1998 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Monte Real Gran Reserva (Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja)

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La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Red Wine, Rioja, Spain, Tempranillo

A fun Rioja. You won’t drink this and reflect upon your life and famous literary works, but you can drink this with some grilled lamb or beef or even a nice light mediterranean dinner and admire the perfumed aroma of this wine, the wonderful blackberry and currant fruit, the leather and pronounced earthiness, with a hint of dill pickle. Superb finish and no flaws. Text-book Rioja with some nice age on it that is simply begging to be consumed right now.
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K&L Wines: $41.99/bottle. Click here for product page.

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