Arguably the best Ysios reserva to date; it shows a full, lightly baked bouquet with berry aromas, spice, barrel char and herbs. Feels fresh and lush, with balance and tasty flavors of black fruit, fig, tobacco and chocolaty oak. It’s a touch oaky and warm on the finish, but elegant and very well made. Drink now through 2015.
Charred and smoky on first take, this has plenty of upfront oak that adds a toasty quality to the core plum and berry aromas. It feels full, round and pure, with dark, slightly balsamic-like flavors of baked berry and earth. It’s smooth, mild and unobtrusive on the finish. Drink now–2016.
Ysios is one of the most visually pleasing wineries you’ll see. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava and it’s the town of Laguardia’s modern stamp. But until now the wines were just average. This one, however, is far better than that, with pure dried cherry and raspberry flavors bolstered by spicy oak, vanilla and perfect acidity. Drink now–2009. Imported by…
Ysios is a ripe, smooth wine with polished aromas of black fruit, charred meat and vanilla. The palate has black cherry, plum, bacon and chocolate flavors, and the finish is smoky. Throughout there’s a nice grilled character to the wine, which isn’t very complicated and isn’t likely to improve much with age. Drink now through 2010.
Ysios is the wavy-roofed, Calatrava-designed winery that graces all those postcards from Rioja. But over the years this Pernod Ricard property has struggled with consistency. Nevertheless, the 2004 is probably the best wine to date from Ysios; it offers creamy but fresh berry aromas backed by cherry, raspberry and plum flavors. With mocha and chocolate on the…
Tame black-fruit aromas are leathery, darkened by asphalt and tar notes. This wine feels good and round, with plum and berry flavors that accompany resiny oak. Fruity, nice and pleasant, it doesn’t announce itself as special or elevated.
For years Ysios has been one of Spain’s most architecturally astounding wineries, but its wines have lagged. This is not a new wine, so it falls into that simple, basic category. It’s aging decently, showing citrus, root beer and tobacco. Good but midland.