It’s a frequent frustration that some of our most interesting wines are the hardest to sell, simply because customers don’t instantly recognise them on the stack. For that reason I have instigated a new feature on the site in which we’ll feature interesting or new wines which might struggle to push up through all the well known names also featured on our site.
So, please visit the Something Different page and let me have your comments. This is an unashamedly personal selection, and not all the wines will appeal to everyone, but they do represent my tastes at the moment.
Incidentally, I drank the first of my 2004 CVNE Reserva Rioja at the weekend. I can wholeheartedly confirm that 2004 is a fantastic vintage in this region. The wine has more structure than in some years (compared with the 2002 I’ve also tried recently) and, although its fine to drink now, has many years of happy evolution ahead. If you like your Rioja soft and mellow I’d be heading for the cellar with any of our 2004s.