(2022) From a 100-year-old vineyard, it's a blend of 60% mencia, 30% pireto picudo and 10% alicante bouschet aged nine months in oak vats and concrete tanks. Polished, lightly truffly and brimming with red and black berry fruit character. The oak adds a sheen on the nose and palate, where a keen juiciness of tart raspberry and cherry gives plenty of energy to this, spritely tannins and buoyant acidity dry but at the same time juicy into the finish.
(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: