Wine of the week CVNE Viña Real Reserva Rioja
The 2006 wine is currently reduced at Waitrose from £12.99 to £8.66. It is gorgeous, one of the most exciting Riojas to come my way in a long time. You get lashings of creamy vanilla from the oak contact, but the fruit is bold and defined with bright blackcurrant juiciness and long, long flavour. It's a mature wine at seven years old but full of youthful vigour with perfect balance. Top Rioja at an entirely warranted shelf price, and a rare bargain at Waitrose's dramatic discount. Invest with confidence.