A rock-solid wine that features a nose of natural leather, bacon and pure plum and berry. It’s friendly and a little plump on the palate, but well structured. The flavors of plum and black berries are mixed with a touch of oak, and thus the finish has a light creaminess that blends with chocolate and pepper flake. Nice crianza for everyday drinking.
Roasted and rustic smelling, with baked, brushy berry aromas. The palate is fresh, forward and well focused, with briary, roasted flavors of earthy berry and chocolate. Finishes with toasty oak flavors, chocolate and herbs along with heat and spice.
This is a fairly classic Rioja with deep cherry, leather and earth aromas and flavors. It has medium weight and a touch of the pine-like quality in many Riojas. Not dense, but possessed of good mouthfeel and a positive finish with even, dry tannins.
Firm, earthy and rubbery aromas lead to a tight, focused palate with robust black cherry in the lead and black tea and coffee notes along the side. Toasty, dark and a touch bitter on the finish, and overall it’s a solid crianza with condensed flavors and a basic mouthfeel.
Call it rustic, barnyardy or pickled, but no matter how you slice it, it comes out rather green. At first the fruit seems too dilute to matter, but with airing it develops some personality. A good mouthfeel is the high point, while too much in the way of pickle and cabbage notes is the main detractor.