Remelluri Reserva Rioja 2009
Wine: Reserva Rioja
Varieties : Garnacha, Graciano, Tempranillo (Undisclosed %)
Having been wowed by the 2008 and then finding out rather disappointingly that I was unable to obtain another a bottle, I plumped for the 2009 and it usurped the 2008 in every single way, which was a huge and unexpected bonus!
Provocative scents of raspberry, plum, leather, dried spice, fresh tobacco and vanilla fill in the room. This wine is perfect upon opening and there is no need for decanting; the palate offers up dried red fruit at first, yielding to darker rich fruits, before the savoury elements take over: earthy, herby and bitter dark chocolate toward the finish.
Medium bodied, medium plus acidity, medium plus intensity and polished ripe tannins. This wine has it all, and best of all it's under £20, the best price point of all. Get it while it lasts folks!