I’ve been drinking a lot of the “new-fangled” Spanish wines lately, but it’s been a little while since I’ve had a Rioja. Let’s see what this one’s got under the hood.
Producer: Marques de la Concordia
Grapes: 100% Tempranillo (I haven’t been able to find total confirmation of this, but several references to it for other vintages, at least on retailer websites)
Appellation: Rioja (D.O.C., Spain)
Vineyards: calcareous clay, hillside vineyards
Aging: 18 months in new French & American oak casks (This is a Crianza, which means it was required to spend at least 1 year in oak)
Price: $11.40 at Spec’s in Austin
My tasting notes: Grapey-purple, not opaque. On nose, I first get a lot of sawdust, but with coaxing the berry fruit shows up. First glass, drunk soon after pulling the cork, seemed hollow. Second glass better. The oak is coming through a bit harsh. Fruit is there, some plum and blueberry. A touch of spice. Finishes a bit creamy.
Assessment/score: Changed a lot as it breathed. First reaction was that I didn’t like it so much. Then I’d find myself thinking, why didn’t I like this before. Then I’d be back to thinking it just isn’t satisfying. I’m settling on… meh. C
Another blogger’s take on this wine is here (End of the Vine).
More people’s tasting notes at CellarTracker.