Medium palate weight, well-balanced acid and fine, easy tannins make this lovely fruit-driven Rioja a wonderful place to begin an exploration of the region, as well as a great everyday drinker.
Bright red cherry and raspberry compote on the nose, hints of spice and wood. On the palate, fresh cherry pie, cassis and spices continue with toasted coconut, a bit of mineral and a hints of leather and smoke.
Decant for an hour prior – it opens beautifully over time. Enjoy it with pork, lamb, grilled sausages, game or hard cheeses.
93 Points – Wine Spectator:
Powerful yet racy, this youthful red boasts a beam of black cherry and boysenberry fruit, with plenty of licorice, mineral and toast notes. Fresh, harmonious and graceful, in the modern style. Drink now through 2020.
89 Points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar:
Bright ruby-red. Redcurrant and cherry aromas are complemented by dried rose, cedar and cracked pepper. Juicy and focused, with good depth to its red berry and bitter cherry flavors; picks up a smoky quality with air. Shows a touch of vanilla on the finish, which clings with good tenacity.