Despite spending just six months in oak, this Tempranillo-dominated red serves up ample barrel char along with some sweet, attractive wood-driven spice. The black cherry fruit is lifted up by a pleasant vanilla flavor, which is followed by wall-to-wall tannins and a severe but welcome smokiness.
From Extremadura in west-central Spain, this dark, virtually opaque red shows oak, herbs and leather on the dense nose. The flavors to this Tempranillo-based heavyweight are of blackberry, and they’re fine. But jackhammer tannins that blow away your cheek linings make it almost impossible to swallow. Bottom line: it’s a high-plains tannic drifter.