More fruit forward on the nose than the palate, but overall a well balanced tempranillo, with enough acidity to pair with pasta and meatballs. PnP, decanted and drank over 3 hrs without much change. Quite modern in style in terms of structure, with silkier tannins than I would expect from a Rioja. A solid and well-made, albeit not too exciting, tempranillo.
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(Bodegas Orben Rioja Orben) Very dark ruby color; initial reduction, tart black fruit, violets nose; very tight, tart black fruit, violets palate with firm, sweet tannins; needs 4-5 years; medium-plus finish 90+ points
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