Enseguida se abre para dar de si todo lo que tiene. Clasicismo riojano en sus terciarios, elegantes, toque animal, especiado, fruta roja en licor, esas endrinas, esos tostados integrados, suman, no restan, complejidad y parece que está preparado.
En la boca el tanino está perfectamente pulido, paso agil, con frescura, para tomar ya (gracias 2003). Ese final chispeante, la acidez citrica de Rioja.
Un gran ejemplo de RCP y de porque Rioja es Rioja. Finura, tipicidad y clasicismo. Ole!!.
GRAPE VARIETIES: TEMPRANILLO ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 13%
Appearance: Clear, medium garnet.
Clean nose of pronounced intensity, developed. Aroma characteristics: ripe red fruit (redcurrant, cherry) with additional notes of earthiness, smoky wood, camphor, caramel and pipe tobacco.
Dry on the palate with medium(+) level of acidity and medium(+) level of ripe tannin. Medium level of alcohol, medium(+) bodied. Pronounced intensity. Aroma characteristics repeated on the palate, with a rose-like, floral quality interwoven with the redcurrant fruit note. Soft, slightly grainy mouthfeel. Long finish.
Good, old-fashioned, american oak-matured Rioja. Which, from time to time, I enjoy a lot. Woody notes are definitely noticeable, but they are really damn tasty - and wonderfully contrasted by the lightness, transparency and elegance of the tempranillo fruit-notes. Ready to drink, but will keep.
OK, I like this wine, but it needs 2 things - it must be decanted and it needs food. By itself the wine is disappointing, it is too herbal and woodsy without much fruit. However, after a 1 hour decant, a night in the bottle without the cork and with food it works. It is very herbaceous, but the fruit does emerge. I would not go out and buy another bottle because it does not line up with my palate but it turned out quite nice in the end.
Sought out this wine after seeing the folks rave about it on an episode of Vine Talk. Was really excited to open it up as my wife an I were enjoying a wine and cheese fest last night. Manchego, Gruyere, Havarti and Fromage D'affinois. Did meld very well with the Manchego, go figure Rioja working well with Manchego! The wine was not what I expected in that I got very little fruit. More herbal and like cedar with a touch of plums. Nice long finish but still confusing. Will give it another try tonight, but I don't see this wine as having a very long life.
The kenito799 review is dead on. This has a very unique taste that paired well with our pork chops. The herbal component is definitely noticeable, but pleasant and a welcome surprise for a wine from Rioja.
Absolutely vibrant Rioja....the oak melds perfectly with the bright cherry fruit,herbal and cedar notes that sing. Lovely medium body but an intense flavro profile, wonderful acidity, smooth but pleasingly bitter tannins. Fantastic QPR.
Medium bodied with a plushness and sweetness, amply fruited, and an aromatic and flavor profile of plum, dried cherry, leather, an earthy/sauvage component, and a healthy dose of vanilla/oak. Sharp acidity and fine grained tannins emerge on the back end. Seemingly showing significantly riper, richer, larger scaled, and more "modern" than previous vintages of this bottling.
drank over 3 nights. Ruby color. Floral, oaky nose with some age, quite cosy. medium/light palate, floral, oaky, slightly sweet, nice fresh acidity. A little tannins comes through in the end. long aftertaste. A rather light and refreshing, but interesting wine. This is why i love Rioja, have already bought more.
Absolutely delicious. Ripe for a La Rioja Alta wine but that's not saying all that much as this remains an understated wine. On the nose there is cranberry, cherry, leather, spice, and a bit of cedar. Really smooth and well integrated -- nothing out of place. Has some fruit, leather, and earth on the palate. The majority of the structure is provided by the acidity, but there are some fine, barely noticeable tannins. Drinking exceptionally well now, but I'm sure it will get better for a bit then hold for a long time. Really, really well done.
hello. lovely and traditional. i love the vintage expression this winery tends to show in the wines i've had. palate shows cherry, but a decent into some plummy minerality. there is a better way to describe this deep grainy/earth note in the nose. cold granite, and wet earth with a mystery deep sweet. that's better. medicinal dried cherries on the palate. red raspberry flavors and easy to swallow leathers. ample lean peppery black licourice. palate opens up to an earthy barnyard. gutsy and good. more than ample acid with well placed tannin for now and then. buy.
Super hot vintage and it shows on this one. So it shows cherry and tomato leaf and secondary. But god damn its just my cup of tea. Now I can understand why nobody would like it but I am a fan. Its a touch lush for the house, could be drier, but still has silkiness. I would wish for it to be more elegant, but then I would be wishing for something out of vintage. Tight now, needing some time in the bottle.
Ruby coloured, with purple touches, iniatilly a little shy on the nose, I wish I had decanted it, but after 30-40 min (we had it over lunch) it started to show its character, with spices, plum jam, floral touches, a little tobacco and a tiny touch of musk. Tannins still need time to evolve, but are of very good quality, giving this wine excellent structure with absolutely no bitterness. Not particularly long, but an overall good effort, with very good complexity and quality. Has still a few years to go to reach the top.
Has a nice little bit of mud/ funky dirt on the nose that I like. Color is a nice medium ruby; a good traditional rioja with some modern leanings; definitely showing some American oak. Balanced and tasty, not showing raisiny at all despite the ripe vintage. Quite good. 90