine tannins frame this sensibly full-bodied effort quite artfully. Much more balanced and fresh than I was expecting. Held since release and Audozed for 8 hours prior to service. Really happy with my purchase. 14,5% abv, drink thru 2024, recommended
Served non-blind. Excellent with my main course of pappardelle with cinghiale
Red Spain (Riga): Nose of olives or some vegetables as well as licorice, pencil lead. Also balsamico and caramelised onions. Tannins still strong. Complex and elegant. Very interesting development in the glass. (A-)
Tasted after 8+ hour slow O. Thick, resinous nose of sweet, dark fruits, oak, and earth - in that order. Full bodied with a rather soft mouthfeel, the tannins are integrated and the acid just barely keeping the wine in check. Palate caresses and coats the tongue with honey, maple syrup, cardamon, nutmeg, plums, blackberries, and black licorice. Not certain of what to think, there are elements that I like, I think if there was more acidity to make the flavors pop, and a little more structure to give the flavors a space - then this wine is a home run. That could probably be said of more than a few wines, I guess I just wanted to like this wine more than I did. If I had any cellared, I'd definitely check in on the evolution this wine soon to see how it is aging.
Big, big wine. Was a bit overpowering until decanted for an hour. More balanced slightly oaked cool mineral flavors. This wine needs a while to be at it's prime and will be really, really good. Tight and big with great body.
Rich ruby-garnet color, nose dominated by bright red fruit, red apple skin, and red Jolly Rancher candy. Creamy, milky vanilla quality adds to the mouthfeel. Loses concentration entering finish. Still primary.
Did not have the opportunity to take extensive notes. This wine was deep, rich and complex. The palate exceeded the nose, which was light and fruity. The wine, dark garnet in the glass, revealed mocha, tobacco, spices, and rich fruit. It's hefty, but not so much that it did not overpower the selection of cheeses we enjoyed alongside. Ihav emore and am glad I do.
Dark garnet color, nose of pipe tobacco, vanilla, candy apple, white peppercorns, and wet leaves. Palate has good concentration, chocolate-grenadine character, a milky texture, and gripping acidity and tannins. Quite young.