The opening is nice and chunky, with jammy blackberry aromas. The palate on this Tempranillo-led Rioja is full-bodied, with grip and flavors of herbal berry, tea, smoked meat and lemony oak. There’s a hint of green to the medium-length finish, which is firm in feel and oaky in flavor.
Big and earthy at first, with hints of sulfur, leather and ripe berry fruit. The palate is equally ripe and meaty, with warm blackberry and spice flavors. It may be a little plump and oily for some traditionalists, with nondistinct flavors and mouthfeel. But overall it’s nice and mature. Drink now.
Dark in color, with mineral, leather and balsamic notes. With 20% Garnacha, this wine spent six months in oak and it comes on like a saturated, beefy youngster with ripe, healthy plum and other black-fruit flavors. Lasting on the finish, with body and structure. The fact that it doesn’t overreach is a virtue.
This wine is clearly shooting for the modern style of Rioja; it’s dark as night, soft and meaty. But it also has a lot of gaseous sulfur on the nose and hard tannins. Expect a chewy, broad Rioja that’s hedonistic but on the cusp of overripe. Decant before drinking within the next two years.