Rioja, Spain, $109, cork seal
It's strange there's not more Spanish wines reviewed here - I'll try and rectify that, though I am going through a bit of a New Zealand phase at the moment; it's all I seem to be trying and buying. Anyway this is made from "mainly Tempranillo" (I think 85%) and has a touch of Garnacha and Graciano. It's aged in French and American oak for fifteen months and comes from Rioja Alta.
On pouring the first glass of this I initially didon't get much; it's relatively light in colour and the nose is reclusive. But having a big sniff and swirl there's aromas of blueberries, spice and a delicate floral note. The palate is simple and savoury with a flavour that I think resembles green plums. It's not a particularly flavoursome or exciting, but where this wine wins is with it's texture and structure. It has nice fine tannins, a big mouth feel and went beautifully with food; in this case BBQ duck pie and mushy peas. Marques de Caceres Crianza Rioja 2004 is a medium bodied, soft and drinkable, yet also food friendly and grippy. Is it delicious? Not really. Is it worth drinking? It certainly is with dinner.
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