Classic Rioja with a lot more concentration than Rioja Alta so worth sitting on it for a while longer. Definitely would recommend decanting it, popped and poured and it was closed for a couple of hours.
I love this wine. Very little maturation since my last bottle a year and a half ago. The nose is dominated by sweet pipe tobacco. Fresh; black and red fruit, caramel, and licorice. Great now, fine to hold for years/decades.
Medium deep/ruby, narrow pale rim. Extra-ordinarily youthful nose, blackcurrant, vanilla oak very prominent, charcoal. Medium/full bodied, black fruit, lots of sweet vanilla, chewy tannins, vibrant acidity, slight herbal note on the very good length, grippy finish. Too young, needs another 10 years on this showing. **(**).
Ap: dark ruby red Ar: complex nose with heavy, but integrated oak. Good intensity Full bodied and very well balanced Very good length
Great wine that has changed a lot since last time a tried it. Very typical Rioja with heavy oak, but at this age it is nicely integrated and not that frontal. I would also guess the wine has a few years left, even though it is very nice now.
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(C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva) Bricking very dark red violet color; mature, berry, dill, plum, baked berry nose; maturing, soft, tart plum, dill, baked berry palate; simple, ready to drink; medium finish (85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo; aged 24 mos. in French and American oak)
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