On your mark…

Marques de Caceres, Rioja, Reserva DOC 2000 The house style is soft and oaky with an appropriate acidic frame. The 2000 at this stage, 8 years on smells delightful; there’s sweet vanilla, earth and some stewed, evolving fruit and veg. The acid shows nicely, the tannins are subtle and there are long flavors of cocoa and stewed cherries. The fruit is a high proportion of old vine 85% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha and Graciano. The wine is aged 22 months in French oak and at least 2 years in bottle before release. 13.5% $21.99 at Beverages & more! Caceres

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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