• Ermita de San Felices Rioja Reserva 2010

Ermita de San Felices Rioja Reserva 2010

Tempranillo|Rioja Alta, Spain

From Bodegas Santalba, a family producer of traditional-minded Rioja in the northwest pocket of Rioja – the Alta region. This is their Reserva bottling, made only in the best vintages. Aged for 17 months in barrel and another 24 months in bottle – in fact, by law Reserva wines must be aged for a minimum three years before release. The bodega has held this parcel back at their estate even longer, feeling that it must spend additional time in bottle to develop the highly sought-after bouquet Rioja is so known for.

One immediately grasps the significance in the aging, from the ruby core to the iron rust-colored rim, with hints of tawny. 
The nose is deliciously, classically Rioja Reserva: deeply savory with dried cherries, oolong, tobacco leaf, and clove.  The palate has a bright cherry-strawberry tint with soft, well developed tannins, brisk acidity, and all those savory notes of tea leaves, red and black licorice, tobacco and dry spices.
It doesn't get much better than decade-old Rioja Reserva, and at this price you can stock up!

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