Friday, 28 December 2012

Boxing Day Wine

I was given a bottle of wine as a thank you this month, and I thought it would be good to have with the Gammon on Boxing Day. It was a Rioja from Baron De Ley vineyard, in the North Eastern part of Spain. It was from the 2006 vintage. Having been aged in new oak for two years, the colour was a deep rich ruby red.

The nose was full of stewed cherries, plums and cherry wood. The initial taste was rhubarb and worn leather. The stewed plums came back in, along with plenty of oak and spice. The finish was almonds and smooth cherries. Beautifully aged and once open, it seemed to get better and better.

A very nice thank you.

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