Dark ruby in color with a wide brick/ reddish rim.
Great nose of black currants, sweet cherries, blueberries, wood, cloves, vanilla, espresso, cola, light vegetables, tobacco leaf, cumin, saffron, graphite, herbs, Indian spices, earth and dark chocolates.
Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.
Dry on the palate with currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, oak, spices, earth, dark chocolates, graphite, peppercorn and leather.
Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a delicious 14 year old Rioja Gran Reserva. Drinking very nicely now, but still a little hot at the back of the throat. Tangy and soft with great complexity especially on the nose.
Needs 2 hours open up, and even better after 3 hours.
A nice wine to pair with food, but definitely good by itself too. Loved smelling on it for a long time.
Thank you Scott for sharing this with me. Really enjoyed it.
Robert Parker 96 points. Wine Spectator 92 points.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and 10% Mazuelo and Graciano.
14% alcohol by volume.