(From 2012 Vintage) Opaque ruby. Smoky, mineral-accented cherry and dark berries on the deeply perfumed nose. Palate-coating black and blue fruit flavors pick up violet pastille and mocha nuances with air. Fleshy and densely packed but lively too, finishing with noteworthy power and persistence and harmonious tannins.
(From 2009 Vintage) A mild and rainy winter with average temperatures that exceeded the previous years’ led to an early bud-break. March was also rainy followed by intermittent rainfall all the way until June, making 2013 one of the wettest years in Ribera del Duero of the past decade. The weather got colder in those months, with occasional light frost, resulting in a flowering date a little later than usual. July and August brought a change in conditions being hot (fortunately not too hot) and dry, with considerable difference between day and night temperatures. At times during August the diurnal temperature variation was as much as 20 degrees. This is a very important quality factor because it brings of concentration of polyphenols in the skins of the grapes. September is always crucial and fortunately brought mild temperatures and perfect pre-harvesting conditions. We started picking on the 7th of October and our harvest lasted until the 21st.
Wine AdvocateRating: 94/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 169 on Feb-07
Wine SpectatorRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator