Bright ruby color. Fragrant white floral, new-wood cedar, and leather spice on the nose. Subtle dried fruits of cherry and plum come to the forefront with proper aeration. Impeccably juicy and plush fruit, underscored by savory herbs tinged with sweet vanilla notes. Soft tannin is framed by lively acidity. It’s remarkable that a nearly 20-year-old wine can be this fresh and mouthwatering. This is a textbook example of “old school” Rioja, where the bodega handled all the cellaring work for you.