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(2015) Tempranillo, with 20% Graciano, don't confuse this with the 'regular' Crianza also in sale from FvD at a couple of pounds less, and where it's Grenache in the blend rather than Graciano. Creamy, vanilla and cocoa dusting to the seam of ripe black fruits on the nose, this has a cedar and pepper lift too of fine quality French oak. There's a balsamic sweetness to the fruit on the mid-palate, lovely rounded and quite meaty fruit, but long and distinguished. A very fine. modern Rioja.
(2013) This organically certified wine is made from 60% Tempranillo, 30% Garnacha and 10% Graciano grown in Rioja Baja. It pours a deep crimson red from its screwcapped bottle, and the nose offers overtly fruity aromas, rich with Christmas cake spice, cherry and some prune and plum. The oak adds a touch of vanilla and cedarwood in the background. On the palate it is creamy and sweet, the richness of the black berry fruit again the driving force, with plenty of texture and concentration and a nice, spicy support from the tannins, oak and acidity. A biggish Rioja at 14% ABV, and a very nice one too.
(2012) From an excellent year, this blend of mostly Tempranillo with a little Graciano spent 16 months in French and American oak barrels. There's a very attractive tobacco and Sandalwood spice lift on the nose that is fresh and modern, backed up as it is by cool, ripe, blackcurrant and Morello cherry fruit. In the mouth this has plenty of oaky spice and grilled bacon-fat smokiness, but it retains that liquorice-tinged tight black fruit. Juicy and nicely alive into the spicy, but fresh finish.
(2011) This is a tightly-wound, dark fruit-driven Rioja in the modern idiom, the majority of the blend being Garnacha (Grenache). Aromas of liquorice and damson plum sit over creamy, savoury oak. On the palate it has a fine sense of gravitas, the fruit at the core is tight and muscular, with plenty of depth and black olive savour. Chewy, serious stuff and delicious too, this will age for a few years.
(2011) A wine that classic Rioja fans should lap up.
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