Saturday, 11 May 2013

In wine heaven!

What better way to end a tough week at work than with friends, a rack of lamb and a bottle of mature Rioja...

Remelluri, Rioja Reserva, 2000
Lighter than expected with a translucent, very burgundian, colour with a tawny, almost golden, rim which reveals its age. The most striking element of this wine is the  beautiful nose of damsons, vanilla, plums, and just a hint of spice and mushrooms/ sulphur (is that what people refer to as reduction?). Initially quite austere on the palette but then flourishes on the finish which is long and full of plums and damsons with a typical velvet soft vanilla undertone from the oak.  This is a very subtle wine but with layers of interest, each revealing more complexity. 4* 7/ 10

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