An exploration of wine

123. Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana, Rioja Reserva Imperial, 1996

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€15.90; 13%

Surprising lack of depth / concentration for a 1996 Rioja. Especially for a Reserva. Nevertheless quite enjoyable. Garnet colour. Slightly toasty notes over cassis / dark fruit, but what was most notable was the flavour of red cherries. The slightly low weight of flavour, coupled with degree of acidity and short finish suggested red rather than black cherries. Overall a little disappointing for year and grade.

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