Nose/Aroma - Blackberries and white pepper.
Palate/Flavors - Sweet cherries and blackberries, white pepper, vanilla, charred oak, and a certain earthiness like truffles that leads to a medium finish of pepper and plum. Not overly acidic or astringent, smooth tannins, but it has an unique bitterness that I associate with most Rioja reds.
Food Pairing - Carne asada enchiladas with jalapeno creama fresca and guacamole over a bed of arroz (rice).
Comments - Nice wine, pretty well balanced and relatively complex. Worth the price. Don't be turned off by that unique bitterness, it takes a while to get used to if one hasn't had much experience with Rioja wines. Oh, don't chill the wine (I set the bottle in the snow just for the picture since I thought it looked neat).