Bodegas Patrocinio (Co-operative), Senorio de Unuela, Rioja Joven, DOCa Rioja, Rioja Alta, La Rioja, Spain, 2015
This wine: varietal tempranillo, screw cap closure, 14.5% abv, widely available, ~£10 (05/17)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of rich stewed strawberry, black cherry, liquorice and tobacco; medium-full bodied, quite warming on the medium finish, with a palate of ripe red and black cherry, with edges of wet prune and liquorice. A medium length. Decant for 20-30 minutes.
I am not sure that this would blind taste as Rioja, alcohol is too high, perhaps in an ultra-modern international style.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of cold stewed strawberry, black cherry with a lactic edge, touches of black liquorice and sweet tobacco.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, high alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of over-ripe red cherry, ripe black cherry, touch of wet prune and liquorice. A medium length with a clean, black and ripe red berry finish with a moderate grip.
Quality: good, acids and tannins in keeping with the whole, but initial seemingly well-integrated alcohol becomes quite warming and out of place on the finish; decent intensity and concentration, showing simple complexity, been through MLF with a lactic note, and showing a touch of early bottle age with tertiary tobacco. A medium length with a moderately grippy finish.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – alcohol is a bit out of kilter, and the length is modest.