Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2009 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Reserva. Boy am I behind on tasting notes….this is the first of a few catchup notes. I can’t say this emphatically enough….buy this wine and buy a lot of it. I did so myself. For one thing, this wine has beautiful fruit, beautiful balance and loads of complexity. It also has the stuffing to age gracefully for a couple of decades. Most astonishingly, it costs only $33 here in Austin. If this was a Bordeaux, it would cost more than $100. This, along with the Ygay Gran Reserva is my favorite Rioja vintage in and vintage out. And 2009 was a homerun for this wine.
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.