What a nose! Beautiful and elusive scents of soft red fruits and leather. The body is elegant, lithe, and feminine. The palate is acid driven with softened tannins - more fruit would improve this to the level of a stupendous wine.
Very special. Fragrant aromas of flowers, field berries (a mix of strawberry and cherry). Beautifully rounded medium-light body with acidity on the finish. Seems young, but obviously not. Has length and components to age further. Very complex; long finish. Very fine on its own or with lighter foods (fowl would be best).
Attractive on opening, but better after decanting for 45 minutes. Sublime after 90 minutes.
Garnet. Initial funky notes dissipate and then with time in a decanter the now-expressive nose reveals stewed strawberry, sweet cherry, old leather, and cedar. On the palate, youthful cherry dominates, with nice sweetness, and leathery, earthy accents. The finish shows just a hint of American oak, particularly dill. Such complexity! This is an elegant, aged, old-school Rioja that will likely drink well for another decade.
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(López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia) Wax capsule. No sediment of note. Left in the bottle at first, but as it showed slow evolution in the glass I decanted the rest and left it for an hour. Seemingly a pale hue when decanted, but a richer hue in the glass. Certainly a very mature hue though, mahogany with redder tones at its core. The nose is also very evolved, gamey, slightly suggestive of aged, sweetly tanned leather, with great complexity. There are also hints of liquorice and fennel, green olives and peppercorns, and dried plum fruit. A really full and broad texture on the palate maintained right through the middle, with faded tannin and fairly firm acidity, which helps to keep the finish nicely cleansed. Full, rather exciting tingle on the finish, and a really impressive length. Fresh and bright in its composition, with great acidity, lifting and freshening the dried fruit and roasted meat characters. Great substance on he finish. And it is very long too. Delicious.
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