Saturday, February 7, 2009

2002 Rioja Alta

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I will try any sort of wine, but I will always love Rioja. She'll always occupy a special place in my heart, and whenever I begin to doubt myself, Rioja will always be there to warm me up, and restore my faith.

2002 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza, DOC Rioja.

I'm honoured that I've passed on this love of Rioja to my friends. Close friends, mind you - I could never share something so dear to me to casual wine drinkers. Rioja is just so sensual, so sexy, so intimate - whenever I pour a glass, I'm pouring my soul as well.

Ruby red colour, good saturation and just starting to turn amber/orange ever so slightly at the rim. Exotic nose of spices, cinnamon, stewed fruits, sour cherries. High acidity on the palate, a bit unbalanced in that regard. It becomes a bit too simple in the mouth. Fine tannins, silky texture - an elegant wine, but one that lacks a bit of presence and character.

Not the best Rioja I've drank. But one that begins to show what Rioja can deliver. I love this wine, as I do the friends I pour it for.

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