Bodegas Remirez de Ganuza Rioja 2005
'[95 pts Robert Parker] Remirez de Ganuza is ''already a show stopper.'' (Stephen Tanzer) Smoky black raspberry' cassis and kirsch aromas exhibit remarkable power with an exotic coconut quality adding complexity. Deep sweet and velvety offering remarkably deep weighty dark fruit flavors and a sweet mocha character. Mouthfilling densely packed and exotic displaying an explosive array of mocha-accented berry liqueur flavors on the long spicy finish. Fantastic now' with 5 to 10 years of cellaring ''this wine will be smoking!'' (Robert Parker)The wine is aged for 2 years in French and American oak prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Malvasia and Viura Blend Nice yellow light in color. The nose is a creamy lime light aroma that fills the nose with some light nuts and wood in the background. Fully dry with a good acidity, the mouth feel is somewhat creamy with the acidty keeping it from being flabby. Light lime, and minerals round out a palate of flesh fruits. 3.5/5 [NR]
Bottled 12/15/05 Brilliant color, very dark. Nose shows strawberry, bannana, cherry, anise, black pepper, and a slight weediness. In the mouth strong acidity is followed by light tannins. Flavors of anise, black fruit, bannana peal, and some cherry. Surprisingly good. 3.5/5 [NR]