Big, beautiful, complex, and concentrated. Fruit aromas and flavours of cherry, raspberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, and plum. The fruit is complemented by vanilla, cedar, dill, leather, a little light earthiness, tobacco smoke, and mocha. The body is big but not overbearing. Good acidity lends well to the food friendly nature of this wine. Long finish that evolves while featuring many dried/cooked fruit and herb notes. Thoroughly impressed with this wine and disappointed I acquired only one bottle.
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(Bodegas Franco-Españolas Rioja Bordón Gran Reserva) Dark ruby color; complex, evocative, licorice, chocolate, caramel, dried berry nose; maturing, tart cherry, tart berry, dried berry palate with medium acidity and fully integrated oak; will go 10-12 years; medium-plus finish (80% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano; destemming and soft crushing of the grapes before fermentation for 10 days in stainless steel tanks at 26 degrees centigrade, followed by maceration in contact with skins for 7 days; aged 3 yrs in American oak barriques of medium and intense toast plus 2 yrs in bottle before release; only $22 in U.S.)
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