|90+||View from the Cellar||The bouquet is a bit deeper and just a touch more black fruity in personality than the 2015 Old Vines cuvée, but equally poised and complex, as it wafts from the glass in a blend of cherries, black raspberries, lovely spice tones, wild fennel, a nice touch of meatiness, a fine base of soil and just a whisper of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a good core, modest tannins and lovely length and grip on the very well-balanced and vibrant finish. Again, this is simply a terrific value! 2017-2025+.
|90||Vinous Media||(fermented in stainless steel tanks followed by malolactic fermentation and five months of age in 70 percent American and 30 percent French oak barrels, all of them used) Deep ruby. Oak-spiced dark berry and coconut aromas show very good clarity and an emerging peppery nuance. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors and a repeating coconut flourish. Closes sweet, energetic and very long, with lingering dark fruit character and slow-building tannins.
Spain’s New Releases, Part 2: Triumphs and Travails – May 16, 2017
|91+||View from the Cellar||As I mentioned last year, the Monastrell “Barrica 5 Meses” from Porta Regia is essentially the same wine as the above, except that it is aged for five months in “one wine” casks, whereas the Old Vines bottling spends its entire elevage in stainless steel tanks. The 2016 Barrica 5 Meses is another excellent wine, showing just a bit more precision on both the nose and palate from its short stay in barrels than the regular Old Vine bottling. The nose offers up a fine blend of black cherries, roasted meats, chicory, beautiful, salty soil tones, wild fennel, a touch of oak and a topnote of bonfires. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a fine core, excellent soil signature, suave tannins and impressive length and grip on the very well-balanced finish. Fine, fine juice. 2018-2030+.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|90||Vinous Media||Lurid ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented dark berry and licorice aromas are accented by hints of vanilla and cracked pepper. Smooth and broad on the palate, offering sweet cherry and cassis flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Shows building sweetness and a subtle floral quality on the gently tannic finish, which leaves a repeating vanilla note behind. (aged for five months in a 70/30 combination of French and American oak barrels, some new and some used)
Mediterranean Spain: Diversity and Consistency, April 25, 2019