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The 2005 Montecillo Gran Reserva has captivating bouquet full of dried cherry, wood, light vanilla, allspice and subtle dried mushroom notes. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, integrated to aged wine; with good acidity, refined tannins (decant for 1+ hours – more than 2 hr is even better) and a long, clean, vanilla/woody finish. Drink with food or sip on its own; drink now – 2020? My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 91 pts – a classic, well made Rioja that is slightly too $$, but recommended for its quality. Tasted Nov/13.
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Lovely nose, but the taste falls short.
Positives: This wine features sandalwood, dried cherries, portobello mushrooms, sage & oregano. Medium light body with low tannins, average acidity and length.
Negatives: Taste is on the watery side..
Drink now on its own or pair it with grilled lamb chops.
Tasted: 29 Nov 2013
Score: 8.5/10, Value: 8.5/10 Total: 17/20
Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5
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