($200) Deep ruby. Vibrant, intensely perfumed aromas of mineral-accented red berries and cherry, with deeper espresso, black cardamom and rooty licorice qualities. Bright strawberry and raspberry on the impressively expansive and precise palate. Fine-grained tannins give shape to the strikingly long, juicy finish. This is not at all about size.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: September/October 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 97
As if chiseled from granite, this massively structured red is powerful and unyielding. But beneath the tannins are rich, expressive flavors of blackberry, licorice, tobacco, espresso and mineral, and even floral and citrus notes. Excellent balance and a clean finish leave the wine in elegant focus. 100 cases imported.
Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: Thomas Matthews
Wine Advocate | Rating: 97
The 2004 Malleolus de Sancho Martin comes from a single vineyard planted in 1964. It was aged for 22 months in new French oak. Even more expressive aromatically, it offers a beautiful perfume of spice box, vanilla, lead pencil, red and black currants and blackberry liqueur. Sweet, supple, and layered on the palate, it has terrific concentration and balance. Give this superb effort 6-8 years of cellaring and drink it through 2032.