This wine is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano with maturation in French oak for 20 months, plus a further 18 months in bottle before release and alcohol coming in at 14%.
This wine opened up with a sensuous bouquet of cherry, blackberry, black plum, incense, toast, sandalwood, cinnamon and vanilla spices. On the mouthfeel, medium-full bodied, dry, a nice blend of fruit, cedar and spices, mild acidity and grainy tannins. This wine’s finish is long, masculine with a savoury edge and persistent tannins lingering. This wine should acquire additional complexity with a further 2-3 years in bottle, if your impatient (like me) 1-2 hour in your decanter is strongly recommended. I will wait a further 1-2 years before opening my remaining bottle. What I like the most about this reserve 2005 is the aromatics, strongly recommended for fans of Spanish wines. Score 89 points.
Purchased April 13, 2013 LCBO Vintages New Release (702761) at $24.95