2015 vintage; licorice, earthy, leather, black berries on the nose. Good medium to high acidity, dried black cherry, blackberry, cough syrup. Dusty tannins, noticiably grippy. Lingering dry finish. Varietal character with its own personality. — 9 months ago
Loved this. Fresh into my new “habit” so not a ton to say other than really enjoyed it. Definitely buy again. — 3 years ago
Easily one of the finest aromas I’ve experienced in a Rioja, and indeed any wine, in the past year, truly a beguiling and complex experience that begs your nose to remain in the glass. I must note for my own posterity that on the palate I was initially a little underwhelmed. I’m not sure why. I think because this is such a subtle and elegant Rioja, and that I’m so out of the habit of drinking wines from this region and perhaps even, by extension, subtle and elegant wines as a whole. But the more I tasted it, the more I enjoyed it. I had a similar experience with the Viña Ardanza 2010 (which at the moment I prefer to this). But this 904 Gran Reserva is a beautiful, medium to light-bodied Rioja, very fruit-forward with Burgundian delicacy and a charm so typical of the finest wines of this region. A melange of coconut, vanilla, dried cherry and Mediterranean herbs are followed by an impressively saturated palate with medium orange peel acidity and very fine, resolved tannins. I must admit I cannot yet calibrate this wine with the notes of prominent critics, who talk about power, acidity and tannin, but maybe time will tell. This should be a terrific wine to follow over the next ten to twenty (plus) years. — 2 years ago
Incredible nose. Pomegranate seed. Starfruit. Rhubarb. Pure and fruit forward. 13.5% alc. — 2 years ago
tasty SB from Jeff! — 2 years ago
Nice Provence Rose from Le Domaine de Triennes & the team of, Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée Conti & Jacques Seysses of Dujac.
Classic, well crafted, great on a warm day & palate shifter from white to red. Excellent QPR @ $15...not giving up my Domaine Tempier habit but, will get worked into the mix.
I won’t open another bottle for one to two more years. Needs some bottle evolution to soften its sweetness and integrate in IMHO. — 2 years ago
Tightly wound and reticent at first, the 2015 Isole demands more attention and patience than the prior vintage. It’s the typical pretty, elegant and polished style but the tannins are less forgiving and the minerality will put your face right in the dirt. Think forest-scented wild red berries, savory spice, potpourri and sprinkles of cigar ash. Probably enough acid to power most kitchen appliances- if this becomes a habit you’ll need a good dental plan. Chianti at its finest! — 4 years ago