|91||Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar||Vivid ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced red and dark berries on the perfumed nose. Shows very good energy and power in the mouth, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors plus a strong note of candied flowers. Closes silky and long, with resonating spiciness and soft, even tannins. This sexy wine is drinking well now and offers superb value.|
|91||Vinous Media||Opaque ruby. High-pitched red berry and floral pastille scents are complicated by cured tobacco and smoky minerals. Shows very good clarity and a light touch, with sharply focused raspberry and bitter cherry flavors deepening and turning sweeter with air. Harmonious tannins build slowly on the finish, which shows very good persistence and lingering red fruit and floral qualities. This graceful wine was aged for a year in French oak, half of it new.
|90||The Wine Advocate||The extremely balsamic 2012 Arrocal Passion had aromas of mint, even eucalyptus, intermixed with red and black berries and plenty of spicy aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, with some fine-grained, slightly dusty tannins, with good balance. This pure Tempranillo matured in a mixture of French and American oak barrels for one year. 10,000 bottles were produced.
|90||The Wine Enthusiast||Deep, earthy aromas of cassis and black cherry set up a full, balanced palate with subtle but present acidity. Black plum, blackberry, vanilla and dill flavors finish strong, with savory, saucy tomato notes. This is a classic Ribera wine; drink through 2020.
|92||View from the Cellar||The 2014 Passión Arrocal sees no new wood, with its elevage done in a fifty-fifty mix of two and three year-old French casks- my kind of wine! This is one hundred percent tempranillo and offers up a fine bouquet of plums, black cherries, raw cocoa, a really striking soil signature, a touch of cigar wrapper and a gently spicy topnote. On the palate the wine is pure and fullbodied, with beautiful balance and nascent complexity, fine mid-palate depth, ripe, moderate tannins and lovely focus and grip on the long, bright and youthful finish. This harkens back stylistically to the wines I fell in love with from Ribera del Duero in the vintages of the early 1980s and is a superb value. While the wine is quite tasty in its youth, I would let this evolve with at least a couple of years in the cellar, as there are more layers of complexity to unfold! Great juice. 2020-2050.|
|89||The Wine Advocate||The 2014 Passión is produced with grapes from the Barrancones vineyard, mostly Tempranillo with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in stainless steel and matured in a mixture of newer and older French and American oak barrels for one year. The nose combines dark fruit with some spicy aromas from the barrels. The palate is medium-bodied, with fine tannins and good balance. Quite approachable. There were 10,000 bottles produced.