Mature Rioja tasting

Tasted April 4, 2019 by Yagil with 19 views

Flight 1 (1 note)

Red
2012 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
88 points
clear, pale garnet
clean, med+ intensity of ripe dry red cherries & plums, earth, vanilla, spices, leather, smoked meat; the wine is still developing
dry, high acidity, med tannins, med a.b.v., med body, med+ flavours intensity ripe dry red cherries & plums, earth, vanilla, spices, leather, smoked meat; med+m finish
overall a very good wine
can drink now - has potential for further ageing
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Flight 2 (1 note)

Red
2008 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
91 points
deep garnet
pronounced secondary & tertiary aromas of dry ripe cherries, plums, earthy strawberries, leather, toasted oak-vanilla, fine pepper spice, mint & eucalyptus.
still developing.
drhy, high acidity, med fine silky coated tannins, med abv, med body, med+ flavours intensity of dry ripe black cherries, dark plums, toasted oak, leather, black tea, mint, licorice, earth, fine spices, long finish;
can drink now - suitable for further ageing.
outstanding wine!
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Flight 3 (1 note)

the most surprising wine of the night

Red
2009 Bodegas Campillo Rioja Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
92 points
deep garnet
pronounced secondary & tertiary aromas of dry ripe cherries, plums, earthy strawberries, leather, toasted oak-vanilla, fine pepper spice, mint & eucalyptus.
still developing.
drhy, high acidity, med fine silky coated tannins, med abv, med body, med+ flavours intensity of dry ripe black cherries, dark plums, toasted oak, leather, black tea, mint, licorice, earth, fine spices, long finish;
can drink now - suitable for further ageing.
outstanding wine!

Flight 4 (2 notes)

Red
1993 Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
91 points
dark opaque red-purple
wet cardboard fruity nose with subtle bret notes
developed
lean structured, dark red fruity flavours, good acidity level, firm tannins, sour dark plums, smoked meat, medium minus complexity, mint-eucalyptus tones, medium length sour roasted fruits finish and aftertaste
drink now - not suitable for further ageing
Red
2005 Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
89 points
dark opaque red-purple
med- intensity aromas of red cherries, earth, toasted oak - but very tight
developing
lean structured, dark red fruity flavours, good acidity level, firm tannins, sour dark plums, smoked meat, medium minus complexity, mint-eucalyptus tones, medium length sour roasted fruits finish and aftertaste
decant for 2-3 hours
can drink now - suitable for further ageing
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Flight 5 (1 note)

The best wine of the night

Red
2006 Viñedos de Páganos Rioja La Nieta Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
93 points
deep ruby
pronounced intensity aromas of ripe blackberries, mint, eucalyptus, fine bitter chocolate, meaty note.
still developing
dry, high acidity, med+ silky tannins, high abv, full body, pronounced flavours intensity consistent with the nose; long finish;
outstanding!
can drink now - suitable for further ageing

Flight 6 (1 note)

White - Fortified
N.V. Williams & Humbert Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Don Guido 20 YO Rare Old Sweet Pedro Ximenez Solera Especial Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry
91 points
Clear, deep brown,
Clean, med+/pronounced intensity of sweet ripe already black banana, coffee, liquorice
Developed
Luscious, med- acidity, full body, med alcohol,
Long finish
Outstanding
Can drink now - has potential for further ageing
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