I've had better bottles than this, so perhaps bottle variation. this one was well-rounded, fruity still, nice acidity, but pretty much one dimensional without sufficient structure to suggest it would evolve further. Judging from this alone, I'd say the wine has fully evolved and will not improve. a telltale significant amount of sediment, so decant the next bottle.
2001 Rioja (Maryland): Pale ruby color. I get a nice mix of wild red berries, dusty earth, wet leaves. Fresh acidity on the palate, this has a tart approach (complemented by tangy red berry fruit), but the wine shows plenty of dusty tannins. An interesting blend of earth, tobacco and pickling spices, a crisp and refreshing finish. Expressive, refreshing, showing nicely but some cellar potential for sure.
I wager that if this wine were given blind to most oenophiles they would say it's 3-4 yrs old max. Seeing it might change their minds a bit because while impressively dark, there is a tiny band of brown that reveals part of the truth. Such is the vitality and freshness of this classic, old school Rioja, however, that Imdare say it easily has another 15-20 years of good health. It is certainly unjust to criticize the old school as being over-Oaked and under-fruited. The American oak is certainly perceptible -- especially on the nose, which is fragrantly oaky. What I especially like about this wine is that it is well structured without being austere. The tannins are still quite pronounced, and I'm sure that in 5 years they'll be less pronounced and interesting tertiary flavor a will emerge. Alas, it is my only bottle. I am tempted to buy another half dozen bottles for,the cellar to see how it develops.
Nose of red fruit, caramel, and herbs. This wine has a decent amount of life left. Tannins still present. Cherry on the palate, moving toward some earthiness and acidity, ending with some spicy caramel.
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(Bodegas Hermanos Peciña Rioja Señorío de P. Peciña Reserva) Bricking medium dark red violet color; appealing, maturing, tart plum, tart berry, dried berry, dried cranberry nose; tasty, mature, tart plum, ripe red currant, tart berry, dried berry, licorice palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points
(Bodegas Hermanos Peciña Rioja Señorío de P. Peciña Reserva) Bricking medium dark red violet color; tobacco, leather, dried plum, tart plum nose; tasty, tight, tart plum, tobacco, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 91+ points
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