CVNE must have done a strict selection in chilly, wet 2002 to get a reserva that’s this sound. The nose is a lovely, traditional blend of earth, leather, coffee, spicy wood and red fruits. The palate follows suit, showing raspberry, strawberry, plum and vanilla flavors. A great, understated wine from what was a forgettable year for most Rioja producers.
Light, laudable aromas of wood smoke, cherry, raspberry and licorice are inviting, while the palate is firm but on the precipice of sharp. In general everything is nicely put together, and overall this reserva has nice raspberry, black cherry, pastry and chocolate notes. Hold for at least another year.