What a magnificent time machine this 15 year old wine is, allowing us to experience why the 2001 vintage was one of the greatest in Spain. I still vividly remember seeing tasters of a $12 2001 Crianza ordering cases as soon as they tasted it, that blew away Reservas in subsequent vintages. This Reserva is in spectacular shape, black to the edge with bright acidity and tannins strong enough to be drying and to handle any fatty meat. Very smooth and exceptionally integrated, while still finishing firm and dry. Excellent concentration, rich black cherry fruit, and briary tannin, with zero sign of any eminent deterioration.
Consistent with previous bottles. Opaque purple in color, this wine shows intense aromas of cedar, espresso, leather and tobacco leaf. The mouth feel is full-bodied with added elements of toffee and vanilla.
Purchased recently for $20US, this bottle was in a very good place. I was concerned with this wine based on the reviews of others as well as my own experience with 2 previous bottles. My bottles appear to be freshly labelled and the cork certainly wasn't 14 years old. It looked brand new. Hmmm.
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