Dense aromas of prune, blackberry, leather and vanilla open this lusty, full-bodied Rioja that presses the pedal to the metal. Flavors of blackberry and baking spice transition to mocha and cassis on the flush finish. Drink this fully ripe and extracted Tempranillo-based blend through 2025.
93 points, Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Mar 2020)
Sweet blackberries with hints of smoke, cocoa powder and balsamic vinegar. A slew of tannins, but easily carried by the fruit. The long finish is softer than the initial impact suggested, with a bitter-chocolate note. Made from 90 and 130-year-old vines. Drink or hold.
93 points, James Suckling (Aug 2018)
The darker, more modern, ripe and concentrated 2015 III a. C has a very defined style for a segment of consumers that like that heady, oaky and hedonistic profile. This is a dark colored, unashamed modern Rioja with plenty of oak-related flavors and tannins that are going to require some time in bottle and/or powerful food. As with many wines of this profile, it's pure Tempranillo and the oak is French and mostly new. My experience is that this style usually ages faster than the more traditional wines.
91 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 235 - Feb 2018)
Polished and firm, this dense red offers espresso, loamy earth and smoke notes, shadowing a core of currant, licorice and tar flavors. Juicy, racy acidity balances the muscular tannins. Expressive, though in an austere style. Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo. Drink now through 2030. 400 cases made, 100 cases imported.
91 points, Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (Apr 2020)