My first 2005 Olivo: Opens up after a 2 hour decant and performs well for another 2 hours. Wood (cigar box) and spice notes. Slowly fruit emerges. Wild strawberries, plum and blackberry. Ripe and elegant - one of the loveliest Riojas I've tasted from this vintage. Best with substantial food at this stage. Still young. Has many more years to go. 93-94. Spent 17 months in oak, btw.
Sadly my last bottle of this...yes it will age easily for longer...but it's just so tempting now. Lovely crunchy fruit, beautifully balanced use of oak, fresh and just very satisfying. Went down well will turkey and all the trimmings on Xmas day. Have bought some 2010 to refresh the cellar.
dense dark opaque ruby, effusive clean red raspberry , sweet vanillin (deft woodwork; professional makeup job accenting positives not caked on to cover flaws), long, fresh, tart, and nice medium fine tannins. Getting some more of this one which is fun to drink now but should age long and gracefully given its stuffing and bones.
Couldn't wait any longer and just had to try a bottle. And - - - what a HUGE wine - not huge in the 17% over the top type of way, but huge in a mouth-filling, tooth loosening, mind-blowing sort of way. Great colour, deep core and pretty pink rim, with great fruit evident on the nose at the outset. On the palate, fresh acidity, ripe tannins with a hint of oak. Slightly drying on the finish, but so satisfying. This is way too young now, another 2 years at least before I get tempted again. I will still be drinking this is 10 year's time.
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