Oh, now this is good!! From opening the bottle and pouring, showed a really intense nose – initially almost perfumed like roses or violets (the first time I’ve definitively noticed that, I’d say) but with some cinnamon spice notes. This opened up over time to show some meaty hints – but in particular “ham like” – Parma ham or something like that (which was fortunate because I had chosen to partner this wine with Spanish salchichón salami-style charcuterie!). Haunting bouquet. Then comes the palate. Perfectly balanced and blended tannins and acidity, with pleasant flavours of bitter cherry. Toasty finish, which could have been a little longer. Nevertheless, a finely crafted Rioja without the overblown oak of some GRs. Confirms my Montecillo view!