Bodega Abel Mendoza Monge, Jarrarte, Crianza, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2009
This wine: varietal tempranillo, fermented in stainless steel, aged for 12 months in Allier oak, natural cork closure, 14% abv, Gauntleys, £23.74 (03/17)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of rich warm toast, then ripe black cherry and black berry break through, edged with signature Riojan rich creamed coconut and vanilla hints; medium-full bodied, with a palate of ripe black cherry and black berry, coconut, vanilla and a touch of liquorice. Finishes long. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears, no sediment.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of toast, ripe black cherry edged with creamed (in a lactic sense) coconut, over-ripe black berry, touch of vanilla, fleeting whiff of pine, ever so slightly high-toned warm bees-wax, stewed red plum, hints of warm leaf humus, black liquorice, spicy dark red plum jam.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, smooth ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of creamed coconut, ripe black cherry, over-ripe black berry, hint of vanilla, warm bees-wax and sweet oak, with a hint of black liquorice after some time, and a vague hint of black currant, which becomes clearer on day 2. A long length with a clean ripe black cherry finish, edged with creamed coconut and vanilla hints.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced fresh acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, harmonious overall; good intensity and concentration of flavour, showing a developing profile from ageing in new oak and bottle, with notes of coconut, spice, toast, and bees-wax, with leaf humus and jam/stewed fruits respectively; showing moderate complexity, following into a long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing – a sound structure, showing some tertiary development, with plenty of fruit of good intensity and concentration, with a long length, this should improve over say 2-4 years.