2004 Montebuena Rioja

Price: $7.99 @ K&L Wines imported by J & D Selections

What They Said:

Per K&L Wines “90 points Robert Parker: “A contender for best value in my Spanish tastings, this delicious Rioja is dark ruby in color, with aromas of earth, spice, and red fruits. It has surprising depth, ripe, smoky, cherry flavors, light tannin, and an excellent pure finish. This terrific bargain can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.” (02/07)”

What I Think:

While I gave my guests the option of the Gewurztraminer or this one, there was no doubt which was going in my glass. This was part of the two case set I bought back in early May from K&L. The results for this group had been favorable to date. Given that I had recently red that Rioja and Merlot were the food friendliest red wines I figured with enchiladas on the table we give this one a go. On the nose this seemed hot and showed spiciness with light fruit lingering on top of a drier backbone. On the palate these light fruits continued to lead the way. I caught hints of cherry and some lighter berries flavors that had a light touch of brambles towards the mid-palate. There was no fruit that made it to the finish as this wine faded quickly and ended spicy and dry. A nice wine, but despite what they said there is nothing to get excited about here. It must be a bad career move not to agree with Parker, especially given the praise he lavished above. Fortunately, I have a day job as I much prefer this Barahonda Carro Tinto (to which he also gave 90 points) I had a while back. Perhaps I am wrong. We will get a chance to see soon as there is still another bottle in the rack. I’m guessing Parker is the safer bet for your money in that showdown.

Rating: Skip It