($17; 60% monastrell, 10% each of syrah, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, and 5% each of merlot and tempranillo) Inky purple. Explosively aromatic nose offers a seductive bouquet of blackberry, pungent flowers, oak spices and minerals. Red and dark berry flavors display impressive depth and purity, building in sweetness with aeration. Supple tannins add gentle support but don't distract from the deep berry flavors. Finishes silky and persistent.
($38; 45% cabernet sauvignon, 25% tempranillo and 15% each of syrah and merlot) Dark purple. Smoky dark berry and cherry preserve aromas are deepened by dark chocolate and espresso; a floral element emerges with air, adding an exotic quality. Brighter redcurrant and cherry flavors are focused and deep. This impressively concentrated and complex blend boasts plenty of immediate appeal but also has the stuffing to repay a few years in the cellar.
($46) Inky ruby. Youthful, oak-dominated blackcurrant and kirsch on the nose, with slow-developing mocha, espresso, underbrush and anise qualities. Broad-shouldered dark berry flavors display impressive sap and intensity. Sweeter on the finish, which clings tenaciously and repeats the licorice flavor. This needs time.
($42; 55% monastrell, 15% cabernet franc, 10% syrah, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 5% each of merlot and tempranillo) Deep ruby. Intensely perfumed nose shows an array of candied dark fruit, floral and spice scents, especially licorice. Powerful cherry and cassis flavors are surprisingly restrained and firmed by dusty tannins. Finishes with bright, mineral-accented cherry and licorice flavors and excellent length. Give this some time in bottle or a good decanting. (Grapes of Spain, Lorton, VA)