The Reserve Rioja started with notes of cherry, spice, and leather laced with mild minerality. It had a moderately long finish with a touch of mouth-puckering tartness. The wine was tight at first but opened up over time. Light body, smooth, bright acidity, and very juicy in the mouth. The acidity and minerality of the wine lends it to pair well with a tangy dish (think freshly squeezed lemon). I couldn't drink the wine alone, however. At $35 a bottle, I was slightly disappointed with this wine. Better luck next time.
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