Lively and intense, with a true old-vines, limited-production character. The color, nose and palate are all potent and masculine. There's a ton of new oak on the nose, but it's textbook modern-style Rioja. Cassis, blackberry and various woody adornments make it work, and the finish is black as coal. Drink from late 2009 and on.
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.