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.
From one of my personal favorite wineries of Ribera del Duero. Inky purple in color. The nose has cherries and a slight bell pepper note. Also some spice. On the palate, nice black cherry fruit. Very tannic and youthful. Good balance. It needs time and air. More modern in style. Needs bigger foods. Should last a decade more with ease. At one time, these bottlings cost over $100, so shop around. A quick perusal sees pricing from $38 to $70. In this particular blind tasting of Tempranillo's, this was my WOTN.
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, magenta at the rim. The nose has nice cherry fruit along with some dill. Also dusty. It did take some time to open. On the palate, this has bright cherry fruit. Not a ton of depth at this point. Lighter tannins. Good balance and acidity. This will work well at most dinner tables if the price is within one's budget for an "everyday" type of wine. Very classic and old-school in style.
Sadly, this was horribly corked (TCA). The note is included to see if this is a random episode or something others should be aware of.
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.
These are very interesting wines made from unique grapes in northern Spain. They typically have a bit of fizz to them. This one is made from the Hondarrabi Zuri grape. Light golden green in color. The nose is nice with a steely lemon/lime quality. On the palate, there is a very slight fizz to this on the attack (likely faded a bit with age). Slightly oily texture. Nice lime fruit. The wine is tart and slightly sweet at the same time which is very refreshing. Great acidity. Nice finish. These don't age all that well and this one is starting to show some but is still quite nice. D
Some wines are special for more than what's in the bottle. Such is this bottle. My wife and I visited the Gredos are just west of Madrid, Spain and few years ago and were blow away by the beauty, the quality of wine and the people making it in an area that I had never heard of prior to planning the trip. These are very old, high altitude vineyards on sandy soils growing Grenache which is being made by a whole new group of young winemakers. And the wines are just a unique. This is Garnacha but unlike any from other locations. Very light garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose is i
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.
Another great wine from this winery. Purple in color, slight ruby at the rim. The nose is very tight at first. With air it shows some black cherry and spice. On the palate, delicious black cherry fruit. Showing quite young. Firm tannins. This bottle would have been better served being decanted for an hour or so. There is still some upside development to go which is impressive at 15 years from vintage. Works well on its own or needs bigger foods. Should be good for another 15 years.