Tasting Note                         

89   2001 Castillo LaBastida  Rioja Reserva   8/23/09 ($16)

  14% alc 
Color: Medium garnet. (3.0) Bouquet: Cedar and cassis with an interesting herbal tea component. Aromatic and elegant. (3.0) Body: Solid middleweight with good tannic structure, acidity and fruit as part of a very well balanced frame. Coats the mouth nicely. (3.0) Flavor: Parallels bouquet with impressive liveliness and persistence for the price. (3.0) Finish: Parallels flavor with good length and some subtlety. Cedar lingers. Could show a bit more fruit here. (2.5)
Overall: Fully developed Rioja with elegance, cedar, fruit, balance and a persistent backbone. Nuanced and impressive for the price. Excellent buy. Drink now.


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