Bodegas Domeco de Jarauta, Vina Marro, Joven, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2016
Normally, the joven, or young wine category, covers wines that are commercialised within one or two years of harvest, to preserve a fresh, fruity character, with no requirement for oaking. But joven may also include wines originally destined for higher classification levels, which for one reason or another do not fit with regulations, and have been declassified. So joven may include wines that have been exposed to oak, for an unregulated and/or indeterminate period.
This wine: a tempranillo dominated blend, coated natural cork closure, 14% abv, Gauntleys, £9.80 (05/17)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of pine edged toasty red and black berries, black olive, liquorice and spice; medium bodied, quite fresh, with a palate of red cherry, plum and berries, and touches of pine, blackberry and with a little time black cherry. Finishes medium. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, developing, medium (+) intensity, with aromas as they come, of pine and sweet oak, black berry, black liquorice, beeswax, spicy red cherry, red plum juice, hint of toast, black olive, a savoury edge, red currant jelly.
Palate: dry, high acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of red cherry edged with oak, red plum juice, red currant, edge of pine, a savoury edge with a touch of black berry, developing into black cherry with a little time. A medium length, with a clean slightly savoury red cherry finish and a touch of wood.
Quality: good, well-balanced fresh acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol; youthful, decent intensity throughout, similar concentration; some complexity, with evidence of exposure to new oak with secondary toasty and oaky notes, along with bottle age black olive and beeswax. Follows into a slightly disappointing medium length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for a year or two, and whilst nicely balanced, lacks intensity, concentration and indicative length.