Marqués de Riscal began with a dream back in 1858 and over 150 years later, the Bodega decided to commemorate the 150th Anniversary with a Gran Reserva Rioja that befitted the history and standing of such great wines. The result it this outstanding Tempranillo blend from the 2001 vintage, a truly special vintage in the Rioja region. Dark cherry in colour with complex aromas of balsamic, charred wood and layers of spices. The palate follows with a viscous mouthfeel with a good concentration of tannins and acid structure. A truly remarkable Rioja that pays a great tribute.
With extended barrel and bottle aging, even at a decade old the colour is still remarkably deep. With intense black fruits, paneforte, spice and tobacco aromas and rich smooth chocolaty tannins, this wine is simply superb.
Vintage: 2001 Score: 96 points
Andrew Caillard MW
A little animale on on opening, then sweet and dandy. Beef stock, mint, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, dark cherry, blackberry - bottle age and barrel age complexity both doing their things. It's medium bodied with firm, but silky tannin that shapes and controls the length of the palate - a smooth mesh of flavour and texture delivered with impeccable Old World manners. Long dry finish. Will live for years (cork permitting), but superb right now. A great vintage of a classic wine.
Vintage: 2001 Score: 95 points
Source: The Wine Front
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