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Marques de Riscal (Spain) Limousin Reserva 1996
Aged in top-quality barrels of Limousin oak, the colour is light gold and the nose is wonderful, with luscious aromas of buttery brazil nuts, melon and honeysuckle, peach and some cinnamon spice. On the palate it is quite full-bodied. The fruit is predominantly apple and melon, but there's that buttressing of creamy, buttery oak and a toasty wrapping of nuts and herbal nuances. The finish shows surprisingly lively lemony acidity that keeps it very sharp and focused despite the richness here. Good length, quite Burgundian, with spice and zippy fruit persisting. Lovely stuff. AmiVin 7.99