This 2012 Rioja is so rich and complex. It is drinking perfectly now, and needs no decant. La Rioja Alta is one of my favorite producers and this less expensive wine is a great purchase. Elegant fruit flavors, followed by an intense earthiness. There are so many flavors in this wine. — a year ago
2018 opened Oct 2021. Red raspberries and thyme on the nose. Dried currents on the front that are almost immediately balanced by some flinty notes that tingle on the front of the tongue. On the mid palate it continues with mild red-fruit flavors that are offset by some delicate high notes—that remind me of the smell of the loess that that gets blown off the Horse Heaven Hills on dry summers days. It has a slightly tart finish that lingers—but the satiny tannins offset this zing, and they hold this wine together from beginning to end. I’d want to call the tannic structure “heavy” except that they never come to dominate the tasting experience. This wine is lush and zaftig from start to finish, but its tremendous sophistication offsets any heaviness.
BTW, the fruit (which is subtle to begin with) fades after an hour of decanting. The tannic body opens up (i.e. it gets even smoother and fuller) but some harsh high notes begin to dominate on the finish. Frankly, I like this wine best a half an hour out of the bottle. If an increase in intensity is OK for you, go for a longer decanting. I like it better with less oxygenation. The fact that it gets a bit more intense with decanting makes me wonder if this vintage won’t lose some of its subtlety with aging. I’m not going to be able to resist drinking up my limited allocation, so, l’ll never be able to perform the aging experiment. — a year ago
Wild, very pure and direct in complexicity of grapes used!! What a wonderful biodynamic red!!
Carbonic maceration and spontaneous alcoholic fermentation with local yeasts for 2 months in neutral oak barrels. After that another 12 month in oak barrel,
Dazu: Cote de Bouef am offenen Feuer - Morcheln - Rinderherz / Löwenzahn - Walnuss / Brokkoli / Kartoffelgratin — a year ago
This 1996 Lafite bottle after a 4.5 hour decant not as good as the previous one. It still combines sheer massivity with elegance. Notes of leather, earth, lead pencil, plums and olives dominate. Unfortunately there is a slight rustic note that seems to come and go that detracts in this bottle. Still a superb wine and loom forward to the next bottle! — a year ago