Monday, 8 February 2010

Marqués del Romeral Reserva Rioja

I have an unfortunate tendency to trust experts, so when a critic described Marqués del Romeral's 2005 Reserva as one of his favourite M&S wines - "a smooth, mellow, vanilla rich tempranillo blend in traditional oak aged style" - only for M&S to copy and paste said description on to a little card and attach it to the shelf bearing said bottle - I felt compelled to try it. I'm glad I did. This rioja's heavenly aroma was precisely vanilla rich, while the taste was black cherries and oak. Made from tempranillo, graciano and mazuelo grapes, it was on the dryer side, but still finished smoothly. Thank goodness for experts.

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