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Professional Ratings: 92 International Wine Cellar, 90 The Wine Advocate
Region: Rioja, Spain
Item no. 57389
As is often the case with Riojas, the traditional Tempranillo is used here, though there's a good pinch of Grenache and some local varietals, Mazuelo and Graciano, added for complexity. Accompanied by long ageing in new oak barriques, the result is a lovely sweet ripe wine with a bold, fruity nose. There's an additional deep herbal-earthy complexity and a hint of coconut and spice in the aromas. The palate is well balanced with more sweet herbal/fruit character.
The Seleccion Especial will benefit from a few years of cellaring. When you're ready to enjoy try this bold wines with a bold red-meat based meal: prime rib or roast lamb.
The 1996 Seleccion Especial has more intensity but not quite the same level of complexity as the 1994, with that minty leitmotif: touches of blackberry and boysenberry intermingling with marmalade. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. It is nicely rounded in texture but perhaps a little attenuated towards the finish, whereas the '94 fans out across the mouth. Drink now-2017.