Melbourne, Australia. Trying to get to know Aussie red.
Medium to full bodied, ripe blackcurrent, dark, slightly sour cherry, fresh zip of acidity, thick pillowy tannin, nice long dry savoury finish. Took a good couple of hours to fill out. 70% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. 12€, good value. — 2 days ago
Buying at the budget end while travelling is like throwing dice, but this Rioja Reserva (1 year in oak, 2 in bottle) delivered nicely at around 11€. Balanced, black/raspberry fruited, earthy, bit of spice, leather, gravelly tannin. If I find another bottle I’ll buy it! Ronda, Spain — 11 days ago
I don’t have experience with properly aged wines, even so, whilst good, I think this was past its prime. Gifted to a friend who included me in it’s drinking, he thought it had been shop-bought rather than pulled from a personal collection. Cork broke and crumbled, plenty of porty bottle stink that never really disappeared (20 minute decant, drunk over an hour). Dark red, medium bodied, fruit sitting back in the mix, but still dense and black. The highlight is the lovely drying soft leathery tannin. — a month ago
In Seville, so trying this locally grown tempranillo. Small batch with 12 months in chestnut barrels .. full bodied, fleshy black/red fruits with woody spice, a bit of aniseed, ripe (on the sweeter end of the scale), good length and grunty drying tannin. The components seem good but as a whole not so sure (perhaps it’s the chestnut ..)
— 8 days ago
Marqués de Cáceres is about the only Rioja I see everywhere. They must produce a boat load of it. They nail the QPR and it’s a pretty safe bet considering what else is out there. This was 8€. Crianza (1 year in oak, 1 in bottle, but 4 years down the Crianza and Reserva distinction no longer matters?). Ripe, sweet red fruits, a little tart on opening, tannic. Sneaks in at 90. — 10 days ago
Black fruited but with blue/violet/raspberry highlights. Fresh, nice fruit density, medium to full bodied, mild fruit-cake spice with supple tannin that exerts itself just enough to bring it all together. Good balance of ripe vs savoury, this is the best vintage I’ve had ... great QPR. — 2 months ago