Drinking Spanish Wine

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from F. Wildman.

Another country whose wines I don’t drink that often. A shame too, there are lots of good, well priced wines coming out of Spain. Not to mention, after I moved on from my early days with Riesling, I went straight for Albariño, in particular the Nora.  Mmmmmm, Albariño. Oh, sorry, I got distracted there for a moment. Tonight we tried the 2004 Coto De Imaz Rioja. It retails for around $20, clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, and had a real cork closure.

On the nose I found start anise, black currant, dark berries, cardamon, herbs, earth, plum, and wood. It smelled like I took all the spices and herbs in my spice rack, dumped them in a bowl, mixed them together, and put them in this wine. I had trouble separating the herbs and spices as I smelled so many. In the mouth I got spice, plum, black currant, and wood. Lots of wood. For me, this fell off a bit in the mouth and I was expecting something a little more complex based on the nose.

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One Response

  1. Whoa! I know where this glass comes from! Thanks for the plug!

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