A pretty decent Rioja for the vintage, but you’re going to have to be ready for some rubbery aromas and then staunch red fruit with a little bite. It’s quite the traditional wine, with lemon peel, leather and tobacco. Runs short on the finish.
Fairly green on the nose, with a bit of brandied black fruit and kirsch. The palate is on the thin side but not grating, while the flavors center around snappy cherry, raspberry and tomato. Turns toward vegetal on the midpalate while not entirely going Martian green, yet it’s more dilute and wan than we’d like to see, even for a 2002.