Familia Fernandez de Manzanos, Marques de Butrago, Reserva, DO Navarra, Spain, 2009
This wine: a blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 30% tempranillo and garnacha, aged for 24 months in oak barrel, Diam 1 agglomerate cork closure (marked with DOca Rioja), 13.5% abv, ~£10 (04/17)
Consumer tasting note: a ripe nose of red berries turning to stewed black cherry, and warm black liquorice edged with toast; ripe tannins and a medium body, with a palate of ripe black fruits, lightly savoury with an undertone of sweet oak and red liquorice. A medium-long length. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of creamy edged ripe red berries, ripe red currant, touch of red cherry, savoury, a floral touch, rich warm black liquorice, a little waxy, stewed black berry, low-key edge of toast.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, with flavours of black berry, black plum, touch of black cherry, lightly savoury, undertone of sweet oak and red liquorice. A medium (+) length, with a clean lightly grippy black berry-liquorice finish.
Quality: good, well judged acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, decent intensity on the nose and showing some complexity with a savoury, stewed berry tertiary edge; modest concentration following into a medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, will hold for a year or two but not improve.