2004 Viña Mara Rioja Gran Reserva, Rioja Alta

( £13.79, 14%, Tesco )

Mature Rioja is one of my favourite wines, especially from a top vintage like 2004. This pure Tempranillo from the ever-reliable Barón de Ley winery will appeal to lovers of traditional Rioja, even though it is a varietal, rather than a blend with Garnacha. It’s savoury and sweet, with supple wild strawberry and game-like flavours, lovely vanilla oak and a complex, nuanced finish. At its best with lamb, but it’s a very versatile red. 

BuyDrinking window: 2012-15Similar Wines: £10-£20, 91-95, Spain, Red, Tempranillo
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