Even after more than 10 years of aging, this wine had the structure to age even longer before reaching its prime. After two hours, this wine was hitting its peak, with rich black berries and dark plums up front. A mid-palate of cedar shavings and hints of vanilla gave way to softening tannins on the finish.
Bright ruby color turning violet at the rim with a nose of red and black fruits, vanilla, smoke and cola. The palate is bold, dry, full-bodied with a silky texture. Flavors of red cherry, currant, tobacco, dark chocolate and licorice form the core that's sharply intense that shoots through with a long, sustained finish with hints of grilled meat, dried herbs, and sweet tannins. This is traditional Rioja at its best. Drink now with 30 minutes decant until 2030.
Agree with previous notes. This wine was wonderful, but could be kept much longer. Rich, dark aromas of dark fruit, vanilla, leather and hint of spice to balance all wrapped up in a layered complex bouquet and palate.
Friends brought this to a 10/4/14 Tempranillo tasting. It had a deep, complex and musty bouquet of black cherry, char, mocha, vanilla, herb and spice aromas. The palate was rich, powerful, layered and dry with flavors of black cherry, mocha, rose hip tea, vanilla, herb, and spice. Our group’s average score was 90.33...mine 91+
Deep ruby in colour. Dusty nose with elegantly managed oak followed by lively mixed berries and layered with spice, leather, tobacco and cured meat. Nicely concentrated with intriguing fruit and a velvety mouth-feel.
before i proceed,let me emphasis tat wine bttl sip from different enviroment n different wine glass peform differently.pop n pour.soft structure.intense rich concentrated fruits.beautiful texture.focus.nice depth n complexity.sligthly over evident oak presence.aicidity cn b better here.tis bttl remind me flacianello 07.rather similiar style.(energy in fruits yet with elegance).conclusion:i reali njoy tis bttl.if with slightly less oak presence to my liking,wil score 1 more point here.
A serious White Night, and some Reds thrown in for good measure (Extra Space): Pop and poured. Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Long legs. Nose is clean, pronounced intensity, with toasted vanilla oak and plums. Developing. On the palate, dry, medium acidity, medium+ alcohol, high tannins, full body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of creamy vanilla oak and sweet red plums. Nice mouth-feel. Medium+ finish. Very good quality. Will improve with further ageing. Give it another 5-8 years before re-exploring.
Cor rubi/ roxa escura. Nariz com aromas ainda focados na fruta, que remetem a amoras azedinhas, groselha e framboesa, boa nota terrosa, sutil traço de fina madeira, toque defumado e alguma mineralidade.. Encorpado e notavelmente equilibrado, tendo excelente acidez, fruta elegante e bela estrutura com taninos muito finos.. Já bem integrado e agradável, mas ainda isento de terciários. Outra só após 2017.. (91+)
Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): Dark fruit, lots of vanilla, green quality; good texture with medium plus body, darker fruit on the palate, seemingly corked...on day two this was much better, open and expressive; good.
A nose of lifted complexity, showing black cherries, stewed berries and figs, fennel, dill, mocha and a note of damp earth. Gorgeous and intoxicating. The palate is very lively. Signature Tempranillo tartness and perky acidity give this a really fresh beat. The tanins are still quite juvenile - all blustery and a bit showy. The structure is excellent but tanins are still a touch drying at this stage. Overall, this is fantastic grape juice, still in its youth and with enough pedigry and stuffing to become something quite special in middle age.
Aussie Shiraz Tasting & Friday wine night at UE Straits (1855 and UE Straits Wine): Tasted blind. Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Nose is clean and pronounced with oak dominated aroma. Medium acidity, lots of drying tannins, and a full body, with lots of flavours of primary red fruit, and creamy vanilla oak. Medium finish. With more air, sweet plum flavours emerged. I guessed a relatively young Rioja Gran Reserva. This will need a few more years to integrate.
pop n pour.bttl decant 1 hr.nice structure n texture.cherry,plum,spice,slight earthy.traces of mineral n oak presence.elegance with power.nice balance.ting i dont like:slightly dry n rather short finish.tis bttl seriously nd time.another bttl deserve to collect.
Stunning wine. Decanted for 2 hours and then savored over 2-3 hours. Beautiful dark ruby colour. Bouquet full of some of the greatest purity of fruit I have ever tasted. Herbaceous notes of oregano and thyme as well. More subtle notes on the bouquet include cedar box and saddle leather, likely to emerge over time. Palate is loaded with 70% cocoa, blackberry, dark cherry and red currant bringing a medium acidity and tannins that are a little grippy as this wine is still young. Overall, this is one of the most balanced wines I have had in a long time. No wonder this producer just won the Wine of the Year for 2013 from WS. The 2005 impresses from start to finish. Can't wait to see what 5-7 years does to it in the cellar!
This was fabulous. Showing amazing grace, finesse, and elegance while maintaining good power and concentration on the palate. The nose was beautiful as well. Finish was medium+. IMO, this will be every bit as good as the 2001 and 2004. This was drinking beautifully, but is still so young in its development.
Donkerpaars. In de geur specerijen, donker fruit, eikenhout, vanille, tabak. Goede concentratie, romig rijp fruit en een mooie frisheid. Stevige, geïntegreerde tannines, mediumlang tot lang aanhoudend.
dark colour, purple n - initially very oaky, left overnight becomes tobacco & leather t - rich, a little impenetrable at 1st but opens up over night lots of supple tannins, long oaky finish, meaty and leather lots here, really needs time & def. food we ate it with slow roast shoulder of lamb and it went well give it 5-10 years
85% Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from over 20 year old vines all grown in Rioja Alta around Villalba and Haro. Aged for 36 months in 70% French and 30% American oak. Dark, inky ruby in colour. A mix of dark black fruit and damson leading the way to pronounced scents of leather, tobacco, tar and wet leaves. Dense and bold yet accessable and exuberant despite the high concentration. Rich tannins are far away from being aggressive. Long lasting and has a very good potential to age.
Having dinner with Puri. If compared with last Bordon GR 05, this had a darker colour, a mineral nose, a tannic palate. Overall this is a bottle for the patient, for those that have time to let it develop in ten years or so. Funny those low scores...
Cenando con Puri. Comparado con el último Bordon GR 05, tenía un color más oscuro, una nariz mineral, una boca tánica. Sobretodo esta es una botella para los pacientes, para aquellos que tienen tiempo para dejarla evolucionar en diez años o así. Divertidas esas bajas puntuaciones...