Opened up after a few hour decant, but still needed a marbled steak for balance. Deep dark blackberry pie, tobacco, evergreen needles, and uplifted cranberry. Well balanced with great purity of fruit and persistent length. American oak flavors surround both red and black forest berries. Still very youthful... definitely decant or cellar. — 3 days ago
Lighter than 100% Tempranillo but like it — 6 days ago
Robe rubis foncée
Nez réduit puis tapenade fruit noire sanguin
Bouche fraîche avec peu d alcool et de la vivacité belle bouteille encore jeune — 11 days ago
Outstanding. Even better on day2. Best of new and old Rioja. — 5 days ago
Jancis robinson was right! Fruit is well preserved. Opera of a wine. — 10 days ago
A study of Spain - both textbook and experiential 🤓☺️ I mean, wine not?
As a ‘Gran Reserva’ red wine, this Rioja, made with the Tempranillo and Graciano grapes, must be aged for a minimum of 18 months in oak and 60 months total before release.
This producer went above and beyond the minimums (which is not uncommon) and chose to age 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%. — 10 hours ago
Nice example of a restrained, balanced Malbec. Good tension between fruit notes of blackberries , blueberries, lavender, and savory notes of cocoa and tobacco. Medium-bodied and medium alcohol without being over extracted and over oaked. — 13 days ago
Smooth, different than I’m used to but a nice wine — 13 days ago