Jammy and rich, and amid the folds there are aromas of roasted plum, cassis and mineral. The wine has good weight and structure, with sweet, tasty flavors of cassis and black cherry. Finishes sweet and maybe a tiny bit baked, but overall this is Ribera as it should be. Drink now.
Sweet, spicy oak is the dominant smell on this racy, youthful wine that’s packed with aromas of coconut, cola and pepper. On the palate, oak remains front and center, while plum, raspberry, butter and vanilla flavors rest in back. The finish is crisp and focused; drink now through 2019.
Unusual aromatics for Ribera include minty blueberry and something suggesting metal and chemical. The palate is better despite smack-down tannins and briary raspberry flavors. Has some short circuits as it tries to present an elevated, $30 impression of a distinct wine region.