Dark berries, smoked meat, melted licorice, and vanilla oak with hints of roses. Complex yet subdued. Modest acidity for Rioja. A little too full of ripe fruit and glycerin for my tastes. But all in all this is very nice.
Great, mature red Rioja drinking in a great window. Opened and decanted 1.5 hours before dinner of grilled chicken fajitas with all of the taco fixings. Musty, ripe raspberry nose with some wet earth and funk. The palate is medium, creamy and smooth, bringing loads of sweet vanilla, dried cherries, herbs, spices, mocha, and more red fruits, including lingering hints of fresh strawberries into the finish. These wines tend to last so probably good through 2025 at least. Will probably gain complexity.
Beautiful nose, ripe black cherries, really well balanced and delicious. Cocoa, tobacco and deliciousness in the finish. J says, fruit still opening up in glass after an hour. Wow, this tastes more like Merlot/Cabernet or some other Bordeaux rather than what we thought was tempranillo. Well done Miguel Merino!
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(Miguel Merino Rioja Gran Reserva) Medium dark ruby color; dried thyme, lemon verbena, incipient tobacco, cigar box, thyme nose; complex, deeper register, tobacco, tart dried black fruit, tar, dried blackberry and blueberry; needs 4-5 years and should go 20+; long finish (29 mos in 18 French barrels & 11 American barrels; 96% Tempranillo with Mazuelo, Garnacha, Graciano; Barolo-like; great buy at K&L for $40)
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