Drank the 59 and 61 Riscal Reserva side by side. A very interesting pair, showing how much fun mini verticals can be. The 61 was darker, showed stronger fruit, and was more structured. But the 59 had soul, with a capital S. The consensus was the 61, but I preferred the 59. Lots of fun, and I have two more of each so can do it again (and again).
Carrots & Chicken (Vernon, CT): While my last taste of this was "confusing," this one was not. It was quite progressed, like raisin/prune juice with a hint of mocha coffee. Perhaps this was good at some point, but it certainly is not at this point. My 7/7.
A real disappointment after a very good bottle of this a few months ago. The fruit here seems to be dried out, it's tired and dull on the palate with the oaky butterscotch/mocha flavours still quite prominent but not a whole lot else remaining.
Really good. Drinking wonderfully now, fully mature and totally seamless with mature red fruits, earth, old wood, sweet baking spices and an unusual butterscotch-like note all coming together on the nose and palate. The texture's incredibly polished and refined, and the balance here is fantastic - the tannin's fully integrated, and there's enough acidity beneath to still keep it feeling quite fresh.
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