All grapes were hand harvested into small baskets for transport to the winery. The detemmed grapes were fermented and macerated with skins for 30 days with twice a day pump-overs that last approximately one hour per tank. Following malolactic fermenetation in stainless steel tanks, the wine was aged for 24 months in French and American oak barrels with racking every 6 months. Aged a further 30 months in bottle before release.
The Wine Enthusiast
This opens with hot, fiery aromas, but with airing the nose turns toward cola, leather and plum. Wiry and lively on the palate, this is a focused, slightly tannic wine that reveals earthy, saucy flavors. A leathery, sun-baked finish is a bit stewy. Drink through 2019. Issue September 2015
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Deep, smoky aromas of blackberry, cherry, pipe
tobacco, coconut and mocha. Sweet and silky in texture, offering open-knit red fruit compote flavors
complicated by subtle baking spice and smoke flourishes. Finishes very long and gently tannic, with lingering
red fruits and spices. “Focus on Spain” Issue 176 Sept/Oct 2014
Wine Review Online
This is a completely, gulp-ably delicious wine that also shows real complexity and class…for $22. My first encounter with this Bodega included an excellent 2001 Gran Reserva and a very good 2011 Crianza, so we are off to a very good start. Although I really do like the Crianza, $5 is a very small premium to buy up to this Reserva; likewise, $5 is peanuts to trade up to a Gran Reserva that is 8 years older. So, this and the 2001 seem like the obvious wines to buy, and I actually like the two of them equally well, despite the fact that they are very different. Thanks to a relatively warm growing season, this 2009 Reserva is very soft and immediate in its appeal, with lovely soft fruit and very broad texture for a five year-old Rioja Reserva. Frankly, you could find plenty of Reservas from 2005 or 2006 that aren’t as open and seductive as this wine is right now. Nevertheless, there’s a lot going on underneath all that soft fruit, with nice spice and smoke notes, as well as a subtle accent of cured meat. This would be perfect with medium-weight dishes such as chicken, pork, duck or veal. "Keeping Spain on the Map" October 21, 2014
The Washington Post
This wine and its delicious sibling, a $13 2011 Crianza, are moody teenagers. At first sip, they grouse and complain about being awakened from their slumber, but don’t give up on them. After they have a chance to shake off that negative vibe (for wines, about an hour), they blossom into the charming, complex wonders you knew they could be. The Reserva is the further developed and more complex of the two, having matured longer in oak. Both are tempranillo-based blends, and both should mature well for a few more years in your cellar. These are new wines from importer Aurelio Cabestrero’s Grapes of Spain label and should see increasing availability soon. ** 1/2 Stars (Excellent to Exceptional)
"Newcomers worth seeking out"
Dave McIntyre, January 18, 2015