2014 Quinta de la Rosa LBV

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2014 Quinta de la Rosa LBV

Post by rich_n » 22:05 Fri 27 Nov 2020

Opened for the virtual TFP tasting with Sophia from QdlR.

+0 days

On opening this has a rather unusual nose. Heavy on the eucalyptus and something else green/herbal that I can't quite put my finger on. A touch of chocolate, red cherries and maybe molasses? Deliciously punchy on the palate, red cherries followed by huge peppery heat (that has faded to a medium spice after about 15 minutes) and more chocolate - almost caramel and milk chocolate. A fairly dry finish. This is surprisingly drinkable straight out of the gate! Very good already.

+1 day

A similar eucalyptus nose with a slight red cherry note; whilst the nose is muted compared to yesterday, on the palate this is no less explosive. A beautiful red berry entry with caramel sweetness that then gives way to a huge, delightful peppery punch. The eucalyptus shows in the mid palate alongside chocolate, but it's not as forward as in the nose. There's a lovely minerality in this that I can't put my finger on, but it's wonderful. While this is has some tannic grip and dryness, it's still very smooth and silky. This is a very enjoyable wine and extremely impressive as an LBV.

Some nuttiness showing through later in the evening.

+2 days

Nose is more muted still. Softer with much less punch on the palate, this is still a lovely wine but maybe with less shine and the pepper is now less forward, coming more around the edges. Slightly more tart red berries mid palate with a little nuttiness.

+4 days

Faded but that's definitely user-error, I should have finished this off much sooner but I was intrigued to see how it progressed. Lesson learned! Still enjoyable but not a patch on its peak.

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