Bodegas Valgrande, Rincón de Navas, Riserva, Rioja Alta, Rioja DOC, Spain, 1995, 12% abv.

Ricon 1This Rioja classic is connected to the Valduero family who also own bodegas in Ribero del Duero and Toro.

The cork was perfect – a happy surprise to find on a 20 year old wine.  The Rincón has a translucent shade of ruby red complimented by a copper tint and aromas of deep, black Byng about-to-burst their skins cherry with dry tobacco leaf and crushed herbs.  Distinct cigar developed over the course of the evening.

The palate is dry, the alcohol completely integrated and the tannins ripe and silky.  Medium plus flavours included more black cherry with Damson plum, bramble and dark fig with some leather strap, cocoa nib and a little fennel.

This is well balanced and elegant, quite delicate and slender – a perfectly married 20 year old example of Rioja riserva.   Drink now – don’t delay or lay down any longer.

WSET Very Good +.

The Rincón de Navas stood up to our evening, never faded and complimented Marta’s earthy risotto made with porcini  mushroom, spicy sausage and pecorino crotonese cheese beautifully.  Those silky smooth tannins were woken up by the fat in the risotto.  Thanks for sharing, Marta!

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