The 2011 Tempranillo Impulsivo is easily the top example of this variety coming out of the New World. Classic in style with its singed cedar board, spice, earth, dried flowers and plum and blackberry styled fruit, this puppy hits the palate with a structured, full-bodied profile that needs 3-4 years of cellaring to round into form. While I haven’t been able to taste many aged example of this cuvee (it was first made in 2003), I can’t imagine it not evolving gracefully for at least 10-15 years. (JD)
Beefy and broad, this offers up the aromas of a rich stew, with sweet tomato, peppery herb and game. Supple and soft, the flavors blend seamlessly, with the accent of savory notes rather than specific fruits. (PG)
(14.2% alcohol): Healthy deep ruby. Black fruits, violet, minerals and smoke on the nose. High-pitched, tightly wound and extremely backward, with powerful if youthfully unyielding blackberry, black raspberry and black olive flavors accented by a floral topnote. Finishes with a strong tannic spine and outstanding subtle length. This baby calls for at least eight years of cellaring. Christophe Baron, whose model here is Ribera del Duero, routinely shows this wine after his Syrah and Grenache bottlings and it’s easy to understand why. (ST)
A fresh and expressive red, tightening on the sharply focused palate, where this plays out dark berry, plum, sweet spice and floral flavors into a harmonious chord that echoes easily on the refined finish. (HS)
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