This past weekend, inspired by record breaking October temperatures, the BBQ made a brief break for freedom from the back of the shed. The only difference from a mid-summer night was not the stillness of the balmy air, but the fact that we were sitting in the dark by 7.30pm!
Rioja Reservas are at least three years old when they are released having spent at least one year in cask. So, unsurprisingly, this wine’s colour was beyond the first flush of youth. The ruby colour was just beginning to lose vibrancy and turn to a touch tawny.
The bouquet of the wine was both fruity and a bit spicy. I think I detected some cherry aromas mixed with vanilla and sweet spice – probably from the wine’s time in oak.
Medium bodied with enough acidity and tannin to give structure but not overpower the flavours, I found this wine extremely ‘gluggable’. Not too much glugging though at 13.5%. Again the taste was a balance of fruit and vanillan spice…almost savoury but very pleasant. I almost think I detected a tang of black cherry yoghurt!
The Mothership, with a typical eye for a bargain, very much enjoyed this wine – especially the cost…£5.99 from Aldi. I did too. Baron Amarillo Rioja Reserva 2006 is an enjoyable, easy-drinking, wine at an attractive price.
WOW factor 6.5