Sunday, May 16, 2010

2005 Rioja

Tri-tip steak Friday night with Romesco sauce.  We went with a Spanish wine, a 2005 Sierra Cantabria Rioja Crianza.

Interesting color in the glass, reddish brown with a slight bit of purple, as though someone mixed some rust color into the wine.  Wonderful nose of dirt and red cherries.

Full flavored with the cherries, a bit of cinnamon, a hint of vanilla and a wonderful taste of totally clean and dry earth.  Great acidity, good tannin and a very well balanced wine.   For $20 it's priced just about right. 

Finished it off last night and it was still fresh and good.

Nice wine.

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