Montecillo Rioja Crianza 2013

Mmmmmm, that seductive mistress, temperanillo fills our glass here. I invited her on a date which, given her Spanish heritage, began late. Later than my usual Anglo bedtime; sacrifices can be worth it.

A warm, almost sumptuous nose of rich cherry and complex vinous notes began our night out. She’d dressed beautifully, coiffed carefully and applied the most wonderful perfume. Perhaps it was her own scent.

In the mouth, ahem, she was lighter in feel than first impressions implied. That wasn’t a shortcoming, because the depth of fruit remained, complemented by dry vanilla and oak threads and soft tannins – like a woman who celebrates her sex with strength and suppleness. Smooth and sexy.

An astonishingly inexpensive and memorable date.


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