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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Marshall Tilden III
From his first sips of wicker basket Chianti at his grandfather’s dinner table to a 1986 Premier Cru Gevrey-Chambertin, Tilden knew that there was something magical about wine. He earned his Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators. Having been with Wine Enthusiast catalog since 2005, when he is not writing about wine he also runs the wine storage division and is head of W.E.’s in-house education program.