Hot rocks, candied licorice and smoky tobacco dominate the upright and focused nose that gains a touch of funk with notes of mouldiness of the earth, flowers, and cocoa, toast, buttery caramel oak notes. In the mouth this is very smooth and easy with the richness to back it up. There is good balancing acid and nice, crisp tannins that give this lean yet ripe wine a refreshing feel up front that turns a bit heavy on the backend that is dominated by drying and astringent tannins. A nice marriage of fruit and wood with nice earthy shale notes offer some cut on the back end and black cherry fruit that lacks a bit of intensity though there is a long finish that has just a hint of leafiness candied/dried peach, cinnamon and braised fennel and orange juice edge. Solid Rioja!! Straits wine $70+?