The nose is quite serious and balanced showing moderate effect of the yeasts and oak, waxy aromas of apples, hints of honeycomb, fennel and licorice. The palate is quite fresh and surprisingly fruit-driven with good acidity and clean flavors. It's approachable and should also be able to age and improve in bottle for a few years. Quite impressed!
The 2015 is a blend of 85% Viura and 15% Malvasía from vines 50+ year-old-vines and raised in French (75%) and American (25%) oak barrels. The nose reveals an inviting perfume of mineral, melon and jasmine. The palate is dry, spicy, elegant, offering lots of ripe flours, beautifully balanced and finishes which is long and satisfying. White Rioja at this price does not get much better than this!
Decanter Regional Trophy 'Best In Show'
This Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Trophy Winner is produced from a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from selected plots of vineyards averaging over 45 years of age and the time in the barrel is extended to 20 months...
95 Points - James Suckling
Terrific aromas of currants, berries, cinnamon and perfume. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a dense palate. Superb length and refinement. Compact. Super length. Superb quality considering the price. More delicate and refined than the 2010. Precise. Drink or hold.
95 Points - Wine Advocate
The 2005 Gran Reserva is produced with over 60-year-old Tempranillo grapes fermented in cement vats. The wine rested in bottle for a minimum of three years before being released. Only 2,700 magnums (and a bunch of bigger bottles) were produced. It is open and expressive, very spicy, with developed notes of blond tobacco, leather and very fresh fruit (more red than black). It has juicy fruit and a very round texture, a serious wine that should develop slowly.
Bright garnet color with purple trim. A young Crianza, where red berries aromas remain over the oaky and balsamic notes from its ageing in American oak. On the palate this wine is a very pleasant, round and balanced with notes of sweetness, pastry and a licorice aftertaste.