An exploration of wine

163. Bodegas Domecq, Marques de Arienzo Gran Reserva Rioja Alavesa, 1989

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1,500 ESP; 13%

Bugger of a label. Pretty nice Gran Reserva, that was certainly ready to drink. Medium garnet core with browning rim. Slightly “varnishy” oak over some residual dried cherry fruit, but predominantly secondary aromas. Medium-bodied, with acidic structure and soft residual tannin. Quite long and overall very drinkable, but all-in-all slightly less well “integrated” as the 1990 overleaf…

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