I used to drink a lot of this wine and earlier vintages back in the day. Its been a while, but when a friend popped the cork, it was fun. Still a great wine. Ruby in color. The nose is earthy with slight barnyard. Cherries, slight dill, and slighter vanilla. On the palate, cherry fruit with a bit of cherry cough drops. Good acidity. Very food friendly. Softer texture. Nice depth. Seems to be drinking at or near peak but no hurry.
Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has a damp forest floor quality with black raspberries, and black cherries. On the palate, this is drinking quite well and much younger than its 15 years would suggest. It has shed most of its oak from its youth with plenty of fruit still left. It is ripe and jammy. Slight tannins mostly integrated at this point. Nice glycerin driven texture. Seems at or close to peak but no hurry. Slight warmth on the finish.
My second time trying this. The first was with my dinner in the Barcelona train station from a 375ml. We need more trains in the US. Ruby in color. The nose has nice cherries. On the palate, this has a slight amount of acid. Cherries and slightly bitter cherries. No real tannins. Just a nice, little bot of fruit wine. Drink in the next couple of years. For under $15, this is a good value and may be the choice from time to time on a restaurant list.
Wow. This is smoking right now. Probably at or very close to peak but should stay there for a decade. Ruby in color. The nose is great with cherries, sandalwood, dust and a bit of dry earthiness. On the palate, this has great balance. Good acidity. Light tannins. Complex with layers of cherries, slight dried cherries, spice and earth. It does have a slight roasted quality but not in the fruit just a sort or arid quality (terroir?). Absolutely great with food. This wine is not inexpensive but worth buying 2 bottles; one to drink soon and one to lay down.
This is a nice value red from the Rioja region of Spain. It retails for around $16 which is a great price for a nice red. Ruby/purple in color. The nose is dusty with cherries. On the palate, there are cherries and some tobacco. Slight tannins. Good balance. There is some depth/complexity here but this is not a wine to be aged. That said, if well stored it should be good for at least five more years. Works well with a wide variety of food.
Purple in color. The nose is tight but with air shows some black cherries. On the palate, this has sweet fruit/dark cherries. It is modern in style and a fruit forward Tempranillo. It retails for around $22. Plan on drinking it in the next five years or so. It is a very tasty wine. Good value as well.
Purple/ruby in color. The nose is nice; spice, plums and cherries with a bit of dill. Nice texture. Slight tannins. Tart cherries on the palate. Nice finish. This retails for $33. It is drinking well now and should be good for five to ten years.
This is made from Tempranillo. Ruby/purple in color. The nose is dusty with black cherries. On the palate, the black cherries carry thru. A slight dill note. Still firm tannins. Nice finish. This is still young at 14 years from vintage and certainly seems to have some upside. It is a big, forward wine but a bit still in the shell. If drinking now, give it a nice decant.
In a great plae right now. No hurry but showing mature development. Ruby/purple in color. The nose has some slight funk to it. Not a lot, but some. Cherries, dark cherries, cigar box and leather as well. On the palate, lots of black cherry and cherry fruit. Layers of earth and forest floor. Good balance. Wonderful mouthfeel. Nice finish. Worked well with food. While this was a bit modern in style in its youth, it has aged just beautifully as it turns into an older Rioja.