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92 • Primvm Vitae 2003 Reserva, Tempranillo, Rioja $18.99.
Garnet. Aromas of banana, meringue, clay and heirloom tomato follow through on a soft, round entry to a dryish medium body with good depth and acidity and lots of earth. Finishes with a tart, green tomato and cherry skin fade with elegant tannins. A nice food wine to pair with braised pork. (tasted on Jun-19-2009)
91 • Ysios 2004 Reserva, Rioja $30. Cellar Selection.
Garnet violet color. Dark chocolate covered coffee bean, creme brulee crust, and spicy cherry compote aromas follow through on a soft, round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with great fruit, balance and lot of earthiness. Finishes with a long, craisin, mineral, wet cedar, and dusty spice fade. A great choice to pair with lamb. (tasted on Jun-19-2009)
89 • Bodegas Montecillo 2003 Reserva, Rioja $18.
Dusty craisin, India ink, clay, custard, and antique vellum aromas follow through round supple entry with great balance and depth. Finishes with a long, craisin, menthol tobacco, tilled earth, and poached apple fade with dusty tannins. A great choice for prime rib. (tasted on Jun-19-2009)
84 • Campo Viejo 2004 Reserva, Rioja $13.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of chocolate, clay, creamy nougat, and dried black cherries follow through on a round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with tangy dried citrus, tomato, and spice notes. Finishes with a crisp, slightly pithy tannin fade. (tasted on Jun-19-2009)