Berberana Carta de Oro Rioja Gran Reserva 2005

Rioja can be a bit of a hit or miss affair for my palate.  This wine however very nearly makes up for it.  The 2005 vintage, an extraordinary year in Rioja, opens to plush plum and blackcurrant aromatics, supplemented by aged leather, crunchy dried herbs and old oak character.  The palate is very impressive indeed: an exercise in long length intermingled with opulent and savoury plum flavours.  This wine could easily be mistaken for an old Bordeaux, and at $24 a bottle represents stunning value.  Very Good to Outstanding

Abv: 14%
Price: $24
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Website: N/a.
Tasted: 2012
December 16, 2012

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