Rolland Galarreta – R&G Tempranillo 2011 – Rioja

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Wine with a fairly youthful appearance here, from a medium towards deep ruby-red. Quite generous nose here. With a fair amount of roasted oak, some vanilla wood. With quite ripe fruit here, more in the red fruity spectrum, with plum, with some cranberry, rosehip. There is a lot of spiciness as well here. There is pepper, some liquorice, anise seed. The palate I would call it a classic medium weight. Medium towards full. Quite rounded with upfront and generous fruit. There is still a slightly youthful tannic presence there. Quite fine but quite a lot of them. The oak is present with some vanilla and a slight hint of toastiness. Finish is medium towards long quite bold and ripe with opulent fruit. So a very charming style slightly modern, with great upfront fruit to enjoy today. It should have an ageing potential for another four to six years.

Tasted by the Best Sommelier of the World, Andreas Larsson.