Base neck/Top shoulder fill, with cork stained 1/2 way. Deanted 90 minutes and probalby hit its stride around the 2 hour mark. Brownish bricking red. This had notes of scorched earth, sweat, and creme brulee on the nose. Dark fruit on the palate, with some caramel and leather. As it gets more air, the tannins become a bit more astringent on the finish. Very good, maybe not as good as other scores would suggest, but very good. A-
Controversial at the table due to some astringency on the finish which increased as the wine sat in the glass. But alternative sips yielded a beautiful, finely complex wine with wonderful smoky dark fruits along with truffles, roasted game and coffee notes. The finish is finely complex. This is a gorgeous Unico but the astringency is a concern going forward. Perhaps not the right food pairing?
Reasonable nose with strong pepper on the nose and red fruit notes. A surprisingly weak palate with an astringent finish. I liked this less than others primarily due to the harshness of the finish. Given the higher opinion of some others, deserving of additional chances to account for the potential of bottle condition or food pairing skewing this evening's performance.
Oxygenated slowly in bottle for five hours and decanted right before drinking to separate any sediments. An opaque wine exhibiting a dark core and visible age on the rim due to the brick red hue. Intense yet elegant earthy aromas followed by cherries, plums, licorice, kirsch, sweaty horse saddle, balsam wood, roasted meats, cloves, star anise, with hints of black pepper. Very full on the palate with sour cherries, sweet red berries on the attack with a complex mid palate full of plums, blackberries, orange peel, currants, dark chocolate, coffee, loam, roasted meat juices, and intense refreshing acidity that continues into the long lasting yet discrete finish. Here interesting flavors of roasted meats juices, oriental spices, a slight touch of vanilla appear along with fully integrated silky tannins. A classic mid to full bodied Ribera del Duero where taste is second to its structural form, it feels big but has elegant and discrete flavors, amazing how after 39 years this wine is still fresh yet full of tertiary aromas and flavors.
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