Marques de Riscal Reserva 2009 DOC, Rioja Spain 

My Rating 88 Points.   

Price $20.
Ruby in color with a light ruby/orange rim.

Gorgeous nose of blueberries, plums, cherries, sweet raspberries, vanilla, licorice, cloves, vinegrete, herbs, earth, wet rocks, tobacco, bell pepper, Mediterranean spices, peppercorn, chocolates, mocha, coffee and vinegar.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, raspberries, licorice, cloves, spices, cedar, vanilla, bell pepper, cinnamon, coffee, mocha, tobacco, peppercorn and light vegetables.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tart raspberries.

This 6 year old Rioja red, is drinking very nicely now, with nice balance and complexity.
Still young, however, and will be better in 3 to 5 years.

Enjoyable by itself or with food and needs 90 minutes to open up properly.

This 2009 vintage was a hot one, and it shows nicely right here. Much better than the 2007 and 2008 vintages I tried before.

A blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes.

14% alcohol by volume.

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