The Reserva Tempranillo blend from iconic Riojan producer, Marqués de Riscal is made from fruit sourced from outstanding vineyard sites that are in excess of 15 years of age. This fruit is able to withstand the lengthy maturation process in oak due to the fine, complex tannin and acid structure. The resulting wine is classically savoury with notes of dark berries and toasty oak. The palate is long and rounded with interesting hint of spice.
A classic Rioja Reserva. Full-bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished, embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.
Vintage: 2007 Score: 92 points
Dan Murphy's Wine Panel
Cherry and strawberry, vanilla/cocoa oak and cola nut with a slight citrine tang. A lighter vintage of Riscal, not quite what you d call dilute, but certainly not plush and deep just to medium bodied. Has some crisp acidity, much like biting into a nearly ripe strawberry, along with light powdery tannin grip. Has a bit of length and feels easy and highly sessionable. Not a top vintage, but a good drink.
Vintage: 2007 Score: 91 points
With its wire 'socking' and 19th century label, this is one of the most recognised fine wines in the world. Classic dark berry and toasted chestnut aromas, beautiful fruit complexity and chocolaty loose-knit tannins epitomise the very best of Rioja.
Vintage: 2006 Score: 94 points
Andrew Caillard MW
Dark fruit, earth, sausages, spice, cedar then into a persuasive, suede-like palate that silks and charms straight away. So mellifluous and fluid with red berry and dark fruit, coffee, vanilla and spice flavours mingling and vying for your attention. Long smooth finish. Almost too smooth, possibly? Welcome to the velvet fog. For a reputedly lesser vintage, Riscal has certainly delivered the goods here.
Vintage: 2006 Score: 94 points
There's a romantic feeling of tradition about this red from northern Spain. Maybe it's the frail wire cage that graces the bottle, rather like a glittery spider's web, or perhaps it's the heraldic, old-fashioned label. That timeless feel continues with the wine inside. A mature nose doesn't show any staleness, with still vibrant mixed berries, floral and leafy mint aromas, dressed in a hint of mocha. It's all very complex and earthy, and there's a lovely melting texture in the medium-bodied palate, ending up finely flavoured and balanced with a food-friendly drying aftertaste.
Vintage: 2006 Score: 5 stars
Source: Epicure - The Age
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