Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Champagne, and some blinds (Chicago, IL): Served blind. A slight whiff of funk, followed by American oak and menthol cigarettes. There's a very nice floral touch to it. Red fruited, and medium bodied, with some pretty light tannins -- this has definitely got at least five years on it. Vanilla on the palate, and despite all the overt oak, this is not harsh or offensive in anyway. I guessed Rioja, though got the age wrong.
This inexpensive juice gives a very good glimpse into the character of the famed Gran Reservas and other bottlings from this great producer. Though the wine is youthful, it is "old school", and reflects the terroir and personality of this estate. Love it or hate it, it is a wonderfully honest wine. I love it.
Direkter Anschlag mit Vanille und rohem Rind, super Tanine, beginnen zu schmelzen aber erst grad so, lebt noch lang der Wein. Schwarze Johannisbeeren (Cassis) und Kiefer. Ganz hinten Super Plus 98 Oktan. Sehr erfreuliche Entwicklung.
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(Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Ygay Reserva) Very dark ruby color; vanilla, berry, dill, very "typico" nose; tight, plush textured, tart cherry, red berry, vanilla, coconut palate; needs 2 years but will go for 5-8 years; medium-plus finish (84% Tempranillo, 13% Graciano, 3% Mazuelo; 22 mos. in American oak, including 8 mos. in new oak)