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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Bodegas Palacio Glorioso Reserva Rioja 2005

One issue with having limited experience of a particular variety is that you are not really familiar with a stylistic interpretation.  That said, I can only call out a particular wine as I see it.

I picked this up as a nod to a good wine drinking buddy, The Wine Punter, who had recently had returned from a sojourn around North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula with a love for the Rioja.

This 100% Tempranillo Reserva opens to a dusty, earthy nose that is a little flat rather than the expectations of fullsome fruit that I had expected.  There was a little dark fruit present with a background shroud of oak.  On the palate, the dark fruit represents itself, along with a vein of oak that was wrapped up with some smoky/ charry notes.  It was delivered with a silken finish that was further expressed with some fine tannins and a resurrection of the gentle spice.

Look, it was OK.  It wasn't overwhelming me, frying my bacon, flicking my switch -you know?.  I had to look hard for some of these notes.  My over-riding opinion was that it was just a little 'flat'.

A duff bottle perhaps?  At $30 I'm not inclined to revisit.

Price: $29.95
Closure: Cork

2 comments:

  1. My bad Stu! I'm working my way through a few Aussie Tempranillos now, i'm really liking the variety. One to try is the Bidgeebong Tempranillo by Birks. I like the idea of an 'old world' wine made with 'new world' techniques which is what this wine claims to be. Either way I really enjoyed it. I bought some through winery2u for around $15/bottle. Good stuff.

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  2. Punter! No culpability on your part at all. It just didn't do it for me. Whether my expectations were greater than the wine was ever intended to deliver, or whether was just a wrong 'un I don't know. I'm certainly going to look at more Aus interpretations of the style. Need to revisit Mr McNamara's Temp again.

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