Consumed over a period of two days. The wine was medium to dark ruby in colour and offered red fruit, some leather, some tobacco, coffee, cocoa, spices and vanilla on the nose. On the palate the wine showed red fruit, some leather, some tobacco, coffee, cocoa, spices, vanilla and cinnamon, with lively, medium-plus acidity, smooth, medium-level tannin, a slightly creamy mouthfeel and superb length (with a lingering coffee + cocoa aftertaste). A good, medium-bodied, medium-complex, old-school Rioja that opened-up after an hour in the decanter. I have a slight preference for the 2005 for its better concentration, yet only by a very small margin, and also liked this 2004 a lot, particularly on day two. I would recommend decanting for at least an hour.
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.
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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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