October 21, 2020 - Aromas of red berries, spices...vanilla, leather, chocolate and balsamic notes. Full-bodied and dry with dusty tannins. Tobacco and leather flavours with ripe fleshy fruit. Long spicy finish. Nicely done...drink within next few years. 90+
October 13, 2020 - Delicious. I enjoy Spanish round taste wine.
October 3, 2020 - We had this with a roasted leg of lamb and it was fantastic! Probably one of my favorite bottles recently. And to think it was $15 at Costco??
Deep ruby in color. Aromas of herbs (basil, rosemary), black pepper, spice, dark cherry. Flavors of blackberry, cherry, plumbs, raspberry, spice, black pepper, and some really nice herbal notes on the finish. Nice velvety texture.
Excellent, wish they had more bottles when I went back to costco!
September 11, 2020 - Deep red-purple with very high optical density and dulled by specular reflectivity. Strong intensity of aromas, with dusty fruits (plums, raspberries, cranberries, and some dark cassis), mixed red and black liquorice, and brambly dried forest floor with some clear but light oak notes that appear integrated. Decent complexity on nose. The palate is full bodied and rich, with a dry framework that has plenty of structured tannins and is dry. This yields a texture of even, polished elegance that shows some back end gritty grip to clean the palate. Flavours of ripe red berries on the attack, with sour cherry and cranberry underneath, providing tension and balance to the rich ripe fruits on top. The midpalate shows some spicy dried leaves and leather as the fruit becomes more dried in character toward the final transition. The finish finds some light, clean tobacco smoke and a mix of oak spices- dill, hazelnut, coconut, and cloves. Medium length on the finish, and overall, good if not soaring complexity with excellent intensity.
This is a really nice wine. Enough depth to be beyond just a good value here, with decent complexity that requires some thought. The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Tempranillo provides an international and modern flair, but still an elegant and restrained old-world styling is apparent here. At 10 years, this has plenty of legs for the cellar, and is just coming into a window of fine drinkability with plenty of freshness but nice integration. Excellent wine!
August 2, 2020 - Nice RdD, started fading a couple of hours after opening
July 9, 2020 - Wow, a fantastic wine from Spain. I prefer Ribera del Duero over Rioja generally and this one did not disappoint. The 20% cab adds body and complexity to the Tempranillo. Highly recommend!
June 28, 2020 - Good wine. No formal notes.
May 9, 2020 - This was a Costco purchase, as I was looking for everyday drinking wines with some bottle age. It’s 80% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet. This wine is medium bodied and very fruity, with aromas and tastes of black cherry, plum, and cedar. It’s still very tannic and neds a lot of time. As an everyday drinker, priced under $15 a bottle, I give it a thumbs up. Decant or cellar longer.
January 17, 2020 - Another bottle that is a bit thin. Maybe the lot we received? Not bad but not sure how WS got a 94 from this...
October 1, 2019 - Day 1: Final bottle. Bought over a case for less than $12. Best purchase in a while. Earth, spice, wood, floral and minerals. Medium plus finish. Drink this wine now. 91 points
Day 3: Lots of oak and dill. Lose of fruit that was present on these six months ago. I would cellar any you have. 88 points
Day 3.5: Tons of air with the last glass and it worked. Still has the wood and subtle dill but the fruits have emerged again. Medium plus finish. Cellar as recommended. 91 points
Recommendation: Cellar and drink after 2022.