Also recommended: 2003 Crianza Rioja (85), 2000 Gran Reserva Rioja (85).
Other wines tasted: 2005 Blanco Fermentado en Barrica Rioja, 2006 Satinella Medium-Sweet Blanco Rioja. (Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL)
($9) Bright straw. Fresh citrus on the nose, with an exotic curry accent. Racy lemon and pink grapefruit flavors show good depth and energy, finishing brisk and nervy. Delicious and very easy to drink.
($10) Orange-pink. Dried red berry aromas are brightened by orange zest and anise. Crisp, dry and focused, with bright redcurrant and more tangy cranberry flavors. Finishes on a grown-up, dry note, with very good length.
($20) Medium red. Musky red berry and cherry scents, with exotic orange peel and dried flowers adding complexity. Firm, slightly dry cherry and cocoa flavors display a wound-up personality and are a bit light. Finishes dry, with moderate depth. Will this flesh out?