Ruby to garnet red, clear. Aromas of raspberry, jammy fruit, dried flowers, smoke. Dry, medium tannin, medium acid, light fruit, cherry, and oak.
Clear, stained tears, deep brick to garnet red. Vegetal, black cherry, pepper, earth, olive, blackberry aromas. Dry, medium acid, medium-full body, medium tannin, fruity, plum, cherry, oak.
Deep garnet red to a faded mahogany rim. Clean, full aromas of dried fruit, jams, licorice, blackberry, spice, oak, caramel, Port, cinnamon, cherry, and raspberry. Dry, medium-full body, medium acidity, medium-high tannin, flavors of coffee, cherry, spice, oak, raspberry, plum; a long smooth finish. The flavors are definitely at a peak, and I recommend finding a more recent vintage to really appreciate this wine at its best. For more wine notes and writing, visit Ryan’s blog oe•no•phile.
This is a soft, juicy, Rioja with berry and vanilla flavors wrapped gently in leather and a touch of tobacco. The finish falls off quickly, but this is a very reasonably priced Rioja Reserva, and at $12 a bottle why not keep some around for pizza or pasta?