Powerful nose with layers of aroma; black fruits, saddle leather, dried meat and tobacco. It's constantly changing every time you return to the glass. This is stunning and still so youthful, it has precision and clarity of flavour with pure black fruit balanced by perfect acidity, some real grip and layers of leather, tobacco smoke and meaty flavour. Incredibly long. An absolutely stunning bottle.
A Bottle bought in a sho in Haro, Rioja and drank the same night. The bottle did not have a wax cover so my guess is that it was a Reserva and not a GR.(this is the explanation we got in the winery the same day) Light red, some brown notes. Very nice elegant nose of red berries and plum. Mid bodied elegant palate, balanced, strawberry, acidity. Nice liquor finish if not very long. a treat. Drink now. 93 points, easily.
this didn't seem to have much gas in the tank either. i'd never had an older rioja before, and probably would have fed off the opinions of the others at the table, but they weren't too talkative about it either.
G7 (Alex): Faded red fruits, limestone, caramel. Mineral character. A bit flat. It's amazing to me that this 40+ year old wine is still alive. Another great opportunity to try such an old wine. 13% alcohol.
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