A traditional style of Rioja with earthy, peppery, dry aromas in front of a healthy, lively palate. Tastes like vanilla and buttery oak on top of zesty but restrained raspberry and red plum. Shows spice, character and a wholeness that makes it a winner. Drink now through 2015.
This is black and tarry on first take, but complex aromas of pine, baked plum and wood smoke emerge. It has a nice full body and a few levels of texture, while the wine’s dark plum and berry flavors are generously spiced. This is composed, full and grabby on the finish. Drink now through 2018.
Concentrated and smoky, with shoe polish and other black aromas. It’s ultratight in the mouth, collapsing on itself more than expanding. Flavors of earth and berry are loud. Rugged feeling on the finish.