The 2008 Este is definitely a worthy successor to the fabulous 2007.
A deeply extracted wine, it has aromatics that jump out of the glass, with monster blackberry and plum fruit as well as plenty of wood smoke, bacon fat and blackened vanilla creme brulee crust. The flavors are dark and off the deep end with black cherry, blackberry, vanilla, toffee and both red and black licorice.
Make no mistake: this is a powerful and intense wine, not for the faint of palate. It would be a stellar pairing for rustic dishes with similar big flavor profiles, or even barbecue.
89 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
The 2008 Este is composed of 50% Monastrell, 25% Tempranillo, with the balance Garnacha, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot aged for 6 months in French and American oak. Purple-colored, it reveals a lightly roasted bouquet of black cherry and blueberry, underbrush, spice box, and violets. Supple, sweetly-fruited, and forward, this tasty, friendly effort has no hard edges. Drink it over the next 3 years.