2004 Conde de Valdemar Reserva, DOCa Rioja
A lot of wine classifications are meaningless - just look at the mess in Saint-Émilion. They can be a helpful guide to consumers, but that should hardly be the deciding factor when making a purchase. This, however, is becoming a bit clearer to me. Rioja wines with the Denominación de Origen Calificada classification always seem to show great consistency.
This one is no exception. Classic Rioja character, that vanilla, red berries and spice. I need to start drinking other wines because Rioja is always the safe choice. Great stuff.