Thursday, May 24, 2012

Faustino Rivero Ulecia Silver Label Rioja Reserva 2006 86+ Points

Clear, bright, garnet with slight brown rim indicating evolution / age, medium plus concentration and medium plus viscosity.

Clean, medium plus intensity, delicately ripe cherries, dark plums, crushed strawberries,sour cherries, very good purity of fruit,starting to gain / developed earthy, forest floor, tertiary character, subtle spicy oaking lending tobacco and cedar wood.

Dry with medium plus acidity, medium plus firm but ripe tannins, linear structure, medium alcohol (13), delicate red fruit, follows through, savoury, delicate, earthy note, fruit still vibrant for a 2006, medium lenght and medium complexity

An absolute bargain for R 49 a bottle at Checkers Hyper Fourways, it shows good typicity of the Rioja DOC and even more so the Reserva style, though should be noted, nowhere close to some of the very top Rioja, nevertheless a very honest bottling. Now until 2017.

Like I have mentioned recently on Twitter, Checkers introduction of International wines in their stores, should be applauded, and at a very good price, if not mistaken all under R 90 per bottle, with a whole section and display dedicated, it will have a profound impact on wine education, appreciation of consumers at large in South Africa and they have been very clever to introduce Internationally recognisable labels, that have either prove themselves through consistency or other high profile awards, and this is a great change to the usual suspect of the over crowded shelves of all other major retail chain with Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, etc, how much more can one drink of these everyday, choices is what makes wine appreciation and discovery exciting, especially when at least 9 other countries wine producce are now being offered.