($18; 95% tempranillo and 5% garnacha) Youthful purple. Spicy cherry and dark chocolate aromas are underscored by zesty minerals and orange zest. Sweet raspberry and kirsch flavors are impressively pure and deep, showing an energetic personality. Gains sweetness on the long, spicy finish. This outstanding value offers the complexity of wines costing much more.
($50) Dark purple. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes blackberry, mulberry, vanilla and exotic Asian spices. Deep and sweet, with powerful dark berry liqueur flavors underscored by strong oak spice. But the wood is in sync with the deep, concentrated fruit and adds serious sex appeal. A round, supple wine with impressive energy and focus. Becomes chewier with air and finishes with superb sweetness. (Grapes of Spain, Lorton, VA)