Campo Viejo

Campo Viejo Rioja 2005 Gran Reserva 13.5%
Exotic red fruits are all sweet and laced with brown spices; baked fruits too and even some older dried red fruit suggestions - complex, but also very alluring and seductive - I guess that's what the wine making team wanted - I'm seduced. There is a lot of oak as well - toasty, vanilla, brown spices and saw dust.
On the palate - high impact; dry and with all the flavors suggested above plus a meaty, coffee and leathery layer adding more complexity; the oak does stand out, but with all the sweet fruit and warmth from the alcohol this is a taste and flavor profile that is easily absorbed; watch out for the VA note - its there, but seems to be part of the wine; balanced and drinking extremely well now with a long finish. Go for it!
5 Stars