50% Tempranillo, 24% Grenache, 21% Graciano, 5% Carignan $82
Bringing a seductively playful attitude to the table, this Rioja inspired beauty is anything but laid back. The breadth of dense, dark fruit, coupled with meatiness, spice and clove with just a hint of a soy, builds a textural character on the nose that is accentuated on the palate. A brambly blackberry bush provided by Graciano supports the texture and determination of the Tempranillo with an elegant freshness and tension. This full bodied beauty will be sure to bring the party to any table.
96 points - Jeb Dunnuck
93-95 points - Robert Parker
94 points - Vinous