I bought a bottle of 2001 Montecillo Rioja the other night to compliment a casserole. Well the casserole was great but simple with smoky sharp cheddar and gouda cheese. The wine on the other hand was mediocre at best. It was somewhat smooth but dull with a slight off flavor. I am going to give it the benefit of the doubt – maybe it was stored improperly? I would try it again if someone else buys it – but for only $8.59 I’m not too upset.
Overall rating: 2001 is Drinkable if you don’t have any other choice. I’ve had worse.
PS – a few years ago, I had this wine and it was excellent. I’ll try a different year and report back!