2006 Marqués de Riscal Riscal 1860
Appellation: Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon
Tasting Notes: 100% Tempranillo. 13.5% ABV. This wine is from select vineyards in Castilla y Leon, and aged in new American oak for 6 months. Pretty light violet in the glass, I can see my fingers through it. Nose is cherry with some earth and cedar, a little candy. Not as much fruit on the attack as I expected, some cherry, a little disjointed, smooth. A little thin. Some tea and earth comes through. Some pepper as well. Long finish with a lot of tannin. Nice. Solid Wednesday night with dinner wine, and would be a crowd pleaser at a party.
Rating: 3/5, 14/20, 86/100
Price: $12.99 at Bin 604
A note on ratings: I use the 100 point rating for Cellartracker, even though my palate is still developing. As a statistics geek, I know that the variability in scores works itself out as the number of scores increases. However, my score may not be yours, or Robert Parker’s. I much prefer to use a 5 point (or star, or whatever you want to call it) scale, as it more represents my reaction to wine, which is more simple than a 100 point scale represents. I like the 20 point scale as the more detailed score. On this site, I will provide all three, although the most meaningful are the 5 and 20 point ratings.