Round, clean and a touch leathery, but not penetrating or dense. For a nice, smooth red wine with some plum and cinnamon spice, look no further. This crianza is easygoing, lightly oaked and good throughout.
This is Cáceres’ bread-and-butter red Rioja, and the ’04 is fruity, light and very approachable. The nose shows some cotton candy and other bouncy red-fruit aromas, while the palate is easygoing, fleshy and balanced by a beam of juicy acidity. Along the way, you’ll pull out flavors of cherry, raspberry and a finishing note of bitter coffee.
Standard cherry and plum aromas are fresh, clean and unadulterated by heavy oak, leather or earth notes. Feels clean and dry, with nice but standard red-berry and plum flavors. Has good flow and feel, with a light dusting of spice on the finish.
Dried red fruit, pepper and mint on the nose, and clove, vanilla and raspberry on the palate. It tails away in tight, dry form, yet it’s largely an open, steady and satisfying wine. Even if it doesn’t pump up and thump its chest, it still scores points for its friendliness.
Clear and focused, with raspberry and edgy spice aromas to the nose. The palate doesn’t bring a whole bunch of meat or heft, but it is clean, racy and food-friendly. Flavors of red berries and pepper are normal and expected, while the finish is dry and lean.
Light and moderately oaky, with dry, herbal accents to the red-fruit aromas that are dominant. Light cherry and strawberry are the key flavors, and they’re backed by notes of toast, chocolate and leather. Classic and solid, especially for a down year.
Bramble and brine are present on the nose, and while 2005 was a very good vintage in Rioja, this wine brings a little less than expected. It’s endowed with snappy red-fruit flavors of strawberry and raspberry, and there’s also vanilla and herbal notes. The feel is dry, medium-bodied and grabby, with a hint of stemmy snap.