(2018) A not so common blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot, this range-topping wine spent 15 months in French and comes from vineyards close to Madrid. The nose is dark and glossy, cocoa and black plum, a hint of violet, a hint of anise. In the mouth the French oak has eased the tannins, but this is liquoricy and grippy, a plum-skin bite of roughening acidity and tannin as well as the 14.5% alcohol making it svelte but grippy.
(2018) Like its big brother, the Seleccion Especial, this blends Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah and is aged in French oak for a year. Still deep and dark on the nose, it is a little softer and creamier, more focused on spicy black fruits. The palate has a similar combination of sweetness and roughening tannins: its perhaps a little sweeter in fruit profile but also a little more rustic in the finish, but is a pleasing big mouthful of wine at the price that would be good with casseroles or a juicy steak.