Really nice. On first few sips it reminded me of a spicy, more tannic Beaujolais, but with air developed much more tobacco, cedar box, some dust, dried cherries, and a big bunch of herbs. Need to drink more of this. — 6 days ago
Great rioja, good with pasta and red sauce. Nice hint of dryness but not too dry. — 10 days ago
Not sure where it was purchased or the price — 8 days ago
Vino fresco y a la vez potente. Sabor fuerte tanto a fruta como a madera — 3 days ago
First Syrah Argentina ... the color is typical of the grape variety, dense purple. Nose of small black fruits (blueberry, blackcurrant), violet and sweet spices. On the palate: the attack is fresh and greedy, medium body nourished by aromas of aging inevitably evoking the Rhône-Nord. The finish is rather straightforward, 2015 is balanced now !
Première Syrah Argentine... la robe est typique du cépages, violine dense. Nez sur les petits fruits noirs (myrtille, cassis) violette et épices douce. En bouche: l’attaque est fraîche et gourmande, corpulence moyenne nourri d’arômes d’élevages évoquant immanquablement le Rhône-Nord. La finale est plutôt franche, 2015 est équilibré et prêt à boire — 6 days ago
Striking a balance between traditional and modern Rioja, the Imperial Reserva is often the most compelling wine in the CVNE lineup; at least to my palate and this bottle is a perfect example as to why. Tasted double-blind, the bouquet is perfumed and very pretty with bright, delicious cherries, tobacco, dill and green olive. On the palate, the dark cherry fruit is generous and silky with sweet and savory spices. Wonderful texture. Sturdy structure. Deftly representing the best of both worlds, this is a serious wine that happens to be a crowd pleaser as well. I called this 2014 Rioja Reserva (Viña Ardanza if anyone cares). Wasn’t far off! — 10 days ago
A study of Spain - both textbook and experiential 🤓☺️ I mean, wine not?
As a ‘Gran Reserva’ red wine in Spain, made with Tempranillo and Graciano grapes, this wine must be aged for a minimum of 18 months in oak and 60 months total before release. There are even more stringent requirements in Rioja.
This producer aged this wine for 2 years in American and French oak casks followed by at least 3 years in the bodega’s cellar. Thanks to this, I am experiencing lots of deliciously toasty, cedar, vanilla, and baking-spice notes on the nose and palate. This is a full-bodied wine with good structure and pronounced blackberry, black cherry, and cassis aromas.
Valserrano, Rioja, Gran Reserva. Vintage 2011. ABV 14.5%. — 9 days ago