We are always on the lookout for benchmark vintages and "best of breed" within them. Now, seven years after the much heralded
2004 vintage of Spain, you can imagine my surprise when a handful of the 2004 Spiga was released from our importer. Over the years, we have watched this particular wine evolve before our eyes into something very special. So, we snatched up the entire allocation!
Given Spiga's time in the bottle, it is drinking well beyond its 92 and 91 point scores from Tanzer and Parker. When this tranche of 2004 Spiga is gone, it will be the last of this Spanish stunner, a wine that truly exemplifies the vintage and its ideal growing conditions at a particularly compelling price-to-quality ratio.
Stephen Tanzer aptly described the 2004 Spiga: "Hugely aromatic nose offers a sexy bouquet of dark berry and cherry preserves, iron, graphite and oak spices. Fleshy and sweet, with deep blackberry and mulberry flavors. Smoky minerals build with air and carry through an impressively long, chewy finish, which leaves a trail of baking spice and floral notes behind. This is really alluring."
I find the wine also throws off a layer of mocha around its dark berry core. The oak is mild and allows the nuances to shine.
Enjoy now and for another five years with cold weather fare, especially grilled and cured meats.Read More »