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. — 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. — 2 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 — 19 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. — 4 days ago
Carmenere from Chile. Hints of pepper and vanilla, dark plum. — 3 days ago
Def plummy and blackberry. Yes to fall — 6 days ago
A study of Spain - both textbook and experiential 🤓☺️ I mean, wine not?
As a ‘Gran Reserva’ red wine, this Rioja, made with the Tempranillo and Graciano grapes, must be aged for a minimum of 18 months in oak and 60 months total before release.
This producer went above and beyond the minimums (which is not uncommon) and chose to age 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%. — a day ago
Very nice aged Rioja. Probably plenty more years in this but drinking very nicely now. Nose is dark fruit, vanilla, cedar and light licorice. In the glass, vibrant with violet edges, very fresh. Palate is a blend of dark fruit, cherry, vanilla and leather, medium tannins and a lovely long sour candy finish. Not a regular choice for me but this was really good. — 20 days ago
Fist, the Gran Reserva is significantly better than the Reserva. Deep Ruby with dark fruit aromas, oak and toasty spice, has 10% Graciano in blend. On the palate plum, cherry and blackberry flavors with notes of leather, cacao and vanilla spice. Savory ripe fine tannins on long finish ending with fruit and tangy oak. Tasting Sample. — 5 days ago