This Rioja with a light- to medium-weight profile elicited quite varying responses. Undeniably elegant, some found it a bit thin, the sour-cherry tartness turning a bit puckery at the end. Others found it quite complex, well-integrated, smooth and supple, very Pinot Noir-like with a long, juicy dusty-tannin finish. Drink now through 2006.
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Sarah E. Daniels
Daniels is the former Dining Editor at Hudson Valley magazine who has also written and edited for web-based publications such as Food52 and The Kitchn, and has assisted in food styling and recipe testing for an assortment of cookbooks. Prior to her career in culinary-related media, Daniels spent years as a pastry chef at venues throughout upstate New York and completed the Longhouse Food Scholars program. She has a soft spot for quiche and hiking trails with footbridges, and would be hard-pressed to turn down a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.