The 03 vintage of this wine was one of my favorites from last year, great perfume and fruit density. Like most reds from Ribera del Duero, its 100% Tempranillo. It sees 40% new french oak for 13 months, the remainder in older barrels. Many Crianzas are ready to go when they're released, this one is always very tightly coiled on release and needs a few years in the cellar to really show its stuff.
Very dark and brooding, the nose is quite meaty and shows intense black fruit characters such as blackberry and black current with earth, subtle spice and a touch of wood. Refined in the mouth, great tannins that are soft but with a bit of an edge at the moment, great balance. Intense dark, sour cherries with dark chocolate, cola and pepper on the palate. Very adult indeed. I like it a lot Long, drying finish with a boat load of tannin. Didn't move much on day 2, a bit more open and a bit of softening of tannins. Put this away for 2-3 years. 91 Pts.
Source: The Spanish Aquisition Cost: $55 Closure: Conventional Cork