Also recommended: 2002 Solar de Randez Crianza Rioja (86). (Bon Vivant Imports, Boise, ID)

2004 Bodegas Las Orcas Solar de Randez Tempranillo Rioja

($11) Bright red. Fresh dark berries and cherry on the nose. Straightforward and grapey, with medium body and good weight. Finishes clean and vaguely sweet, with no apparent tannins. Nicely made and easy to drink.


1999 Bodegas Las Orcas Solar de Randez Reserva Rioja

($25) Dark red. Smoke, cherry, plum and dark chocolate aromas, along with a gentle tobacco accent. Quite sweet in the mouth, the dark fruit flavors showing good depth, a silky texture and medium weight. Finishes sweet, with a lingering note of vanilla. This is drinking well now.

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