This Rioja with a light- to medium-weight profile elicited quite varying responses. Undeniably elegant, some found it a bit thin, the sour-cherry tartness turning a bit puckery at the end. Others found it quite complex, well-integrated, smooth and supple, very Pinot Noir-like with a long, juicy dusty-tannin finish. Drink now through 2006.
Much more classic than nouveau, with leather, red fruit and some tomato/rhubarb on the nose. The palate has plum, berry and earth, and while acidic, it more than holds its own. A bit of a throwback wine that’s prime for the dinner table. Finishes solid.
There’s no shortage of ripe aromas: leather, berries and aged cheese. Yet the palate is quite sharp, with searing acidity sitting on top of red-berry flavors. This wine has unlimited aging potential, but will it ever taste great? That remains to be seen.
Floral and lightly earthy on the nose, with a touch of latex. Feels fresh and pure, with fine acidity pressing bright flavors of red cherry and raspberry. Gets toastier and darker on the finish, ending with spice and clarity.
Dense, earthy and full of stable and tree bark aromas. Grapy, plum-skin flavors evolve with airing, leading toward a mildly tannic finish. With a hollow middle and pronounced acids, this is not perfect, but it has character.