Rich, big and burly, this blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is juicy, with full-on black cherry, plum, soil, ink and oak flavors. The nose is somewhat closed, but with aeration reveals black pepper and vanilla nuances. Finishes with black tea, char and dry, chalky tannins. Still a baby, but so promising. Give it 5+ years. Cellar Selection.
A masterful mixture of Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of wood smoke, blackberry and plum. An open wine for near-term drinking. Sweet and rich at the core, while pure cacao darkens the tail end.
This is a dark, fully formed and impressive wine, one that’s 70% Tempranillo and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of mineral, spice, orange zest, bacon and black plum are integrated and lead to a lively palate with flavors of raspberry, plum and herbal essence. Long and spunky on the finish. Drink now–2017.
The epitome of freshness and complexity is on offer in this delicious late-harvest Moscatel from Navarra’s most innovative bodega. Lemon peel, wild flowers and piercing apricot and peach aromas carry the ultra pure nose. There’s nothing funky or odd about this barrel-fermented wine; it will appeal to almost everyone who likes a well-made sweet white.
This smells like orange marmalade. It feels smooth and creamy, but not terribly thick due to fine acidity, with flavors of orange, honey, peach and spice. Long and creamy on the finish, this is a fresh, delicious wine that should impress anyone with a sweet tooth.
Lush, composed and fresh on the bouquet, with blackberry and perfect prune aromas. This is mouthfilling and smooth, with a firm, flush tannic structure and flavors of coconut, lemon rind, herbal black fruit and red berry. It’s long and supple late, and it’s arguably one of the best Cabernet Sauvignons you’ll find from Spain and Navarra.
Delightfully round and pleasant, with aromas of plum, earth, pencil lead and redwood shavings. The palate is deep and developed, with a full allotment of berry fruits and sweet strawberry working the layer below. Finishes leathery and dry, but not drying. A centered, classy Merlot from Navarra.
A forward wine with earthy aromas, leather and a hint of Navarra’s herbal essence. The palate is full-bodied and complete, with balanced weight and tannic structure. Flavors of dark berry and black plum are deep and mildly roasted, while the finish is meaty and chocolaty. Chivite Colección 125 is often Navarra’s best red wine, and that appears to be the case in 2004.