Fortius Reserva 2004, Do Navarra

Red Blend Red Blend
Spain

$13.65 (166611)

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86 pts
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May 15, 2010

Critic Reviews (2)

John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

Nice to see a mature 2004 Spanish red here in the release. This still has the vestiges of a fair bit of American oak,...

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David Lawrason
David Lawrason

This shows a powerful wood driven nose with resin, licorice, mature, even swampy notes. It’s full, dense, smooth and...

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Community Reviews (2)

Dan Trcka
Dan Trcka

I always eagerly await anything that LCBO releases from Bodegas Fortius/Valcarlos, as their products are outstanding and for a great price. This wine is a bit disappointing, however. It is medium bodied, slightly acidic with integrated to aged notes of red currant, cherry, Earth and leather. The tannins are refined to tannic (decant for longer than 30 min) and the finish is medium. It is good to drink now or should evolve for the next 4 years (LCBO may just do that for us, as I foresee inadequate retail). My impression: NICE (when properly decanted), 88 pts. This wine should sell under $14, as it is not on the same level as its previously released siblings in comparable price range. Tasted May/10.

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Andrew Hunter
Andrew Hunter

A far cry from the '99 Gran Reserva.

A bit of a chameleon; initially disjointed; woody, hot, acidic. Medium concentration of fruit, plenty of tannin.

An hour later it had softened. Better, but still nothing great and still out of balance...but better.

the next day it had "evolved" into a tangy, smoky, very Spanish tasting wine. Anise, raisin, sweetish but quite rustic.

My guess, however, is that it's chemistry is sound, and this could age well: The fruit has enough concentration to balance out some of the tannins and the acidity is good enough to hold it all together.

but why bother?

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