By: Joe Manekin
K&L Staff Member
We are excited to have two fully mature, extremely affordable examples of Reserva Rioja from the esteemed Martinez Lacuesta in their 1987 and 1991 bottlings. I suspect that everyone will have their favorite, as this 1991 is quite tasty though distinct from the '87. Aromas initially were a combination of leateher and leather conditioner, though after opening up they became meatier, less leathery, and the palate rounded out and became less taut and tangy. While I maintain that this '91 shows more evolution than the older 1987, a co-worker just mentioned that they prefer it. Either way, a fully mature bottle of Rioja from a very good vintage is never a bad thing! Particularly if there happens to be a grilled ribeye served alongside it....