93/100 Punkte Robert Parker, June 2017 The 2013 El Terroir was cropped from a cold, rainy and late harvest, as it happened in most of Spain. This is usually a blend of Garnacha from old vines on slightly deeper limestone soils and with an earthy, telluric character. They work with 27 different vineyards all in the village of San Martín de Unx, and they select blind the character of the different micro-vinifications (some 19 of them), and here they use the earthier lots. However, in this slightly lighter vintage, El Terroir shows extremely elegant and this has resulted in a superb vintage of this cuvée, which is always a little more generous and might work better in more austere vintages; having said that, I loved the 2012, which had a more Châteauneuf-du-Pape profile. This 2013 is simply superb and vibrant, with intense limestone minerality. I see very nicely integrated oak in all the wines and in general better transparency and delineation. This has all the ingredients to age nic
95/100 Punkte Robert Parker, June 2017 The 2014 La Dama, as with the El Terroir bottling, is produced with Garnacha grapes from vines planted starting in 1903. They told me they consider 2014 a beautiful vintage, healthy and balanced (although the organic and biodynamic vineyards then to be healthy and balanced every vintage!), and a pleasure to vinify. 2014 is a very complete vintage, with ripeness and freshness, elegance and power. This La Dama is a great example of it. They select the wines from stonier vineyards, where the soils are shallower and the mother rock is very close to the surface. These plots tend to produce more austere, mineral and elegant wines, where the chalkiness of the tannins talks about the limestone soils. This has to be among the finest Garnacha produced in Spain. This shows more elegant than any previous years, possibly the best vintage to date. Bravo.