It is amazing what you can find in bottle shops these days, but I very surprised to see this on the shelves. This wine is very old school, just the type of thing that turned generations of wine drinkers off Rioja. Even the label is very old school. You could summarise these type of wines as not having a lot of fruit, but loads of old oak and oxidative handling, a bit of brett and a musty character that you just can't describe. Some people like this style (i do at times) and you will find wines like this is bars and bottle shops all over Spain.
I couldn't find much information on this wine, but the company seems to have a large number interests and a very unhelpful web site.
The wine is muddy ruby in colour with some orange at the edges. The nose starts off with nail polish remover and moves on to varnish, leather, earth and a wiff of stable waste. The first sip is a bit odd, aldehyde and tinned corn, but this blows off to reveal light mulberry fruit, liquorice, earth and the taste of what I can only describe as musty old barrels and cow pat. Not recommended for those looking for fresh, clean, fruity wine. Generally, wine faults detract from the wine, in this case they are the attraction! 86 Pts.
Source: Retail RRP: $30 Closure: Conventional Cork