Good Morning Gentle Readers,
It's okay, but in that simple statement lies the the entire burden of disappointment. The 2003 was spectacular. The 2005 isn't.
Granted, the 2005 I sampled isn't a Reserva, but still, what a difference two years makes. Okay, maybe that's all it is, the difference between a reserve and the ordinary. Fifteen or twenty bucks vs under-ten, US.
Somebody send me a 2005 Reserva and we'll see how that works out.
Just okay, cherries, spice. A little zin-like. A little fumey. Better with air (let it breath a while).
Hope I have some of that 2003 Reserva stashed somewhere.
UPDATE: After sitting in the bottle with a Houdini cork in it for 24 hours the wine has improved quite a bit. It has become positively Zin-like and could probably pass for a zin if carded.