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Jon Hayes - Elkridge, MD (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/28/2010)
Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2004
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $19.99
I feel that this wines main flaw is that it's bouquet does not match is finish. When I smell the bouquet It seems extravagent and exciting, but when i taste it seems to roll quickly off the palate b/c it feels light bodied and doesnt have a lot of tannin or spiciness. Maybe I just like wines that are powerfull like... the Rentas de Fincas i just had from Rioja, or the ViNa Zaco , or even the Terra unica from Valencia.... I'm just learning Spanish wines... but these later three were a little less expensive yet I enjoyed much more as I felt they were more complex.
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Jon Hayes - Elkridge, MD (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/27/2010)
Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2004
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $19.99
I have just started drinking spanish wines, and have been focusing on Rioja. I felt that this wine being 90% Tempirllio it lacks robust character. What I've began to love in Tempirillo's is their expresive, bold, spicy, ecesntric bouquets and flavors... and I feel that this Reserva is more one note, not very complex, and although full bodied, has a short finish and is just not very exciting to me. I'm a novice drinker so take this as you wish... but I feel that it isn't spicy at all and is a little tart. The last reserva I bought was a mix w/ Monstrell and was much better for 1/2 the price.
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