Cruz Alta is a new, higher-end label from Escorihuela, the long-time maker of value-priced Don Gascón. This is indeed a reserve-level wine (with 15% Cabernet and Syrah), and it's ripe, forward, powerful and mildly tannic. And there's lots of oak to offset the dark berry flavors. Finishes toasty and firm, with mocha.
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Spanish and South American Editor
Reviews wines from Argentina, Chile and Spain.
Michael Schachner is a New York-based journalist specializing in wine, food and travel. His articles appear regularly in Wine Enthusiast,
where he is a longstanding contributing editor responsible for South America and Spain. Schachner reviews more than 2,000 wines annually for WE
and regularly travels to Chile, Argentina and Spain to keep abreast of the constantly changing global wine map.