More up the ladder from Vitoria's crianza, but also more raisiny and oaky. The wine develops nicely with air, shedding raisin for more of the fruit spectrum. Meanwhile, the oak is strong and obvious, leaving vanilla, toast and spice on the finish. Otherwise, it has the same flavor profile and acidic kick as the crianza. Drink now through 2013.
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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.