The wine is now very dark and full bodied since I drank it last in 2011. More dark cherry, prune and mushroom. The bright fruits are more muted than before but has a nice balance with some mild tannins and acidity on the finish. However, day two the structure breaks down to predominantly sour cherry. It is peaking. Don't expect further improvement on this one. Drink on day one.
Typical tempranillo taste and character. Bright red fruits with some acidity showing through. Medium bodied. Good pizza or spaghetti wine. 2nd day, color got darker and fruit characteristic not as bright but balanced with a touch of funk and I actually liked it better.
Dark red in color. On the nose I get red fruits like strawberry and raspberry and a little stinkiness with just the right amount of spice. On the palate there is some ripe red fruits and more of that earthiness and mustiness. This wine has a medium bodied mouth feel. On the finish there are some nice tannins that leave the mouth watering and it all comes together quite nicely. This wine is pretty good for how inexpensive it is.
Very nice, but not the '90' WS claims - Dark, ambering rim, medium bodied with a nose of plum, cherry, spice, cedar and vanilla, well made, nicely balanced, complex, smooth on the palate with very good length (88 Points).
Great QPR at around $10, solid everyday wine that is ready to drink, balanced wine with subdued tannins, perfect for a summer bbq when many flavors will be introduced. I will buy more since it will be at its peak for another 2-3 years.
This inexpensive Rioja has a purplish, ruby red color with medium length and hints of blackberry, blueberry and some oak. It was a very pleasant wine with a short finish but polished texture and medium to light body. It went very well with cuban steaks, rice and black beans accompanied by fried plantanes.
Very dark, not clear colour. Nose - delicate, subtle, dark fruits, forrest bed and mashrooms. When it opens, sour cherries. Taste - at the beggining, some accidity can be distinguished. Rather light. When it opens, tastes with cherries, accidity disapears. Medium finish. Expected more.
Heavy does of flowers on the nose with muted red fruits and blueberry musts. Very pretty and soft aromas. The palate tastes the very same with a medium + finish. Soft red fruits and very floral. Nice overall but not my cup of tea. Objectively speaking this is a good bottle of wine. Excellent for the price.
was looking for a red pairing to a spicy/creamy creole pasta dish (w/ chicken, sausage, shrimp). Didn't think it could be done, but wine merchant recommended this and he was right on. Slight hint of vanilla, otherwise pleasant and food friendly.
Dark Garnet red color. Strong cherry, oak, with tones of roasted meat and mushroom upon pour. This remained, but profile deeper with Red berry fruit on the palate. Medium body, off-dry Red. The balance of tannins and acidity makes this wine very food friendly. I can see the QPR being strong on this bottle. Tempranillo is no my favorite, but this is a decent bottle.
The nose is fairly discreet, with hints of spice, but none of the fig I usually find in Rioja. Similarly, I was a tad disappointed by the palate that didn't show as much fruit and was a little more woody. Not bad, just not exactly my style.
Very Old World! Aromas of vanilla, cedar, cherries, and strawberries. Upfront a punch of acid and sour cherries changing to sour cherries on the mid-pallet finishing with cedar and a little pepper. Nice tannins. Decanted it for about and hour and a half.
Off the list at El Pirata in Mayfair. This is a really soft, easy drinking Rioja with juicy plum, blackberry and vanilla flavors. Obviously ripe, but nicely balanced and refreshing on the palate. Highly enjoyable table wine.
I LOVE THIS BOTTLE. Very tipcal rioja in many restaurants throughout Spain and a nice bottle w/pleasant aroma, taste/linger and price. Entirely of Tempranillo and aged in American oak. Can't go wrong w/a house wine that's from an upcoming Bodega circa 1970's - Lan. $12 Voted Best Price for OldWorld value. Find it, buy it!