Fresh, perky, sweaty and citric on the nose, which all creates a textbook bouquet. The palate is slightly spritzy, with flavors of passionfruit, pineapple and sweet white grapefruit. Fresh yet a little fleshy, with a long, zesty finish. Drink as soon as possible to capture the essence of a fine vintage.
Less pungent and angular on the bouquet than in the past, this has apple, pear and vanilla aromas. It feels soft and wide relative to previous vintages, with fleshy, almost mealy apple and papaya flavors. It’s plump and melony on the finish. Drink now.
Clearly this isn’t a vintage for long keeping. In fact, one of our usual favorite Ruedas is already on the downslide. The nose is chunky pineapple and the palate is dull and wayward, with flat, pithy citrus. Lacks the vibrancy José Pariente is know for. Wait for the 2009.