This bottle was a lovely gift from a very kind client, thanks Irving! A fine example of a mature Rioja Gran Reserva. The color was an outstanding clear ruby. The group made a decision to open and pour based on the bottles age. The bouquet was light, but the there were aromas of beef blood, leather and truffle. I picked up the metallic on my tongue immediately, but a rose petal and mild cocoa flavor was present. This wines high acidity has allowed for its ability to age so gracefully. EG
With the lads at Houstons. Fill was about shoulder. Color was absolutely amazing. Brambly, fruity nose. Some faded fruit on the palate, but satisfying. Good acidity that provided some brightness. Never faded over the 5 hours this was open. If anything, was brighter by the end of the evening when the last drop was consumed.
Funky and smokey with notes of cured meat, truffles, fennel, Asian spices and dried currants. Bold on the attack, but the wine fades away on the finish. This wine will surely have its fans, and while I found it interesting to drink, do not count me as one of them.
A nice garnet color in the glass with slight bricking at the edge. The nose was very fine, not explosive but ethereal and somehow deep, with notes of cigar tobacco, leather, red fruit, rust, and mushroom. In the mouth, this is among the silkiest wines I’ve encountered and bright with red fruit and even a little tannin and cacao. Very nice.
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.