(2012) This Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León is a blend of 52% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, matured for 18 months in French oak. There's a deep pool of damson plum and blackcurrant fruit on the nose, a real sense of ripeness even a touch of over-ripeness. On the palate this is big, rich, and deeply filled with those deluxe black fruit flavours, all smoothed by a little vanilla and bittersweet twist of plum skins and liquorice. A huge wine, the alcohol (15% ABV), oak and velvety abundance of fruit are undeniably luxurious and impressive, but it perhaps lacks a little sense of place. An 'international' style and delicious without doubt, I could quite understand others giving a higher score, but for me: