I received a bottle of Marqués de la Concordia Rioja as a pre-Christmas gift. I was pleased, I like Rioja and I’ve had Marqués de la Concordia recently. It was good. A thick and chewy wine, perfect for sharing during a warm night in whilst it’s cold outside.
However, the wine came with a slight health warning. I was supposed to have it last year, it had been left, forgotten and unloved, standing upright in a cold storeroom. It wasn’t even dark in there. Still it was an interesting experiment, and having left it to warm up a bit and take the air amongst the nativity set characters, we gave it a go.
It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great, and it certainly wasn’t as good as it would have been last year. It seemed to have ‘dried out’ a little, the acid seemed higher because the oak felt thinner and less rich, the fruit wasn’t as generous and juicy as it’s younger, but more carefully stored cousin. I wouldn’t like to put too much wine through this kind of experience – it’s cruel, but it was eductational.