Tea at Alex's (Alex and Fiona's in AMK): Absolutely lovely. This was quite at peak. It had a beautifully matured nose of dried strawberries, and then earth and smoke and herb and a lovely bloom of dried flowers. Wonderful perfumed stuff. On the palate, lovely clear acidity and velvety tannins were draped around a transparent core of red cherries and dried berries and preserved haw flakes, all seasoned with a gentle smoky spiciness. This had a beguiling softness wed to bright clarity - in other words, this had everything I like in a classic Rioja. It was Just thinning a little towards the finish, with a little steely spine sticking out, but otherwise this was really enjoyable. Lovely stuff, punching way above its price tag.
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