2001 Senorio Del Aguila Gran Reserva Carinena
|The first thing that catches you here is the year – 2001. Occasionally you see these older vintage wines pop up at Costco and it’s almost always a wine from Europe. But I was intrigued, as I am sure many other Costco wine drinkers will be. And it was only $15.|
The wine is from Spain’s Carinena region, which I am only vaguely familar with. But I’d guess the grapes are Grenache and Tempranillo with perhaps a little Merlot (or Mazuelo) because the finish picks up a healthy spice. You can tell this one has been sitting there a while. It comes out pretty plain after popping the cork, but once it gets a little air, it starts to open up. A couple hours after sitting in the glass and it’s getting real nice.
Nose is earthy with noticeable age. But on the palate the fruit starts to come alive, red fruit and licorice flavors, oaky. An enjoyable wine, and certainly a change of pace. But I’d prefer to grab my old Spanish Reds from Rioja or Ribera which are always home runs.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 87 Points