Had some very lovely wines on Thursday, but one that TWS actually stock was this one:
I was concerned that it would be too young a bit rough, but no - with a bit of air, this showed wonderful complexity and poise, while still having decent concentration. After having had quite a few disappointing Riojas recently, this has made me believe. And it was among strong company (and was no slouch).
1981 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Reserva
1994 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia
2001 Rotllan Torra ‘Tirant’ 2001
2002 Bodegas Pintia Toro Pintia
I guess £49 is quite a lot for a Rioja, but this wine will last (and improve) for a couple of decades, and I suspect will be something one would be pleased to have in one’s cellar in years to come (and wonder why you didn’t buy more!).