2016 Abtole Reserva Rioja Tempranillo
Abtole was the original name of the old Rioja town of Autol, and is home to Bodegas Marques de Reinosa, who makes this excellent generous Rioja loaded with plenty of fruit and toasty vanillin characters from the 24 months aging in French and American oak.
Totally opaque black dark red colour with a dark red hue. Prominent liquorice top notes show excellent intensity out of the glass with ripe blackberry, vanillin oak, earthy mocha and spice scents ensuing. Medium to full in body with a plush feel, the palate is generously endowed with rich liquorice, black raspberry and toasty vanillin oak flavours. Mocha, earth and spice characters also chime in. Ripe polished tannins have a sturdy underbelly. Concludes long and opulent yet also slightly chewy.
Drink over the next 3-4 years.