This Rioja has a lighter red color with a rich blackberry bouquet with a steep nose of fruit and olives. In the mouth it is puckery and dry as chalk with chewy tannins.
This wine has potential; after breathing the bouquet grows with more fruit and cherries. In the mouth it really comes around to a better balance losing that puckery tartness.
Tannins are still chewy but this is a nice old world wine for the sale price of $8! It could use another year or two in the bottle. Raise a glass!