Bodegas Escudero Arvum Rioja 2005
VM92: "(55% garnacha, 30% tempranillo, 10% graciano and 5% mazuelo) Inky purple. The polar opposite of the Vidau, displaying scents of dark berry liqueur, incense and vanilla, plus notes of star anise and violet. Lush and creamy in texture, with velvety dark fruit flavors and mounting smokiness. This also aged in 100% new oak but here the wood makes a much stronger statement. Finishes sweet, broad and seriously long. The contrast between these two wines is striking."
Bodegas Escudero has a large 80 hectare vineyard, Cuesta de la Reina, with rocky limestone soils. The 2005 Arvum Rioja is 55% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo. Savory, spicy black fruit is complimented by a lush, creamy texture.