Layered, stout and pure smelling, with aromas of cola, chocolate and modern, ripe berry fruit that roll out the welcome mat. Feels full and tannic, with toasty black fruit flavors accented by espresso and bitter chocolate. Finishes dark, with coffee and licorice flavors. Best from late 2012 through 2015.
Rock solid and dense, with aromas of black cherry and cassis along with a whiff of aged cheese. The palate is tight, tannic and rubbery, with grabby black cherry and blackberry flavors along with toasty, dark shadings. Finishes firm, with a touch of black olive and herbs. The best MC to date; drink now through 2017.
Another of the “modern” wines, MC is 100% Tempranillo that stays in French oak for 9 months and then is released quickly onto the market. It’s a creamy, supple wine that packs a lot of fruit and oak into a pleasant package.
Inky dark, with deep berry, sandalwood and sawmill aromas. Color and potency are not lacking in this modern-styled Tempranillo, which hits like a hammer. Feelwise, this is a tough, angular wine that will benefit from another year or two of aging. Now it’s very tight and tannic, with piercing acidity.
Rich, saturated and dark, with initial aromas of game and salsa and then more typical raspberry and plum. This is a big, ripe-style wine with strong tannic grip, ample oak and jammy berry fruit flavors. It isn't overly complex or elevated in character, but it's rock solid and immensely ripe.
This wine is Cáceres’ attempt at a modern (yet for the masses) Rioja, and frankly it’s not working. The bouquet is nothing but an avalanche of coconut and butter, which stems from the barrel regimen the wine goes through. And the palate is loud, chunky and clumsy. Yes, there’s big fruit and bulk; but it’s grabby, oversized and overoaked.