Delicious. Complex spices from the Granache. Drank next to the Lan 2005 Rioja (well-rated by Wine Spectator) and the Valsacro is clearly a meatier choice.
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The 2004 Crianza is a blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, and Mazuelo. Dark crimson in color, the nose reveals lots of spice, mineral, black raspberry, and black cherry. On the palate this Rioja is layered and rich with enough silky tannin to evolve for several years. Spicy, satisfying, and lengthy, this is a wine to enjoy now and over the next 8ndash;10 years.
Alluring aromas of blackberry and spice give way to blackberry, cola, toast and mineral flavors, on a plush texture, with well-integrated tannins and succulent acidity. A modern style, with lots of oak, but enough fruit for balance. Drink now through 2011.
Ruby-red. Deeply spicy, pungent aromas of sweet red and dark berries complemented by toasty oak, dried flowers, cigar box and coffee. Lush, supple and weighty with vibrancy to its cherry and blackcurrant tones, and focus from its supple tannins. Finishes sweet and long, with a lingering note of cherry liqueur.
The purple-colored 2004 Crianza is a blend of 50% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha, and 10% Mazuelo. It has an excellent perfume of mineral, scorched earth, violets, black cherry leading to a layered, ripe, medium to full-bodied wine. On the palate spicy black fruit and mineral notes emerge leading to a medium long, fruit-filled finish. It will evolve for 2ndash;3 years and provide optimum drinking from 2012 to 2024.
Bright purple. Deep, oaky aromas of candied blackberry, cassis and plum, with suggestions of white pepper, mocha and vanilla. Supple and medium-bodied but also nicely focused, the sweet dark berry flavors gently lifted by suave, sneaky acidity. Lush, sweet and long on the finish, with expanding blackberry and black raspberry flavors.
The 2004 Rioja, made from 70-year old Grenache, 28-year old Tempranillo, and 25-year old Mazuelo, is a serious, structured, backward effort displaying notes of lead pencil shavings, black cherries, cedar and licorice. It is a medium-bodied, attractive, elegant Rioja with moderately high tannin, excellent depth, and fine purity as well as personality. Still tightly knit, it will benefit from another year or two of bottle age, and should last for a decade.
Tender and expressive, this red offers black raspberry, boysenberry, cocoa and tobacco flavors, generous on the palate, but with gentle tannins. Not muscular, but intriguing and harmonious. Drink now through 2011.