Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2001 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Gran Reserva with gambas al ajillo and tortilla espanola tonight. Thanks to my friend Kiko for pointing me in the right direction with this amazing tortilla espanola recipe! The shrimp and tortilla were perfect with this wine which is all about the high notes and spice on the finish. Can go the distance but it is drinking magically well right now, so I am happy to drink it at this stage.
I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.