So Vino put in another absurdly heroic performance today. He’s clearly bonkers, which is a useful cycling characteristic. I cycled across the Pyrenees but had the advantage of not knowing what I was letting myself in for. I didn’t have 60 stitches in my knees either. I can’t imagine how much that hurts.
Fortunately for me, Alberto Contador, the young Spanish rider won yesterday’s stage and is in the running to win some more. What more excuse to I need to open a bottle of Muga Rioja Reserva 2003. I cycled through Rioja vineyards in 2003 so I feel a real affection for the vintage.
This one is a rich ruby colour and smells of rich warm vanilla with some blackberry and raspberry. It’s dry with ripe, soft tannins, a medium body and a well balanced 13.5% alcohol. As well as the vanilla and berries there’s cinnamon and nutmeg and black cherries. The flavour lasts well and it’s deliciously moreish.
At around £12 it’s definitely a weekend wine, but it’s well worth it. Look out for multi-buy deals at Majestic, but bear in mind that it is the wine of choice of Tim How, Majestic’s Chief Exec, causing a minor global shortage following his fiftieth birthday party!