(70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% monastrell, aged for 24 months in new French and American oak): Glass-staining purple. Explosive, alluring scents of blueberry, boysenberry, pipe tobacco, licorice and vanilla bean. Lush and broad but juicy and firmly built, with suave candied dark fruit flavors accented by sexy floral and Asian spice qualities. Finishes broad, juicy and impressively long, with echoing boysenberry and spice notes.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: September/October 2011
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96
The 2008 El Nido is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Monastrell also aged for 24 months in new French and American oak. It gives up a bit more aromatic complexity with ramped up concentration and volume. In the glass, notes of blueberry, blackberry, exotic spices, and pepper lead to a plush, silky, 60-second finish. Give this behemoth 6-8 years to become civilized and drink the Clio cuvee while you are waiting.
Author: Jay Miller
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91
This thick red has a velvety texture that carries cassis, cherry jam, chocolate and licorice flavors, ripe and sweet. Tannins are firm and well-integrated, as this shows just enough acidity to stay lively. Plush, modern style.