Another wine from the LCBOs Spanish release. Dark in color. On the nose the wine displays some wood and dark berries. On the mid pallet this wine is got some sweet fruity flavors reminiscent of a port. Some dried prunes. On the finish the wine is dominated by oak dark berries again some port like flavors backed by some strong acidity and firm tannins that build in the mouth. There’s some nice dryness as well. This is a slightly bitter wine. I like tempranillos but this is not a great one. I would give it maybe and 88 or so. A far cry 91 Jay Miller gave it. Guess our taste buds are VERY different. This is another one I will be taking back.

From the LCBO web site:
CERRO AÑON RESERVA 2005 VINTAGES 114306 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 18.95

Made in: Rioja, Spain By: Bodegas Olarra
Release Date: Mar 17, 2012

This wine is made up of Tempranillo 80%, Garnacha 5%, plus Mazuelo and Graciano at a combined total of 15%.

Tasting Note
The 2005 Cerro Anon Reserva is a similar blend to the Crianza but aged in barrel for 20 months. Sandalwood, Asian spices, incense, mineral, and espresso notes inform the nose of this savory, mouth-filling, dense, succulent offering. Give it 2-3 years of additional cellaring to fully blossom and drink it through 2020, if not longer. It is a remarkable value in traditional Rioja … Bodegas Olarra was founded in 1973 and is located in the heart of the Denominacion de Origen Calificada Rioja on the outskirts of Logrono. Score – 91. (Jay Miller, erobertparker.com, June 2011)

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