Exotic, reflective strawberry and tea notes open this lighter-bodied, not-so- serious Rioja. Next in line is a mouthfilling blend of blackberry and cassis, but with ample acidity so that it avoids any weighty pitfalls. Finishes soft, with a swath of oaky vanilla flavor. Drink this 50/50 blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha now and over the next 18 months.
Active on the bouquet, this features mint, baking spice, clove and ripe berry aromas. It feels plump and round, with a mildly candied flavor profile that includes blackberry, herb, and nutmeg. It turns a little rooty on the finish, suggesting licorice nibs. A blend of 65% Garnacha and 35% Tempranillo.
This wine is more no-nonsense in style than over the top or unusual. The bouquet is open and fruity, with hints of vanilla and spice to go with friendly berry scents. It’s medium bodied in weight, fresh as a whole, and loaded with berry flavors and mild chocolate accents.
Early aromas of leather, rubber and char sort of shadow the fruit component. But in the mouth there’s ample blackberry, cherry and pepper, all of which bring the wine into form. In terms of mouthfeel, it’s good. And on the finish it’s got some of that espresso bitterness that sings of toasted barrels.
Light raspberry and plum aromas feature a side note of citrus peel, while the flavors are pure but rudimentary dark berry, plum and herb. Good body and structure, but not complex or layered. Finishes peppery and a touch bitter, with short-lasting fruit.
Crusty, sweet, medicinal aromas open the game. The palate has a creamy sweetness to it along with black cherry and plum flavors. Tastes more candied and oaky as it unfolds, but overall it’s more than decent and very modern.