Tahon de Tobelos Reserva 2012

The fourth wine from the Tobelos Bodega wine tasting at vinopremier.com. Like the Crianza this is made from 100% Tempranillo grape. This time from 60 year old vines and matured for 14 months in new American and French oak casks, then a further 2 years in the bottle.

Well it’s incredible the difference a couple of extra months in the barrel and older vines will make.

A much darker more intense purple with a fairly pronounced scent of intense mature black fruit, damp wood and a heavenly chocolate smell.

This dry wine has good body and a nice finish. Initially I found the tannins and dryness a little overwhelming, but these balanced off a bit after I left it airing in the glass for a while. I often need to air red wines longer than most.

Once I got past this I was able to distinguish the fruit, along with a nice spicy kick and lovely dark chocolate.

I’d still prefer more balanced tannins but it was definitely a good wine and the rest of the less sensitive red wine drinkers in the group were loving it.

I must check whether Tobelos have a Gran Reserva as I tend to get on better with these and if the Tahon Reserva is anything to go by the Gran Reserva would be well worth a try.

Name: Tahon de Tobelos Reserva
Colour: Red
Year: 2012
Grapes 100% Tempranillo
Winery: Tobelos Bodegas y Viñedos
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Quality Classification: Denominacion de Origin de Calidad
Alcohol: 14%
Price: 22€

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