Initially this smelled like chocolate covered asparagus, but moved more towards cedar and mustard with time in the glass. Great balance and texture on the palate. Rich and creamy with chocolate, dark fruit and cedar. Medium finish.
Dim Sum Club does Old Tempranillos (Golden Peony, Conrad Hotel): I liked this very much. However, unlike the two 1982 Rioja reservas we had alongside, this bottle was nowhere near ready and could really have used another 5 or 6 years or even more in the bottle before serving. This had the funkiest nose of the four tempranillos on the day, opening with a whoosh of wet dog, fresh mud and undergrowth at the fore. A bit too much at first, so I was thankful that the funk faded away a little to reveal a core of blackberries, dark cherries and sweet wood spice aromas. It was pretty decent at that point. The palate was lovely from the get-go though, with far less funk than on the nose. In fact, what struck me was the lovely freshness, structure and depth it had to its fresh flavours of black cherry fruit, red dates and earth. Amazingly for a wine well past its 20th year, it was still rather grippy and pretty primary, especially towards the back-end, where a twist of orange peel mingled with the fresh dark fruit before a mouthful of spice opened up alongside fine tannins at the finish. Really nice, but this needs a lot of time still to unfold. I have no doubt it will be a beautiful drink over the next decade or so.
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