Deep cherry with russet rim. Clean and brilliant. Spicy notes on the nose, with vanilla and black fruit, balanced by an elegant touch of oak. Spice and notes of fine aging on the palate. Good structure, elegant tannins and a pleasant, lingering finish.
An ideal companion for grilled or barbecued red meat, all types of stew and spicy dishes. A powerful wine, it also enhances the flavor of fish, such as tuna, salmon or cod.
"The 2008 Reserva has a lot more going on. Both nose and palate are deeper than the 2009 Crianza, with ripe fruit, floral aromas and hints of the telltale notes of the properly aged traditional Rioja: leather, incense, tea leaves and smoke. The palate is balanced, with good acidity. This is a great commercial Rioja at a very attractive price."
The Wine Advocate
Smooth & Supple
I just bought a bottle from Costco at under $10. It's as good as any Rioja I have had at any price. Heading back today to buy a couple of cases.