(2011 Vintage) The wine is produced following a selection of the best grapes from the oldest vineyards. The grapes undergo a slow and controlled fermentation with periodic pumping over to extract colour and aromas. Following this it is aged in mixed oak barrels of American staves and French tops for 20 months to allow a paused and harmonic evolution. The American oak gives a sweet character of vanilla and coconut while the French oak gives spice, making for the perfect balance. This Reserva was bottled in November 2012 and will age in bottle for a minimum of 18 months before being released to the market.
Inky violet with low rim variation. Opens with medium plus oak and cherry which dissipates to plums, cranberries, hibiscus, and tomatoes. Surprising burst of early cherry fruit which segues into medium acids and low tannins. Fine example of Rioja with medium-low alcohol. Food friendly -- enjoyed with pan de tomate, jamon Serrano, meatballs with almond sauce, etc.
color cereza con tonos rubíes. nariz floral con notas de regaliz y frutas del bosque, notas de chocolate y tostado leve. ataque discreto y elegante, con buen balance aunque delgado y falto de estructura.
Smells of tobacco at first, later a dark fruit scent added. Same dark fruit flavor with more tannins in the finish than we are used to. Good wine, but not $18 worth.
drinkable w/ deprh
top of my list
Wine Spectator(2010 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/2015