From the cellar: Is this the best kept secret in Vancouver? In the middle of a pandemic we walked into a private wine store and bought a seven year old bottle of Rioja. As part of a mixed half case they gave us a 10% discount. And a year later, when we got around to popping the cork, it was fireworks.
Now for the savvy, 2013 was not a good year, if years are your primary concern. It’s not a bottle to hold, it’s a drink now (the 2015 to current vintages are your cellar picks). And yet it rolled onto the tongue like Diana’s silk-taffeta train in St. Paul’s, lingering, impressive, gorgeous. Robert Parker thought it light and I would agree that comparatively, back to back Tempranillos, yes. But somehow it was light in an invigorating and inviting way. It drank with a mellow oak, a clove slash star anise undercurrent, and restrained fruits.
Price: $40 after the discount in May, 2020.
Market Liquidity: A whole lotta satisfaction.