Upon opening this Rioja, I could see this would be a robust wine with a deep tinted cork and a pour that revealed a rich ruby red color.
The nose was robust and pungent with musty oak, eucalyptus, egg and cherry. The palate was cherry, raspberry, currant, musty earth and cedar - like a cigar box. The finish was long, with a musty cellar cedar essence. Delicious! The interesting thing about this wine is that in the palate, I picked up the salty and bitter notes before the sweet ones. Where normally, the sweet flavors are detected first, since the taste buds responsible for sweet detection are at the tip of the tongue. As the bottle opened a bit, the palate moves to a tangy cherry and apricot, with musty earth, cedar and eucalyptus following. The overall impression of this wine is one of earthy depth with a chewy, thick mouth feel that is quite satisfying. Cheers!
Peter Kozlowski - EpicStyle
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