The blend for the 2010 Rioja Reserva varies depending on the growing season. In the warm and ripe 2009 it was 93% Tempranillo, 4% Mazuelo and 2% Graciano and 1% Garnacha Tinta, always from their own vineyards and hand-harvested between October 2 and 23. Maria the winemaker thinks the Garnacha does not add much to their blend. The grapes fermented separately in stainless-steel vats and the wine aged for 21 months in American oak barrels. There is gob-smacking precision and elegance here. It's a pure wine with no oak that is super harmonious, floral and fragrant. I simply fell in love with the nose. Now onto the palate. The entry is really fluid, and then it explodes in your mouth, filling it along a thread of fine acidity making it long and tasty. It has the same astonishing purity and harmony, focus and precision found in the nose. This has to be the best Reserva from Murrieta in recent times. Bravo! One million bottles produced, but all the wine is one single lot and all the bottles you can find are exactly the same just they are bottled continuously for four months. Mind boggling quality for the price asked.
Just arrived today off the fedex from NYC so |bruised| and |bottle shocked| some might say. Had to try after enjoying immensely the 2012 Hazana last evening and concluding definitively that that is a must case+ acquisition. This is a Reserva with 2 more years age but wouldn't gather the latter. First immediate smell and sip said |wait|... After 20 minutes(as recommended by the vineyard) things did open a bit. Prunes, alcohol and K says apricot. Crystal clear with moderate legging it bites back with sharp cranberry and medicinal notes and a very muted cherry undertones- an unsweetened cough drop. Give this pup some time- it does hint that it will be worth the wait. However, remember this was a million bottle lot and despite WA's contention that all will be equal despite being bottled over 4 months, I'm guessing that the odds are otherwise.