Urbina, Rioja Gran Reserva 2004
The Wine Society - £18.50
Tasting date - 12/01/2019
Appearance - Pale garnet
Nose intensity - Pronounced
Primary aroma - Strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, cranberry violet
Secondary aroma - Vanilla, clove, nutmeg, smoke, toast, cinnamon
Tertiary aroma - Raisin, sultana, dry leaves, leather, meaty, gamey, cigar
Sweetness - Dry
Acidity - High
Tannin and nature - Medium and soft
Alcohol - Medium plus
Body - Medium plus
Intensity - Medium plus
Primary flavours - Strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, cranberry violet
Secondary flavours - Vanilla, clove, nutmeg, smoke, toast, cinnamon
Tertiary flavours - Raisin, sultana, dry leaves, leather, meaty, gamey, cigar
Finish - Long
Quality - Outstanding
Blind Tasting Logic
A very simple wine to analyse in terms of quality and BLIC will get you all the way there. The only issue is that some students may not feel the wine has enough inherent power to be outstanding. However, the elegance, complexity and harmony of the flavours and aromas coupling that with the obvious ability to age cleary point to an assessment of ‘outstanding’.
This is what I would classify as an ‘old school’ Rioja in some ways similar to wines from La Rioja Alta, delicacy, fragrance and aromatic lift is what makes this wine stand out.
Mature top quality Bordeaux or Sangiovese would be the wines could be confused with this wine, but higher, more grippy tannins lead us to Tempranillo.