A great example of what older tempranillo can be. Complex nose of wine cellar mustiness, stewed red and dark fruits, dry earth, old leather, dried mushrooms, and sweet spices. Palate has slightly less to offer but is quite vibrant for a 70 year old wine. Bottle was in fantastic condition. No decant, consumed over three hours.
Various Wines @ Salil's: This bottle was in almost unbelievable condition. Top of the shoulder fill level with an obviously older cork, but one that looks like it might be 40 rather than 70 years old. Good color, still holding a healthy ruby glow and a light garnet rim. This really took to air as it unfolded with multiple flavors and scents... none of fell into the caramel or dill spectrum, which older old-school Riojas can acquire. Earth, leather, dried red fruits and hints of brown spices. Velvety and long the palate. A wine that just puts a smile on your face with is weightless salvo of secondary and tertiary notes. Superb.
A really great bottle; the fruit's still surprisingly robust and vibrant, and there's tremendous aromatic complexity and depth here. Layers of spicy, leathery, earthy and smoky flavours framing the core of cherry and red berried fruit, and very polished and graceful on the palate with the tannins fully integrated and bright acids keeping it quite fresh. With air it seems to get fresher and more lively, and remains absolutely compelling over a few hours. A real treat, thanks Marco.
Opened blind at a wine club dinner and had high expectations for this - some laudatory tasting notes on CT from people who should know and this particular bottle has levels at the base of the neck.
Slightly barnyard-y sort of aromas upon opening, but they quickly dissipate.
A kaleidoscope of spices and cherry on the nose. So much energy. Red fruits, beautifully balanced acids and leather. A bordeaux type of Rioja. The group (including one budding MW and an experienced winemaker) guesses 1985 to 1990 Rioja or Bordeaux.
I've had a few 60+ years old rioja as of late and slowly coming to the conclusion that it ages better than bordeaux.
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(Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Viña Albina Reserva) Bricking, dark red violet color; aromatic, talc, anise, dried violets, baked cherry, raspberry puree nose; delicious, surprisingly youthful, rich yet elegant, rounded, ripe raspberry, tart cherry, talc, cherry syrup palate with a very long finish (this is the more delicate of the two top traditional cuvees for Riojanas, sourced from limestone vineyards and seeing less skin maceration than the Monte Real bottling)
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