Traditional vs. Modern Rioja...and the winner is...Terroir.

2001 Gran Reserva 904, La Rioja Alta (4.5/5)


Integrity5
Balance5
Complexity4
Persistence4
Hedonism4.5

Notes: It appears med+ garnet with good legs. On the nose it's clean offering med+, fully developed, red and black fruits, earth, iron, leather and balsamic notes. On the palate is dry, with medium acidity, medium tannins (very silky), med alcohol, med+ body. Very balanced and expressive, with pronounced flavor intensity and med+ finish.     
Very Good quality, Drink Now but will keep for many many years, Premium Price, 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano, Rioja Alta, Spain.


2007 Rioja Tinto, Finca Allende  (4.2/5)

Integrity5
Balance4
Complexity3.5
Persistence4
Hedonism4

Notes: It appears deep ruby/purple with very good legs. On the nose it's clean offering medium intensity of brambles, a cool touch of apples!, black olives and some cedar/oak notes. Still developing and coming well together. On the palate is dry, with med+ acidity, med+ tannins, med+ alcohol, med+ body, med+ flavor intensity, med+ finish.    
Very Good quality, Needs time to fully develop try again in 5 years, Premium Price, 100% Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain.


Paisajes y Vinedos, Paisajes VII  Cecias 2009 (4.3/5)

Integrity5
Balance4
Complexity4
Persistence4.5
Hedonism4

Notes: It appears deep ruby/purple with very good legs. On the nose it's clean offering med+ developing notes of blackberries/ripe raspberries coulis, floral and spicy with very grenache-nose but with depth and layers. Subtle oak is well integrated. On the palate is dry, with medium acidity, smooth tannins, med+ alcohol, med+ body, med+ flavor intensity, med+ finish.    
Amazing example of what you can achieve with the underestimated Garnacha (well... it must be said these are very old vines). Drink Now but will improve and deliver pleasure up to 10 years, Premium Price, 100% Garnacha, Rioja, Spain.


Paisajes y Vinedos, Paisajes VIII 2009 La Pasada (4.4/5)

Integrity4.5
Balance4
Complexity4.5
Persistence4.5
Hedonism4.5

Notes: It appears opaque purple-blackish with very good legs. On the nose offers med+ intensity of sour black cherries, black olives tapenade, a subtle brett note that is more positive than negative, roasted coffee, backed spices and well integrated oak. On the palate is dry, with med+ acidity, med+ textured tannins, med+ alcohol, med+ to full body. There is grip on the mid palate leading to a med+ finish.    
Very Good quality, Drink Now but will improve and deliver pleasure up to 10+ years, Premium Price, 100% Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain.


So, at the end, does not matter if you belong to the traditionalist or modernist "party". Provided you respect the expression of terroir, your wine will be a great example of what your land can offer!  The rest is just matter of taste... and de gustibus non disputandum est!

Cheers! 



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