1996 Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Crianza - Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero (2/22/2006)
What has happened to this wine. When I first opened a bottle in 2002 it was a wonderful wine worth the 92 points given to it by WS. Then I opened one last year with some CWM and it was very different. Underbrush is what I noted at the time. There was something wrong with that bottle. Some thought it was cooked; but, that would not explain why the 1st bottle was so good. This estate has had a problem with tainted corks in the past and I was leaning toward that as an explanation.
Over the weekend I opened another bottle for R2 and Lostverse. This time the wine was very stinky altough it blew off a little with decanting. Aromas of the elephant house at Brookfield Zoo. Heavily sedimented. More earthy and less fruity. Not bad tasting but it was hard to get past the nose and cloudiness. Drink up if you have any. 84 points.