In a necessary move yesterday evening, my comrade was forced to open a 20 year old magnum of Rioja reserver. What a splendid choice this turned out to be... SPLENDID! The wine poured from the aged bottle and started the journey that took it from the glass to our mouths and through passages warm and welcoming to our bellies!
On opening the taste of dark berries was abundant but 30 minutes to an hour later this switched to a deep rich plummy flavour with velvety tannins. Hmmm, the memory wears well with me! The changing nose is also worth mentioning as this changed completely from rich summer fruits to a more mushroomy aroma. This was certainly one of the better Rioja's I have tasted of late and I intend to taste more.
Bring forth si vous plait!