Dark, mineral aromas carry into a lush, plummy palate framed by ripe, chewy tannins. The persistent finish features balanced acidity and sweet fruit tannin. -Winemaker's Notes
Open, medium-intensity cherry-red with an orange rim. The nose is very intense with a classic Rioja bouquet —spicy, balsamic, cured leather, cocoa, tobacco and vanilla notes set against a background of candied fruit. Elegant in the mouth, with good structure and balance, silky, creamy tannins and a lively acidity on the finish. Big, complex aftertaste which will grow as the wine ages in the bottle. This great classic Rioja is suitable with main courses without heavy sauces, meat stews and desserts with chocolate. -Winemaker's Notes
"A sober, refined wine now nearing its peak. Classic long aged Rioja, nose dominated by tertiary components: black tea, fine leather, balsamic notes. High-toned mouthfeel with great acidity and natural concentration."
94pts -Wine Advocate
"The 1998 Gran Reserva 890 is more or less the same blend and vinification as the 1995 with just a little more alcohol (13%). It has impressive intensity on the nose with lifted dark cherry and briary notes. It has very fine delineation with aromas of licorice and orange rind. The palate is very well-balanced with fine tannins, crisp acidity and lively fresh citrus fresh fruit: small red cherries intermingling with orange zest, marmalade and cassis. It will need several years before it reaches its drinking plateau, but patently has great potential."
Ribera del Duero, Castilla y León, Spain
Here is a surprising wine from Ribera del Duero. From the start you get a welcoming farmland aroma of lanolin, game meat and bleu cheese. The palate focuses on dried cranberries and plums all with an earthy backbone. Enjoy this balanced red with a bison bleu cheese burger, cassoulet, or Foie Gras.