|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.
|92||View from the Cellar||As readers may recall the Passión Arrocal cuvée also sees no new wood, with its elevage done in a fifty-fifty mix of two and three year-old French barrels. The wine hails from the Los Corrales Vineyard, which is planted with forty year-old tempranillo vines at an elevation of eight hundred meters above sea level. The 2015 Passión Arrocal tips the scales at fourteen percentalcohol and is a fine follow-up to the excellent 2014 bottling reviewed last year. The wine offers up a bouquet of black cherries, black plums, a touch of cigar smoke, dark chocolate, a fine signature of soil and a discreet touch of smoky oak. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied and very nicely balanced, with a rock solid core, firm, well-integrated tannins and excellent focus and grip on the still quite youthful finish. This is a touch riper in personality than the lovely 2014, but that is the nature of the 2015 vintage, and with sufficient bottle age, it should approach the fine quality of the previous vintage. I would tuck it away in the cellar for five or six years and then drink it with pleasure over the ensuing two or three decades. Fine juice. 2023- 2050.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|89||The Wine Advocate||The single-vineyard 2015 Passión contains some 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from a warm and dry year. It fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in oak barrels for 12 months. This is not terribly complex, but it has nice fruit that still shows the vintage differences when tasted next to the 2016s. At the same time, it has less oak than the Selección, but it's still quite generously oaked. There are some dusty tannins and spicy flavors in the finish. 10,000 bottles were filled in December 2017.
August 2018 - Issue 238