Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Monte Real Gran Reserva 1998
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Always good, all the time. We've tasted this 'old school' Gran Reserva from the very traditional Bodegas Riojanas in California, in New York and in Spain. Each time it's been nothing less than joyous, easy, generous, complex, classic, earthy, subtle, velvety and rewarding...especially for the price. Thirty minutes in a decanter and you're good to go. We also had the pleasure of thoroughly enjoying the 1964 a few weeks ago. Rioja delivers the goods yet again...and will continue to do so.
Dark red with a pale rim. Pungent, spicy nose shows pure cherry, redcurrant and plum complemented by succulent herbs, vanillin oak spice and a hint of dried flowers. Supple, lush and deep, with sweet red fruit flavors framed by gentle tannins. Fleshy and sweet on the back end, with impressive concentration and focus. This should age well. - International Wine Cellar