92 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2011
Deep ruby. Exotic, highly perfumed bouquet of cherry-cola, oak spices and potpourri, with a slow-building floral nuance. Juicy, penetrating dark fruit flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and gain sweetness with air. This very suave Rioja finishes with strong thrust and a lingering note of Indian spices. I find this to be drinking very well right now.
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