Weekly tasting group #183; Portugal and Spanish Tempranillo (@ My place): The bouquet is still a feast; mature and a bit dusty, but also sweet spices, tobacco, earth, iodine, eucalyptus and a pleasant dose of oak. On the palate the wine disappoints a bit because the (old age) acidity is a bit too dominant. There are still red and some dark fruits and bell pepper and the tannin is a bit drying. Still nice, but drink soon. 87 - 88, but because it will not improve I put 87 in CT this time.
Weekly tasting group #129; Portugal (@ SB): Mature bouquet with impressions of rust, cocoa and sweet spiciness in the bouquet. On the palate completely dissolved tannin, some ripe red fruits still, but also tea and the first signs of reduction. Ok acidity, pleasant sweetness. Still a very nice wine, but on the brink of going past its prime. Drink soon.
UWS 2010-01 (@ JB): Spices and chocolate in the bouquet. On the palate the wine shows its maturity, but there still are cassis and red berry fruits. Also chocolate and good bitterness. Good balance between sweetness and acidity. Elegant wine. Ready now, but no real hurry, although this or next year might be wisest.
Beautiful tannin, but fruit and body are waning now. An incredibly enjoyable drink--had with Philipp from Kruger-Rumpf over nice, spicy roast from the lovely Mandy V.--but certainly a lighter wine now that it probably was a few years back. Have had great old vine wines from this estate, and hope the quality of these wines truly merit the incredible scores they've been getting...
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