An exploration of wine

147. Baron de Oña, Rioja Reserva, 1996

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Book 1 Wine 147

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Not a big-name Rioja in UK at all, but bought in Madrid airport on the recommendation of the “Guia Penin”, the Spanish equivalent of the Guide Hachette. A good recommendation. A well-integrated Rioja, where the oak-ageing of the Reserva process doesn’t dominate the fruit and flavour. Deep red, with slight brick-red edges. Aroma of toast, mocha / coffee and prunes. Lightly oaky / vanilla flavour over (I think) redcurrant – mid-to-full bodied, but with fresh acid finish. Quite long. Nice drinking.

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