An exploration of wine

190. Marques de Murrieta, Rioja Reserva Especial Single Vineyard Prado Lagar, 1995

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Book 2 Wine 190

c. ESP 1,500; 13%

Bloody label… Light-medium intensity garnet colour with mid-brick rim. I first feared corking, with slightly astringent rubbery notes. These then gave way to simple toast-and-redcurrant aromas… then I realised that the wine itself was just too cold! On warming, transformed into cocoa-laden, old leather and warm stewed fruit, coupled with dried, sharp cherry and banana-vanilla. Medium bodied, light-medium tannin. Fresh palate of sour red cherry and creamy vanilla with toasty finish followed by some orange peel! Some persistence. Very pleasant after all, though didn’t quite meet raised expectations. Complex, interesting, but could have had a hint more body to be exceptional.

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