Bodegas Vinicola Real Rioja 200 Monges Reserva Seleccion Especial 2004
WA97: Even better is the extraordinary 2004 200 Monges Reserva Especial, a cuvee of 100% Tempranillo, that was aged for 18 months in new French oak and held for 20 months in bottle prior to release. Deep purple in color (but not as dense as the 2005), it offers up a breathtaking bouquet of exceptional complexity. Sandalwood, a hint of balsamic, exotic spices, lavender, incense, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas inform the nose of a multi-dimensional, complex, plush, layered offering with superb volume and impeccable balance. This lengthy effort is likely to drink well through its 40th birthday in the manner of great Bordeaux.