I’d planned on saving this bottle for when Real Madrid come to Leicester for a game at the end of July. My plan failed. The trouble with having wines I know I like in the house is that I’m going to drink them. The notion that I could buy a bottle of CVNE Rioja Reserva Vina Real and expect it to sit quietly, undisturbed in the wine rack for six weeks is absurd. We drank it.
It was a rich, warm red colour, more cardinal than bishop. It smelled gooood, like a big bowl of warm fruit with real vanilla ice cream on it.
It was dry with smooth ripe tannins, with a feel almost of wood tannins as there was lots of oak. It was full bodied with a really pleasing mouthfeel, lots of rich vanilla with soft blackberries and plums. The flavour lingered well, slowly losing the vanilla to fruit and finally a little spiciness.
I paid £18 at Majestic, which is still a lot cheaper than the £26 one ticket to see the galácticos at the crispbowl costs.