This wine is produced from old, bush-vines of Tempranillo grown at 2,300 feet of elevation in the sub-region of Rioja Alta. The vines are planted in sloping vineyards of calcerous-clay soils. The grapes were hand-harvested in early October and were fermented in stainless steel tanks, followed by a few months of aging in oak barrels, keeping a balance between fresh fruit flavors and complexity from oak.
2015 Vintage – 90 Points, Vinous – “Inky ruby. Primary black and blue fruits on the smoke-and-spice accented nose. Chewy and concentrated on the palate, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors that pick up hints of succulent herbs and candied flowers as the wine slowly opens up. Fleshy yet energetic, delivering strong closing punch and dusty, slow-mounting tannins that lend shape and grip. Definitely give this youthful wine some air if you insist on opening a bottle any time soon. 2019-2025.”
2015 Vintage – 89+ Points, View From the Cellar – …Offers up a fine bouquet of red and black cherries, a nice touch of spices, meats, fresh nutmeg, a touch of wild fennel and a judicious base of coconutty American oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and impressively complex, with a good, solid core of fruit, lovely soil signature, moderate, well-integrated tannins and very good length and grip on the well-balanced finish… Very easy to drink.”