Wine Tasting Video: Five Minutes with Rioja (-ish)

Viña Real Rioja Crianza 2009 (£9.99 Harrods, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Bin 21, The Clifton Cellar, Pimlico Dozen, D K Vintners, Liquid Treasures)
Bouncy, Tigger-like wine with earthy, warm raspberry and loganberry fruit, some spicy coconut and vanilla notes from the oak, and an orange peel and apple freshness to the finish. S(-)

Viña Real Rioja Reserva 2005 (£17.49 Majestic Wine, The Wine Society, Tanners, Berry Bros & Rudd, D Byrne & Co, Clifton Cellars)
Vigorous and juicy, hearty and fresh, with plush plum and berry flesh pepped up with dusty coconut notes, and a warm, friendly yet refreshing finish. Bags of life ahead of this. S

Viña Real Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 (£21.49 Majestic Wine, The Wine Society, Berry Bros & Rudd, Hailsham Cellars, Oxford Wine Company)
Rich, rounded and complex, almost like Burgundy meets southern Rhône. Classic berry, plum and orange peel flavours woven through with edges of cloves, allspice, coconut & vanilla, still fresh and energetic, and with a meaty untamed side too. Yum. S+

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