An exploration of wine

896. Torre de Oña, Rioja Reserva, 2008

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Book 5 Wine 896

£23.95; 13.8%

Dropped into a tempranillo line-up as an example of wine aged in Hungarian oak. La Rioja Alta use Hungarian for this comparatively modern-style Rioja, to express the terroir better. It certainly had an earthy quality to the toasted coconut oak. Mid-deep garnet, with a broad rim. Relatively muted black cherry fruit, overlayed with mocha, earthy spice, vanilla and toasted coconut oak. On the palate, black cherry and smoky minerality. Some earthy toastiness. Still quite primary. Decent length, fine tannins and some refreshment from acidity. Pretty good.

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