I found a Vina Mara 2001 Rioja Reserva lurking under the stairs, I guess it had been there around 18 months, pretty much ideal really.
It’s a rich velvety dark garnet colour. It smells of vanilla, like melted ice cream, maybe with some plum pie. That’s a good thing.
It’s dry with plenty of soft ripe tannins that add to the overall velvety-ness. It feels full in body with plenty going on. The vanilla dominates, perhaps to a degree that may be too much if you’re not in a plum pie with vanilla ice cream mood, particularly as the flavour goes on for ages.
This is a good value, “let’s have a bottle of wine and watch a film”, midweek kinda wine.