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Vina del Portillo Gran Reserva 2000

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: 4.0 /5


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Vina del Portillo
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NAVARRA, Spain
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Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Graciano.
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AVIN5790071182891  /  Cork stopper  /  13.5%

moose on February 8, 2011
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moose has reviewed the Vina del Portillo Gran Reserva 2000 4 /5
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I am pleased to have got six of these at a Bruce-like discount of just £5.99 for a 2000 Gran Reserva. It's from Navarre not Rioja, but the lavish oaking means that it is very reminiscent of the more famous region, despite being merlot-rich. Long smooth vanilla notes dominate both nose and taste, with a hint of ageing around the deep red core of colour. The fruit on the palate reminds me of a mixed warm winter dessert puddding, with a sprinkling of sweet spices, but a proper backbone holds up and gives the wine the personality to work well with quite strong flavours. On it's own, given a chance, some nice leathery notes appear both in the nose and the finish. I wouldn't have found this if I hadn't been steered by a rep from a company I use quite often - fair is fair - sometimes they hype it up, but on this occasion I'm very grateful.
1355 days ago  ·  Comment  ·  Show translations
rckr1951 I'd be grateful also. I like a vanilla presence in a wine when done well, merlot included. The Armstrong Ridge had a vanilla backbeat that helped the fullness of the wine. Good review Ben.
1354 days ago

bjwdad "Bruce-like" activity across the pond? Good heavens, perhaps I should trademark my name a la Sarah Palin... :D!!
1354 days ago

botto or make your own label
1353 days ago

moose marked Vina del Portillo Gran Reserva 2000 as tasted
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