|92||View from the Cellar||The Reserva cuvée from Viña Jaraba is again a blend of seventy percent tempranillo, twenty percent cabernet sauvignon and ten percent merlot, with the wine aged in French and American barrels for twelve months prior to bottling. The wine is evolving very gracefully at age seven, offering up a deep and complex nose of black cherries, cassis, woodsmoke, a nice base of spice elements, just a whisper of the walnuts to come with further bottle age, a bit of chicory and a nice touch of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and resolving beautifully, with impressive complexity, a good core and fine length and grip on the classy finish. There is still a bit of tannin here to continue to carry the wine into the future, but it is wide open today and drinking very well indeed. 2018-2035.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|90+||View from the Cellar||The 2014 Viña Jaraba “Reserva” shares a similar blend with the Pago de la Jaraba bottling: seventy percent tempranillo, twenty percent cabernet sauvignon and ten percent merlot. The varieties are separately fermented in cement tanks and then blended and aged in a combination of seventy percent American casks and thirty percent French casks for one year, prior to bottling and then given further bottle aging in the cellars prior to release. The wine offers up a very complex nose of black cherries, dark berries, a touch of clove-like spice, cigar wrapper, a fine base of soil tones and a nice mix of both cedar and coconutty oak tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a superb core of fruit, good transparency and grip, suave, buried tannins and a long, vibrant and classy finish. This is already starting to show some nice velvety textural elements on the attack and is quite Rioja-like (albeit not quite as elegant in profile). It is a ridiculously good value, as it retails here in the US for $16 per bottle! 2020-2040+.
Issue #86 - March/April 2020
|90||International Wine Review||A blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. Semi opaque in color, this bottling offers aromas of forest floor, soy and lead pencil on the nose. Soft on the attack, it has good density with notes of red fruit and good richness.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019