Wine Advocate 87 points - This cuvee, which spent 16 months in primarily French oak, is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. Elegant, spicy, earthy, slightly earthy and medium-bodied, it offers copious notes of black currants, vanillin, spice box and cedar. Drink this evolved red over the next several years.
Wine & Spirits 90 points - This delivers a sophisticated, silken Rioja at a great price, the fruit bright and spicy, balanced by the warm tones of barrel aging (90 percent French oak). The firm structure comes from estate vineyards in Briones and Arezana, high altitude sites in Rioja Alta that sustain the acidity in the grapes. It’s clean and refined.
Vinous 90 points - (all tempranillo, was aged in 90% French and 10% American oak for 16 months): Brilliant ruby. Wild, highly perfumed aromas of dried red fruits, cured meat, violet and woodsmoke, with a minerally nuance adding vivacity. Smoky and concentrated on the palate, offering bitter cherry and licorice flavors and a touch of gaminess. Chewy tannins build slowly on the finish, with the cherry and smoke notes echoing emphatically. In an old-school style, with the depth to age.
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(IWC89) Deep ruby. Black and blue fruits on the smoky nose, with complicating notes of smoked meat, vanilla and licorice. Shows a wild side, offering chewy cassis and bitter cherry flavors with a suggestion of beef jerky. Finishes with repeating smokiness and smooth, harmonious tannins. In an old-school Rioja style and ready to drink.