Sweet and raisiny, and not in the best shape. This mature Rioja is drying in the mouth and a bit overaged already; it tastes of raisin, coffee and spice, but there's a bit of heat and baked character to it as well. For an '04 reserva it's just not as lively and fresh as it should be.
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Spanish and South American Editor
Reviews wines from Argentina, Chile and Spain.
Michael Schachner is a New York-based journalist specializing in wine, food and travel. His articles appear regularly in Wine Enthusiast,
where he is a longstanding contributing editor responsible for South America and Spain. Schachner reviews more than 2,000 wines annually for WE
and regularly travels to Chile, Argentina and Spain to keep abreast of the constantly changing global wine map.