93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 09: "(80% tempranillo, 15% garnacha and 5% graciano and mazuelo) Red with an amber rim. Smoky redcurrant, dried cherry and floral aromas gain power with air, picking up notes of licorice and pungent herbs. Highly complex in the mouth, displaying sweet red berry and bitter cherry flavors along with a spicecake quality. The tannins are fully absorbed, allowing the sweet fruit to stand out. As complex as this is right now, it will reward many more years of cellaring." And, according to Wine Spectator: "Maturing now, this big red offers cedar, tobacco and spice flavors that frame dried cherry and licorice. Muscular, with firm tannins and a sweet, slightly dusty finish." (10/09) 91 points and a Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast: "Wild flowers, fresh herbs and tobacco aromas add a classic touch to the bouquet, and in the mouth it's alert, with juicy acidity propping up raspberry fruit and oak-based vanilla. Some might call it tangy but there's body and depth to this unfiltered, natural-yeast wine, which can be drunk now but should probably be held for another decade or so. Best from 2014-2019."
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