Conde de Valdemar Rioja Reserva 2004 Wine Review (NW)
Plum, cherry, and smoky notes on the nose
Medium bodied on the palate
Smooth layers of plum and tobacco on the finish, nicely integrated
A style debate has ensued in the Rioja region of Spain lately with some wines showing an obvious modern, extracted style and others a more reserved, subtle style. This wine is squarely in the more reserved, subtle camp which is considered the traditional style. It comes across like a smoky Pinot Noir, and with the extending aging done in barrel at the winery it has a smooth and well-integrated profile. I recommend it as a great example of a classic Rioja, and suggest you enjoy this with a good pork chop or something subtle in flavor. Expect to pay $20, and raise a glass!