Grapes: 45% Cab Sauvignon, 25% Tempranillo, 15% Syrah and 15% Merlot
Initially produced to commemorate the birth of Aurelio’s first child, Daniel. The project continues
to be a cooperation between educator and winemaker, Joaquin Galvez and Aurelio. This wine is of the greatest concentration and it is delivered after one year of ageing in 50% new and 50% one year barrels. It is sold shortly after bottling, resulting in a muscular, rich and fleshy wine.
The 2005 Leva Daniel’s is composed of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Tempranillo, 15% Syrah, and 15% Merlot. It was aged for 1 year in 50% new oak. It is inky purple with a very spicy bouquet of pain grille, pencil lead, black fruits, and blueberry. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is still tightly wound but well-balanced. There is ample spicy fruit and good integration of the component parts but it will need 3-5 years of cellaring to reveal its full potential. Issue 175, February '08
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark purple. Smoky dark berry and cherry preserve aromas are deepened by dark chocolate and espresso; a floral element emerges with air, adding an exotic quality. Brighter redcurrant and cherry flavors are focused and deep. This impressively concentrated and complex blend boasts plenty of immediate appeal but also has the stuffing to repay a few years in the cellar. Issue 133, July/Aug '07
Wine & Spirits Magazine
This blend based on cabernet sauvignon and tempranillo (with syrah and merlot) offers an intriguing juxtaposition of bright red fruit flavors on a rustic texture. It's juicy and sauvage, refreshing in its own way. The tannins are aggressive on their own, but a pleasure with lamb. Issue 273, June '08