Carlos Serres Reserva Rioja 2010

The Data

Country   Spain

Appellation   Rioja

Varietal   Red Blend

Retail Price   $15

ABV   13.5%

In the Glass

Appearance

Bright garnet red.

Aromatics

The nose reveals a classic Rioja red in the best possible way offering scents of ripe and aged black fruits with accents of earth, brown baking spices, and oak.

Flavor

The palate fully confirms the nose delivering a rich and complex fruit core with flanking notes of earth, oak, and spice with hints of leather and cigar box.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied with perfect balance and great length finishing with rounded tannins.

Cool Factor

A

The entire Carlos Serres portfolio is absolutely cool offering complex flavors and value.

Value Grade

A

When you can get a beautiful Rioja Reserva for the incredibly low price of $15 you have to jump in with both feet.

Analysis

This lovely Rioja Reserva is made with 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. The grapes are 100% estate grown, harvested from select parcels of their Finca El Estanque vineyard. The vines average 30 years in age. It is aged for 24 months in a combination of French and American oak. The resulting wine is both youthful and mature leaning more toward the classic Rioja style with a healthy dose of the new international style added for intrigue. 94 points out of 100.

How to Enjoy

The wine's complex and sometimes subtle flavors call for grilled meats or aged hard cheeses to best show their hidden flavors.

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