Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2009 Rioja, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick rim.

Nice nose of blueberries, cherries, black currants, wood, barnyard, dark chocolates, coffee, tobacco, cloves, earth, light vanilla, vegetables, tar, forest floor, vinaigrette and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and smooth, with medium acidity long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, oak, vanilla, cloves, tobacco, dark coffee, vegetables, earth, leather, smoke, chocolates, mocha, peppercorn, wet leaves and spices.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great 9 year old Rioja red, with an earthy nose and fruitier on the palate. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing lots of complexity with a tangy finish and a nice mouthfeel.

I had it a year ago, and this time it is much better. It is now in its drinking age, and will get better in the next 5 years.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of Meats and cheeses.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$25.

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