I’ve been drinking old school Rioja all this week, so I thought that I’d finish off with one of the classics. Marques de Riscal has been around for ages and it is one of the best known Spanish wines. It was also one of the first Spanish wines I tasted, I remember wandering around the narrow street and plazas of Seville eating tapas and drinking bottles of the stuff each night.
The wine is made of grapes from vines that are at least 15 years old and is the classic mix of 90% Tempranillo with the remainder made up of Graciano and Mazuelo. It sees two years in American oak and a further year in bottle before release.
This is clearly the best Marques de Riscal in a long time, it has a great nose of jammy blackberries and dark cherry, and some oak characters like cigar box and mocha coffee. I had decanted it for an hour, but it needs much more time, the wine continually evolved in the glass. The palate shows sour cherry, a bit of liquorice, cinnamon and black pepper on the finish. There is some good structure in the mouth with the tannins making themselves known, but keeping it nice and smooth. Very good now, but I’ll be putting a few away for at least 5 years, maybe 10. 91 Pts.
Source: Boccaccio Cellars Price: $44 Closure: Conventional Cork
From the Cellar: 2008