Ripe years like 2012 can produce mammoth wines in places like Dominio de Valdepusa in Central Spain, and this is indeed a huge black seriously ripe blend of Graciano, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Raisin and prune aromas are in the lead, and there's fiery oak to go with that. Flavors of prune, chocolate and blazing oak match the nose, while this ends with the thud of extremely ripe fruit, tons of oak and soft tannins. Drink through 2021.
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.