Took a bit of a break from rating wines. Wanted to reset and be truly in the moment of the experience.
Anyways, this Tempranillo was a joy. Plums, figs, dark cherries, slight hints of cloves, vanilla, and soft peppery spices. Well integrated and balanced. Paired with Hy’s traditional Ceasar salad and Filet mignon (medium rare). — 3 days ago
A nose with qualities of the northern Rhone. Not your typical "classic" Rioja. Clean and precise nose with great intensity and complexity. The palate is lively and structured with great tension. Focused on just ripened black fruit, pepper, flowers, coffee and stoniness. Well balanced and a nice finish. This will be fun to see in 10 years. — a day ago
Textbook gran reserva from the northern part of Rioja. Nose of cassis, dark fruit,, and prunes with hints of tobacco and a bit of leather. Strong acidity holds it all together on the palate while flavors of vanilla and oak lead to a lingering finish. I really like this - it has aged well. 2007 vintage on Feb 6, 2020 — 4 days ago
2013 had a cheap cork that couldn’t be opened with a regular cork screw. 2014 corrected that, but those nickels had to be saved somewhere else. I’m a BIG fan of this wine, but this vintage is in question. I absolutely believe they’re using some sort of artificial vanilla and oak. Something is going on here because it tastes nothing like that past 6 vintages before it. That classic La Alta trademark palette has changed and it’s not because it’s a different vintage. It tastes artificial, no way else to explain it. Something is going on. Too bad. — 6 days ago