93 Points ~ La Guia Penin (Spain’s most famous and comprehensive wine guide) 91 Points ~ Decanter Magazine
Black-cherry-colour, with violet hues which signify youthfulness and good evolution. Intense, concentrated aroma with dark berried fruit (plums, blackberries and blueberries) which mingle elegantly with the tertiary aromas from the oak ageing, bringing out balsamic notes of liquorice and eucalyptus, a fine base of caramel and toffee, and a spicy, mineral finish which gives the wine great aromatic complexity. On the palate, it is supple and oily, with good backbone, in which the taste sensations appear at all times with great finesse and elegance. It has a very pleasant finish, long and lingering with a balsamic, spicy, mineral retronasal sensation that seems to go on and on.
Finca Torrea is different than the wines traditionally produced by Marqués de Riscal. It has a more modern character, with greater fruitiness and fewer balsamic nuances, with a shorter period of cask ageing, using French oak casks, and also shorter bottle ageing.
The wine label is an abstraction of the famous architecture of the winery building and vineyard plots themselves.
Varietals: 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano
D.O.C.: Rioja, Spain
Barrel Regime: 18 months in French and American oak
Marqués de Riscal is one of the oldest Rioja wineries. Founded in Elciego (Álava) in 1858 by Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the winery has been a reference point at both the national and international levels. The winery itself is literally a work of art, designed and “Wrapped” by Frank Gehry. The winery also features a luxury hotel for guests.
Marqués de Riscal is truly a global brand as it exports 60% of its production, distributing to more than 80 countries. Marqués de Riscal wines have received the highest international accolades as well as numerous awards and mentions in the critical press. It was the first non-French wine to win the diploma of honor of the Bordeaux Exhibition. This diploma was added to the wine’s label and to this day is represented on the wine bottles with pride.
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@StellaDarling I’d be willing to take 6 off your hands. I’m in Chicago, but drive through NW Indiana/SW Michigan a few times a year. I do need to head up to Three Oaks, MI to pick up some bourbon and my empty barrel soon.
Do not rely in any way on the below comments, because;
My palate is shot from finishing up a
2010 Patton Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
and starting a
2013 Wind Gap Wines Pinot Noir Amaya Ridge Vineyard
but I did find, thanks CT, that I had a '16 in the house.
PnP @ 17ºC into a Casemates stemless, no alcohol I could perceive. Duh, look what I’ve already been pouring, as daughter is visiting and leaving tomorrow.
I like the nose, a nice bit of funk to accompany dark dry fruits.
Not a ‘simple’ bottle, but neither is it, for me, this evening, something to contemplate either; but consider time and place. A solid effort that’s interesting, with a reasonably long finish . Really need to revisit to be objective.
Daughter was meh with it, and then they fed me apple pie, vanilla ice cream with Cavedoni balsamic topping to pair with the Rioja.
Yeah, a sick Rat, but I ate it and drank as well.
I was not paid for this, and you get what you pay for…
And no, you don’t get a Lab Rat banner or highlight.
Deal with it.
If there is any left tomorrow, perhaps I can make sense of this for y’all with a second tip of the bottle.
I’ll likely grab some additional, both to squirrel and gift.
At this price point, it doesn’t require all that much thought.
Depending on what others end up wanting, and if bfibear joins in, a second case may be advisable.
I did put in the order for a case, and I could settle for 4. Work is in Mira Mesa area of SD for exchange.
While I was hoping for a 1/2 case, how does the below look for all? I could back it down additionally if a three wants to be four or a two wants to be three.
I’ll post tracking here when I get it. Please whisper contact info.
I’ll be in San Diego April 17-24. If I order two bottles, it seems from the estimated delivery dates that they might arrive while I’m there. The last bottles I shipped there were enjoyed without me. Is it safe to say these will arrive before or during my stay? Or would you San Diego folks like me to grab a couple/few bottles if you do a split?
Popped the 2016 from last year’s vertical this morning. Was waiting to commit until tonight after I enjoyed more of the bottle, but the threat of a sellout and the delicious sips from this morning have me in for a case!
OK, this keeps coming up, and I have(had) 11 bottles left. I don’t recall the first one, but #2 is: Great fruit, full spectrum. Drying tannins. Enough acid to make me want to take another sip.
Will be drinking with an avocado salad that I made; avocados, tomatoes, roasted pablanos, jalapenos, red onion soaked in rice wine vinegar, cilantro, a shallot, fresh garlic, coriander, cumin, salt, black pepper, a little garlic powder, a little chile powder and a little lime juice.
The alcohol is well-masked. Relatively short finish. Overall, a very nice drinking wine.
Finally was able to open a bottle of this. Mmm… that was yummy stuff. I am happy I got in on this deal. Nice tannins, nice buzz, nice fruit and oak. It kept getting better the longer we sipped and held up nicely against our pork dinner.