This wine is a blend of mostly Tempranillo, with 88%, 7% Mazuelo, 3% Garnacha (Grenache) and 2% Graciano, ageing took place in 225 litre American oak barrels for 18 months followed by 24 months in bottles before being released. Finally, alcohol comes in at 14%.
An intriguing and mature bouquet on this Rioja, with aromas of wild berries, plums, dried strawberry, Moroccan spices, sandalwood, floral and vanilla notes. On the mouthfeel, medium bodied with bright flavours, smooth texture, great acidity and fine grainy tannins. This wines finish is long, with great energy, flavourful, with a little bit of alcohol heat lingering. For me, this wine hits all the right notes, starting with a very sensuous bouquet, beautiful, well structured mouthfeel and a long flavourful, smooth and elegant finish. Drinking well now but should improve with a further 2-3 years in bottle. The quality/price ratio is well in your favour, score 92 points.
Purchased June 22, 2013 LCBO Vintages New Release (209148) at $24.95