Berberana Carta de Oro Rioja Reserva

By | October 29, 2006

We had a bottle of Berberana Carta de Oro Rioja Reserva 2001 this weekend. The weather’s perfect for drinking Rioja right now, if not for making it. The wine is a deep velvety purple with thick legs. It smells of rich oak, lots of vanilla with spicy fruit and some leatheriness.

It’s dry with a well integrated acidity and soft, ripe tannins. It feels full in the mouth with a warming 13% alcohol. It tastes of cooked black fruits, black cherries, leather and spicy vanilla. It’s fabulous on its own, with a DVD, with a friend, and with food.

It won a Decanter under £10 International award for being scrummy, and I awarded myself a second glass. It reminds me of warmer times cycling through Rioja vineyards, and makes me happy, what more could a person ask for from a £7-8 bottle of wine from Sainsbury‘s?