Saturday, August 17, 2013

Review: ***+ $$ Bodegas Ondarre Reserva Rioja, Spain, 2004 - GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: We're trying a well-regarded, though value-priced Rioja with a solid eight years of age since vintage date.  This one made Wine Spectator's Top 100 List. 

Original tasting and review , February, 2012: This is Bodegas Ondarre Reserva Rioja, Spain, 2004, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Medium deep magenta, turns opaque in the very center of the glass.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows bold, funky old-world bramble surrounding a core of fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bold yet spicy, perhaps peppery.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact spicy and full on the palate, bringing old world wood along with the fruit.  Excellent balance of fruit with bold acids and tannins, showing flavors of blackberries and hints of brighter raspberries. 

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for longevity and terroir.  Good value.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Softer old-world woodiness on the nose.  Probably some brett (Brettanomyces) is creating this element.  Palate remains spicy, both bright and deep.  Finishes towards the bright side. 

Updated review, about a year and a half later, August, 2013:  Consistent funky, old-world aromas with some oxidizing.  Lots of old world funk with the still-present fruit, much as experienced a year earlier.

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