2004 Rioja Tempranillo
Lot 93 2004 Rioja Tempranillo
Holy cow--you've never smelled a wine like this. It's like dessert on the nose with huge notes of toasty vanilla oak, chocolate, cigar smoke, and molten licorice. The wine soars across your palate with immense complexity, mingling chocolate, earth, and licorice gumdrops. It's massively structured, intense and concentrated with big, grainy tannins that are perfectly melded to a mineral component, cigar smoke, toffee, and earthy fruit. The finish goes on and on for 2 to 3 minutes with excellent focus and concentration. Magnificent.