A blend of Tempranillo with 10% Mazuelo and Graciano, with aging, 50% in new French oak. Deep Ruby with ripe red and black fruit aromas and toasty spice. The palate shows plum and blackberry flavors with smoke, cacao and spice. Vivid acidity, firm ripe tannins, integrated lending to a medium+ finish ending with some earthy notes. Just starting to drink well, a few more years will benefit. Nice value for a Gran Reserva. — 12 days ago
Smoky caramel-mocha nose shows broom straw and bamboo, vanilla bean, graphite, tea biscuit, cardamom, cinnamon-apple, attic nutmeg and cilantro. Rich and chocolate-y mouthfeel with warm cinnamon heat is exemplary. First taste puts the dully oaken nose to shame for insufficient suggestion. This thing brings a support beam of heavy oak in abundance. Cedar, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, tobacco; the gangs all here. Coffee is the magnet in the middle; two sugars, black, a millisecond before the heavy cream and drizzled caramel. Buckwheat, buckthorn, and dried pineapple are the lightning in this dark storm. Add ginger and dried lime and a drop of Fernet Branca and you’ve nailed it. Don Quixote used to nip this for breakfast. #brandy #cardinalmendoza #spanishbrandy #brandydejerez #soleragranreserva #jerez #sanchezromatehermanos #sanchezromate #grapespirit — 24 days ago
Light bodied, balanced tannins and acid with dominant spice flavors, especially black pepper on the back end. — 12 days ago
A study of Spain - both textbook and experiential 🤓☺️ I mean, wine not?
As a ‘Gran Reserva’ red wine in Spain, made with Tempranillo and Graciano grapes, this wine must be aged for a minimum of 18 months in oak and 60 months total before release. There are even more stringent requirements in Rioja.
This producer aged this wine for 2 years in American and French oak casks followed by at least 3 years in the bodega’s cellar. Thanks to this, I am experiencing lots of deliciously toasty, cedar, vanilla, and baking-spice notes on the nose and palate. This is a full-bodied wine with good structure and pronounced blackberry, black cherry, and cassis aromas.
Valserrano, Rioja, Gran Reserva. Vintage 2011. ABV 14.5%. — 7 days ago
Summer berry galette, buttered popcorn, toasted walnuts on the nose. Baked blackberries and red cherries, hints of Brazil nuts and cola, with nicely polished mildly peppery tannins lingering on the finish. Needs a good decanting; recommend opening a day prior to drinking. Great value. Should go great with grilled meats and tomato-based pasta. — 8 days ago
A walk on a forest. Soil. Grosellas. Passion, a lot of passion. — 5 days ago
Deep ruby leaning garnet. Opens with a distinct and off-putting barnyard funk. Left to relax, red cherry emerges with charred wood, earth, and raw beef (although to be transparent, I was shaping and grilling fatty hamburgers). Aroma intensity is medium plus, and they are still developing as I detect chocolate starting to peek through. On the palate we have slightly less intense flavors of dried red fruit (cranberry and cherry), flint, are earth. Alcohol is a highish hot 14 ABV, medium acidity, medium plus bodied, medium plus tannins. The finish is medium (only)..I have had this several times. I am left wondering whether or not age will continue to deliver a benefit. Structurally, it should certainly stand up over time. Yet, much of the primary fruit has transformed already. So, buy 2. Drink 1 now, and age 1 for two more years, and see if your get leather and chocolate.
93 points — 7 days ago
This Cabernet Franc, made with grapes from Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, is one of the best that Argentina has to offer. Aged for 18 months in French barrels, half of them new, it is garnet in hue. The nose delivers intense aromas with inviting, well-defined notes of roasted red pepper, black currant, sour cherry and pepper. The wood comes out in the mouth, where it brings softness, volume, muscle and outline. This is pure but elegantly packaged power with a sustained, flavorful finish. (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, October 2020) — 14 days ago
Opened up after a few hour decant, but still needed a marbled steak for balance. Deep dark blackberry pie, tobacco, evergreen needles, and uplifted cranberry. Well balanced with great purity of fruit and persistent length. American oak flavors surround both red and black forest berries. Still very youthful... definitely decant or cellar. — 10 days ago