Way higher if considered on a price-to-value matrix. What a great value for a rather layered 12-year-old and really food-friendly wine. — 23 days ago
Respectable in every manner — 3 months ago
A nice, simple, enjoyable wine with a strong personality — 4 months ago
Sometimes you just need a #volcanicwine. This one comes from the craggy, windswept Canary Islands of the northwest coast of Africa. Put on some Cesaria Évora and get ready for a whiff of smoky funk followed by deeply mineral flavors of plum and red berries, bitter herbs, and pulverized stone. Faint powdery tannins hang in a haze as the wine lingers with bitter licorice root and camphor wood notes in the finish. Made from old vines of Listan Negro, it’s a classical expression of the Canaries, but from a surprising source. The producers behind this brand are the Spanish cooperative CVNE and local producer Suertes de Marques who selected fruit from theor vineyards in Valle de Orotava on the island of Tenerife. 2016 Medianías Listan Negro Viñas Viejas, Valle de la Orotava, Canary Islands, Spain. — 24 days ago
Wasn't expecting to enjoy this so much. Immediately after opening, it's bursting with sweet cherries and ripe plums, sweet but not in a cloying way. After resting and chilling a bit, the sweetness is toned down and balanced by tannic sour cherry skin and some savory grill char. Some stoney sharpness as well.
The color is deep dark red and the body is medium-light.
Doesn't have tons of depth or complexity but still highly enjoyable both alone and with food. Excellent value! — 2 months ago
Fantastic for the price! Highly recommended. — 3 months ago
Blitz heavy duty — a month ago
This Rioja has been tamed by time. The color on this wine is medium ruby with a colorless to brownish rim. The nose is a rustic bouquet of old dry cedar, leather, and tobacco, with scents of dry dark stone fruits and dark berries. Some tertiary wet earth and damp forest floor scents as well.
The mouthfeel is captivating with oak, smoke and vanilla followed by black cherry, prune, and raisins. This is full bodied, dry, and complex with smoothed out but lingering tannings and soft acidity. Low alcohol with a finish that goes on, and on, and on till the break of dawn. You literally keep tasting everything: the dry fruit, the tannings and the acidity.
Decanted and tasted over a two hour period. Handsdown one of the best Riojas I’ve ever tasted; many thanks to Somm Rodrigo Mares at Roothouse in Guadalajara for the exceptional gift. My only wonder is how this would have tasted in twenty thirty per say. I purchase all the wines I review but do keep in mind wine always tastes best when it's gifted. Cheers to more gifts like this one.
— 2 months ago
Taste of barrel is remarkable and gives it a great woody flavor — 5 months ago