Rioja, Spain. 14%
great label, great vintage. Nice but not great wine. Lots of American oak gives a slight retsina character. Not matched by sufficiently interesting or concentrated Tempranillo fruit.
Good food wine but I had hoped for more.
Ribera Del Duero, Spain. 13.5%
I rate this highly because of its unexpected charm and restraint. Spanish reds are increasing becoming supercharged in response to the desires of overseas wine critics.
Rioja, Spain. 13%
Good wine but I confess to being somewhat underwhelmed, I expected more excitment. Oaky old-fashioned Rioja, nicely savoury.
Rioja, Spain. 13%
Fascinating wine. Still going strong at 33 years old. It’s unsurprisingly an old fashioned very oaked style, almost retsina like. American oak with plenty of varnishy acidity on the finish. With warmer roasted nuts upfront.
Fascinating but not profound. Greater mid palate fruit depth is needed to make this wine exciting.
And the oak influence seems to prevent the development of wonderful complex mature fruit characters seen in old bottles of Bordeaux or Shiraz.
Quite a classy old-school Rioja with lightish colour lots of American oak influence and some flavour too, and some striking acidity. Comes together as a good food wine, yet in a very different style than say Bordeaux or indeed any other wine.
This Southern Medoc (between Margaux and Pauillac) tastes in 2005 more like it comes from Southern France. Perhaps it is the mood I’m in, or perhaps this is what a number of non-classed growths of 2005 have become. Certainly the ripeness us extra-ordinary – these are wines of sunshine.
Ribera Del Duero. 14%
Ripe Tempranillo, hot climate but with nice touch of acid on the finish. Prior vintages were more savoury bitter and interesting. Perhaps this needs a little longer to open up.
Reminds me of a Southern French wine.