The really impressive 2009 Rioja Gran Reserva is a classic among classics, mainly Tempranillo with just 5% Graciano, the wine fermented in stainless steel and matured in new barriques for 24 with rackings every four months. This is a ripe and powerful wine but not heavy. It has developed aromas of incense and smoked cured meat, sour cherries, plenty of spices that are almost curry-like. The palate shows good concentration, but it's medium-bodied with very fine tannins and good freshness. It is more than I expected, and to be honest for a Gran Reserva and for the quality it delivers, this is very fairly priced.