Dominik Mueller

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2019 Bodegas Rodríguez y Sanzo Tempranillo "Whisba"

Tasting note

2019 Rodríguez y Sanzo Whisba

Deep, dark ruby red. Bouquet of medium to high intensity. Raspberry, prune, blackberry, red cherry. All in all, leaning towards dark fruits more so than red fruits. In addition, I get pronounced secondary aromas of vanilla, cedar wood, and smoke. The whole programme of wood treatment, hinting at the 18 months spent in (former whisky) oak casks. In the mouth, wow, packing quite a punch. Full body. Alcohol relatively high, taut tannins. Quite astringent and overpowering the fruit a little at first. The fruit notes are not gone altogether, however: Cherry and blackberry remain present. I would have liked to find just a little bit more balance though. The acidity, also, is at most medium and is second to the sheer power of this Tempranillo. The finish is medium. The dry mouthfeel stays longer than the fruit flavours. The taste does not quite keep up with the complex bouquet as a result, although you are inclined to find attractive dark chocolate and leather in the aftertaste. This is undoubtedly a wine for lovers of powerful wines.

Edit: After one day in the open bottle, the tannins are softer and blend in much better. I recommend decanting this wine for two to three hours before serving it.

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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Wednesday, 7 February 2024.


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Wine details

Vintage: 2019
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Tempranillo
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Producer:Bodegas Rodríguez y Sanzo
Region:Castilla y León
Appellation: Toro DO
Vineyard: n/a
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