2020 La Sorda Vendimia Selleccionada Rioja
A blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo aged in used American oak for 5 months followed by a further 9 months in tank.
Deep dark red black colour with a dark red hue. Pronounced ripe black cherry and liquorice aromas are followed by vanillin cedar, earth, leather and spice notes. On the palate rich black cherry and liquorice fruits carry a ripe chewy feel with notions of vanillin oak, scorched earth, leather and spice lingering through the back half. Excellent concentration with a robust tannin structure leading into a deeply fruited, slightly grippy conclusion of admirable length.
Drink over the next 3-4 years.
A fine if youthful Rioja, naturally Tempranillo dominant. It is deep magenta in colour with a lovely focused nose exhibiting notes of cherries, herbs, raspberries and roast meats. Soft texture and of medium length, this is finely balanced with a slow, gentle fade. Attractive now and for the next three to four years. Worth seeking out. Drink 2022-2026.
Ken Gargett – WinePilot.com