Strong nose - warm and ripe dark cherries, old oak vats, leather, earth.....really secondary and savory. The palate is dark fruited with some oak flavors and lots more dusky savoriness. Totally smooth mouth feel and a powerful body.
5th bottle, paired with coffe-encrusted and seared sous vide cooked tenderloin filets with ancho chili sauce. A challenging dish to pair with, but the CVNE was OUTSTANDING! Same notes as previously, since every bottle has been boringly consistent: Classically styled reserva Rioja. Smoky oak and vanilla mixed with cherry and strawberry nose. Cherries jubilee. Well structured with a focused start of acid and tart cherries that blooms into the flavors of the nose along with cedar leather orange peel spice and mushroom. The oak and vanilla carry through but are well integrated and not overpowering. Long finish of the core cherries jubilee and smooth polished tannins. This is an extremely well made Rioja in the classic style. If you like Classic Rioja you will not be disappointed.
Drank one glass at a time over 5 days and vacuumed in between. Last day was by far the best.......a 10th day would be better still. Day 5 note: Opaque plum-red colour. Nose dominated on entry by heavy but harmonising new American oak, fleshy but firm red and black plum and cherry fruits, black warm tar macadam, star anise, black liquorice root.....lots more lurking in the background but stage-shy at the moment. Palate is wonderfully fresh mouthfeel with lively cola-esque black and red cherry fruit and lovely refined, clean assured tannic structure....coal tar. Hibernating power and resonance on the finish with a wonderfully clean, refined note that promises impressively for the coming 10-15 years and is a stand-out feature of the 2001s. This hasn't budged much since I drank it 2 years ago so patience is required.
Score only for right now, this will become higher for sure. Deep ruby but going mahogany to edge. On opening loads of vanilla and tart cherry. Big wine, power in reserve. Wall of dark cherry fruit, black plums, touch of cranberry. Wood smoke. Tannins are refined but need far more time to fully resolve, still puckering. Great acidity and length. You can enjoy it now but so much greater complexity to come.
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