This is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 10% Graciano, and 5% Manuelo from Spain. It is a modern, delicious take on Rioja. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, espresso, and baking spices. Full bodied. Very nice texture. It has lots of black raspberries, some black cherries with underlying spice. There is some warmth to it. Drinking great now, it should drink well for another decade. This drinks great on its own and will work great with heavier meat dishes. Think steak or brisket.
Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is pretty with cherries, black cherries, slight dust, and spice. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Flavors of black cherries with some dill. Light tannins. Medium finish. Very food friendly, this should go with a wide variety but stews and casseroles should do very well. It is probably close to peak but should be at this level for a decade. Available for around $15, this is a great value in traditional Rioja.
Brought back from Spain by a neighbor after meeting with the owners. This is drinking well now and traditional. Ruby in color. The nose is dusty with cherries and slight dried dill. On the palate, this seems to be just slightly past prime but still drinking well. Dried and fresh cherries with no tannins. Easy drinking. Food friendly. A very good value although drinking in the first couple of years from vintage is a good idea.
Ruby in color with slight browning. The nose has spice, clay and cherries. It also has a ton of dill which was off putting to some. The dill does carry thru to the palate, so be warned if that is a sensitivity. Others liked it. Firm tannins. Nice black cherry fruit. Good balance. Works better with food than alone. Pretty classic Rioja in style.
Ruby in color, slight browning. The nose has dusty cherries with slight dill notes and some vanilla. On the palate, this has tart acidity. Tart cherries. It works though as it wakes up the palate. It really demands some food but should work with a wide variety. Good finish. Plan on drinking in the next five years or so.
Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has a lot of barnyard on it. It does partially blow off with air. There is also some pine which is both interesting and distracting. And finally, some nice cherry fruit. On the palate, there is some cherry fruit, both fresh and dried. Some pine carries thru as does some barnyard. Slight but drying tannins. The group I was tasting with liked this more than I did. It did get better with air as the night went on. Certainly a nice wine and worth drinking. Food friendly.
Purple in color. The nose is clean with fresh cherries and a bit of dill. On the palate, cherries with a bit of coffee. Light tannins. Good balance. This seems to be about at peak right now. It is very food friendly with stews and meats being a good choice. It should be good for another decade. This is, however, a very expensive wine with current vintages costing over $200 per bottle. This was apparently around $100 on release.
Excellent wine. Drinking well now but probably not yet at peak. Purple in color with some darker brown swirls. The nose is clean with cherries and black cherries. Slight spice. On the palate, this is medium bodied; thinner than other Tempranillos on the table but not in a bad way at all. It has a cherry cough drop quality to it. There is also just a hint of green bell pepper in a cab franc sort of way that was quite good. Medium tannins. This seemed like it "suffered" from being in a tasting and would perform much better if on its own at the dinner table. That said, it was delicio
It had been a long time since I tried this ubiquitous Rioja wine. It is still very good and an excellent value at around $15. Purple/garnet in color. The nose is nice with spice, cherries and slight black cherries. With air some vanilla comes out. On the palate, this is soft and accessible. Light tannins. Cherries and slight dill. Good finish. This will work with almost any food.
This is the second bottle from a Case bought on release to celebrate special moments with my son (his birth year). (The first was opened for his high school graduation.) Decanted for sediment and served. Deep garnet in color. The nose has some stink to it. Personally, I thought it was great but there is a warm barnyard quality to it along with some cherry lozenges and a bit of char. On the palate, this drinks very clean. Light tannins that build with air. Complex layers of forest floor, cherries, slight dried cherries and char. Wonderful texture. Long finish. Went great with some