Just a note. I opened this bottle perhaps 3 weeks ago, and was left totally unimpressed by its muddy flavors and unimpressive nose. Put it in the fridge, and was about to toss it, when I decided to re- taste. A different wine! This wine was not a defective wine, but one that needed a LOT of time to relax with a bit of Oh-two.
Très ample et a paru plus boisé cette fois-ci. Nez sur les fruits noirs, le tabac et le chocolat. En bouche, Dense et ample, beaucoup de fruits et de bois, tannins charnus et finale très longue. Encore tout jeune...délicieux mais un peu saturant.
Unimpressive, to say the least. Given the recently consumed very -nice -to -wonderful bottles of the 2001 or 2004 Bin 904 and 890, and given some of the reviews for this wine, I anticipated more La Rioja Alta complexity and corps.
The wine was pleasant, smooth, but a tiny bit watery and lacking in the necessary smokey clay and cherry characteristics. With a short decant, the nose unfolded decently. These might take more time given the vintage, but not likely.
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(La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva) Bricking medium dark red violet color; appealing, dried berry, black tobacco, dill, iodine nose; dill, iodine, dried black fruit, black tobacco, salty dried prune palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points (3 yrs in oak)
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