By way of background, opening thoughts: I loved this wine when I sampled it recently in a restaurant in San Francisco. To me, it was a classically-styled Spanish red wine, with some new world guts. But it was the 2006 vintage I tried, not the 2005. So today we'll wind back a little in the time machine to see how 2005 fares.
Original tasting and review, 9 years from vintage date , February, 2014: This is Alejandro Fernandez' Dehesa La Granja, Castilla y Leon, Spain, 2005, finished at 14% alcohol and built of 100% tempranillo aged for two years entirely in new American oak barrels.
In the glass: Deep rich muddy red, opaque from within a half inch. Emphasis on the muddy, ruddy redness.
On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, liqueur-like red currant.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright, grainy red currants; feels like it definitely wants to time to decant. I'll give it another try post-decant.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, even before decanting.
Following decant, of about two hours, now shows soft purple liqueur tones and hint of old world on palate. Gets a plus on its three stars and becomes a good value.
Following longer decant, overnight in a partially filled bottle, the aroma carries eucalyptus and the palate brings both brightness and depth.
Updated review, over a year later, now 10 years from vintage date , June, 2015: Color is still the deep ruddy red. Aromas are of red currants and some old oak. The palate is bright, grainy, rich red currants, with nice, drippy robes of gentle sweet fruit. Really beginning to show some luscious red tones blended with the old school currant brightness.
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