Travelling Spain, Marqués de Cáceres - crianza edition - is everywhere. Kept an eye out for a Reserva without luck, however picked up this Gran Reserva at Bilbao airport. 21€. 85% Tempranillo and a 15% mix of Graciano and Garnacha Tinta, dark dark fruits, rich cherry, dense, oaky with fruit cake spice. Nicely tannic. Big wine with plenty of length. Reminds me a of a Parker-esque Barossan. Wanted to like this more, but just a bit too rich and heavy-handed for me. — 5 days ago
Drop dead gorgeous / a balance of dried and juicy red fruit with pronounced dill and blonde tobacco / nicely integrated oak, elegant structure — 12 days ago
Marqués de Cáceres is about the only Rioja I see everywhere. They must produce a boat load of it. They nail the QPR and it’s a pretty safe bet considering what else is out there. This was 8€. Crianza (1 year in oak, 1 in bottle, but 4 years down the Crianza and Reserva distinction no longer matters?). Ripe, sweet red fruits, a little tart on opening, tannic. Sneaks in at 90. — 15 days ago
Strawberry cotton candy nose,
Way sweeter in style than the label foretells in “Brut” classification
Once this cava sees some oxygen, it really comes into itself. Foamy becomes tight little bubbles. With tart berry and zingy acidity.
Porch wine for sure. — 23 days ago
White flowers, citrus, on-point oak application / has a nice village-level burg feel to it, with a strongly mineral and saline twist — 12 days ago
Bought this recently for $29.99. It’s a property I visited in 2015. So, when I saw this for under $30, I just smiled and plucked it from the shelf. I knew it would be good, just not quite this beautiful. A wine good enough to make you wonder why we spend more money on a bottle of wine. A bottling to acquire to keep you free from the temptation of drinking your expensive & far too young to open reds.
The nose reveals; dusty, dark cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum and juicy, baked strawberries on the high nose, dark tarry spice, cherry cola, dusty alluvial soils, dry crushed rocks, dry herbs, dark spice, tarry notes, black olive tapenade, dry brush, dry top soil & clay, dark, rich soil, vanilla, nutmeg, dark chocolate, mocha powder with candied, dark-red florals with lavender and violets.
The body is full, lush & ripe. The tannins are rounded yet still, firm, dusty & tarry. This 07 is nearing its peak form and will hold there another 4- 5 years before it starts its slow decent. The mouthfeel is gorgeous. The structure, tension, length and balance have really hit a nice groove. Dusty, dark cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum, fresh, ripe, rhubarb and juicy, baked strawberries, anise, dark tarriness & spice, cognac notes on the deep palate set, cherry cola, dusty alluvial soil, dry crushed rocks, dry herbs, dark spice, black olive tapenade, dry brush, dry top soil & clay, dark, rich soil, vanilla, nutmeg, dark chocolate, mocha powder with candied, dark-red florals with lavender and violets. The acidity is like a waterfall. The long, well balanced, juicy, ripe, elegant elegant finish persists several minutes. Just misses 93.
Perfect Tri-Tip steak wine.
Photos from my 2015 visit. Their tasting room, Estate vinesand surrounding vistas from the Bodega. — a day ago