This still feels so very youthful given its age; Quite full-bodied, the palate is packed with ripe cherries, tobacco and leather, with a nicely expressive finish; I would recommend a long decant if you drink now, with this continuing to provide pleasure for a long, long time
Drinks at Chez Simo (Chez Simo Bistro - Chicago, IL): Liked this quite a bit. Nice nutty, earthy, red-fruited aromas with airy but powerful. The palate was in a great place. Still retains a nice structure, with great spice notes, smokey nuts, cherries, plum, and earth. Can probably go many years.
Dinner at Chez Simo (Chicago, IL): Really gotta stop opening young Rioja. Heh. This comes off with a very reticent nose, not showing very much except a hint of oak and vanilla, and a larger dose of leather. Whoa, this is leathery. The palate has the same qualities about it. It's quite demure, but with a charming floral tone that ought to get bigger in magnitude with more air/age. There's a lot of fruit in the background as well that I imagine will just need more time to come around. This bottle did look like a late release -- the label was pristine.
Rioja: Classic vs Modern (Riga): Aroma of wilted autumn flowers, dried roses, dried berries, a touch of barnyard, acidity can be felt already on the nose. With time the nose develops into a beautiful honey aromas and gets more balanced. Quite high acidity on the palate, mushrooms, medium light body. A good example of classic traditional Rioja.
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(C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva) Bricking medium dark red violet color; aromatic, tobacco, sauteed mushroom, dill, light brett nose; tasty, silky textured, refined, tart cherry, mineral, raspberry, strawberry palate; long finish 96+ points
(C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva) Bricking very dark red violet color; aromatic, soaring, licorice, dried berry, lavender, floral, violets nose; youthful, refined, dried berry, tart raspberry, licorice, violets, black raspberry palate; good now but could use another 10 years and will go 50+ years; long finish
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