Extremely floral with chalk and bone character undertones. Dark fruits. Full body, tight and chewy with an extravagant mouthfeel. Lovely austerity. Drink in 2020.
Shortening the time in oak for the 2014 El Carretil certainly paid back. The oak feels more integrated, as this used to be the oakiest wine in the portfolio. This is a vineyard between Laguardia and La Puebla de Labarca at 500 meters in altitude, a south-facing amphitheater with 17% active limestone, a lot higher than the average in the zone. It generates fresh, stony wines with chalky tannins. This is linear, serious and concentrated, with tannins that cling to your teeth. This should be phenomenal with some more time in bottle. It always has more acidity, a lower pH. Long and deep. In a hierarchy, I'd place the limestone-rich El Carretil second after El Pisón. This could be an elegant version of the 2009, with a lot more freshness but the same structure. Will this change with the new wines from 2016? (LG) 95+
This red delivers bold flavors of black cherry, kirsch, black tea and cocoa, with notes of tarragon, black tea and mineral. Firm tannins and balsamic acidity give a solid structure. Energetic yet remains harmonious. Drink now through 2032. (TM)
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