An exploration of wine

738. Bodegas Riojanas, Monte Real Rioja Gran Reserva, 2001

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Book 4 Wine 738

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The final bottle of this, and it showed much better. A classic, old-school Rioja at maturity. Medium garnet with a broad, brick tinged rim. Medium+ intensity, base layer or cherry fruit, with first a slightly metallic blood tang, followed by surprisingly subtle, cedary oak. Tinges of dark fruit, then vanilla. Medium bodied, medium acidity, medium, silky tannins that are fully mature. Medium intensity black cherry and oak-spice palate. Medium length, with a slightly bitter finish.

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