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Urbina, Rioja Gran Reserva 2004

January 13, 2019

 

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.

 

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