Served alongside the 81. A little fuller and fresher initially, seemingly more than a year younger than the 81. As previously, bright acidity, fading red fruit and a touch of orange peel. Lacks the vibrancy and depth of the 81 which opens up and pulls away from it over the course of an hour or two. Similar to previous bottle last summer. The 81 is the better wine. Still, very good trad Rioja in its own right. ****
Mid garnet. Quite a spicy, lifted nose with a slightly herbal element. Quite light, bright, with good acidity. A touch or orange rind and fireside spice with a (slightly fading) red fruit profile. Not easy, but there's quite a bit of interest here. Opens and hold well over 90mins or so. A fine, cooly silky texture and profile. **** but it probably needs to be your thing. I can see myself following a bottle over an evening with pleasure.
The bottle has been opened for some days, so my tasting note is going to be anything but accurate, anyway:
Clear deep brown colour with presence of legs. The nose is clean and fully developed, showing pronounced intensity aromas of raisins, dried figs, prunes, chocolate and coffee. The wine is dry in the mouth with a medium- acidity, medium+ tannins, medium alcohol, medium+ body and medium+ intensity flavours of raisins, dried figs, chocolate, coffee and hazelnuts. Medium+ finish.
I am not going to asses the quality since this wine is obviously past its best.
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