Spanish Lunch (My place, parramatta, sydney): From Coravin. On the nose creamy, buttery, vanilla, spice over very slightly oxidised ripe red berry. With agitation a touch of herbaceousness. In the mouth there are flavours of tobacco and red berries and a touch of blackcurrant cordial, fine tannins and almost a slightly medicinal notes. Nice.
Upon pouring the wine opens up beautifully with dried cherry, cedar wood, and herbal characters including cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The body is interesting, since a lot is going on but it still goes down very smoothly. There is very high acidity, and medium+ tannin, but still a light to medium body. The finish lingers for a long time with pronounced oak aspects, almost leaving an impression of honey or caramel, though the wine is dry. Lovely and elegant are the best words to describe it.
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.
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