So, continuing down the line from Protos is this Crianza. It's a fairly classic crianza: fermented in stainless steel vats followed up by 12 months in American oak, then a year in bottle. Again, its a fairly traditional wine: you won't find a big, highly extracted thing here. Its all about the savoury fruit, good oak treatment, texture and balance. Don't worry that this is from the hot 2003 vintage, I couldn't find any baked or heat associated characters here.
A smokey, earthy nose with some nice mulberry and dark cherry fruit and a dollop of barnyard. A touch of caramel oak completes the picture. Very smooth and textured in the mouth, the soft fruit tannins and expansive mouthfeel are cleaned up by a charge of acid towards the end. Pure cherry and mulberry with some minerals and sage leaves on the palate. The finish is long and shows an iron rich earth kind of character. Ready to go now, but could do 8-10 years of hard time in a dark place. 91 Pts.
Source: Broadway Liquor Distributors Price: $55 Closure: Conventional Cork