1996 Rivola, Abadia Retuerta
The debut vintage of Rivola consists of 60% Tempranillo and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers up a gentle, mature nose with notes of dried black currants, leather, green pepper and some dried up vanilla pod. Very, very good.
The taste is soft and mature with notes of dried up black currant jam, scorched earth, leather and tobacco. Medium long with a fine warmth. A fine drink now and way better than the 96 Cuvée Campanario tasted a couple of years ago.
But I can´t see Parkers despriction of this wine being true at this stage - "Think of it as a blend of a first-class Pomerol and Vega Sicilia Unico"...
88p (tasted 2020/10)