A giant leap into the La Rioja Alta nexus of sweet fruit and rich, tannic power. Cherry cola, mushroom compost, red fruits, blueberry, cigar box and cinnamon. Rich, almost full bodied, the fruit is ripe and glossy, the tannins, initially tight, but sweeten and melt with time in the glass. A terrific combination of charm and energy, so much presence and power, but never losing its poise. One of my favourite wines of 2022. Waters Wine Co
A rich nose of raspberry, crushed strawberry, blueberry, coconut, cedar and sweet spice. It’s medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins and fresh acidity. Creamy, balanced and layered with vibrant, spicy character. Long and polished. 96 points – James Suckling
Bright beacon of freshness, layers of dark cherry fruit, with hints of a bright Garnacha. Fine and soft tannin, lots of mocha and cacao. Juicy, lively, with a long finish. A model blend, excellent. 93 Points – blind panel tasting by Pedro Ballestero Torres MW, Sarah Jane Evans MW and Amaya Cervera, Decanter.com
Few would dispute that La Rioja Alta is the leading quality-focused producer in Spain’s most famous wine region. Since the coming together of five growers to form the estate 130 years ago, they have produced some of the most highly regarded and longest-lived examples of Rioja. These superb wines are ready for consumption on release, but will keep many more years in bottle – decades in some cases.