The 38-year-old 1992 Conde de Valdemar Rioja Reserva scored 18 Dionysian points out of 20. It has 13% alcohol and cost, back then, about $10.
Cherry spice, smoke, American oak notes, and still holding it color, but with a blood-orange edge, the wine was a true vinous experience. One of my last bottles bought at Calvert Woodley in Washington, D.C.
My last bottle of this wine, sadly reported. I use to get a case every two or three years, but somehow stopped doing that. I will have to start again. After decanting, with little sediment, the wine was soft to taste, but flavors lingered very long between forkfuls of food. In Vino Veritas.