92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, November 30, 2017 Firm and balanced, this red has a sleek texture, with restrained but harmonious flavors of black cherry, licorice, mineral and smoke. Well-integrated tannins impart backbone, while balsamic acidity keeps this fresh. Drink now through 2025.
92/100 Punkte James Suckling, July 2017 Lots of blackberries and blueberries and mineral undertones. Some touches of grape skin. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and flavorful finish. Needs a year or two to soften. Drink in 2019.
91/100 Punkte Wine Spectator October 2019 This red is dense yet plush, with blackberry and espresso flavors, accented by licorice, wild herb and mineral notes. Well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity keep this focused. Harmonious, in a savory style. Garnacha, Merlot, Cariñena, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2027.
94/100 Punkte Falstaff okt-nov 2014 Mittleres Mahagoni, grüngelbe Reflexe. Zart nussig unterlegte Holzwürze, zart nach Kräutern und kandierten Orangen, etwas Nougat. Der Wein ist saftig, verfügt über eine samtige Textur, gut eingebundene Süsse und finessenreiche Säure. Gross im Ausdruck.
91/100 Punkte Wines Spectator Oct 31, 2013 Anise, date, orange bitters and toffee notes are nicely melded together, with a slightly sweet edge that carries the fruitcake- and Christmas pudding-framed finish. Drink now.
93/100 Punkte James Suckling July 2019 Impressive blueberry and flinty, graphite-like aromas here with ripe plums, too. The palate has a super smooth, sleek and deliciously juicy feel, delivering plenty of ripe yet fresh blue-fruit flavor. Fine, long tannins. Drink or hold.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2016 The 2015 Planetes de Nin Blanc is a new white here produced with old local varieties, in reality a varietal of the almost nonexistent Cariñena Blanca. They were in search of a local white able to produce a varietal wine with low alcohol and good acidity, so they slowly regrafted almost one hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon from their Les Planetes vineyard with material found in an old vineyard. The whole clusters had a one-day soak, then pressed, then put to ferment with indigenous yeasts and the wine matured in oak barrels for some eight months. The 2015 is a lot more polished and sleek, round and precise, with good volume that somehow hides the minerality. However, there is no track record for this variety, and nobody really knows how the wine is going to evolve. 1,104 bottles were filled in June 2016.
93/100 Punkte Falstaff, Juli 2018 Helles Goldgelb, Silberreflexe. Feine weiße Tropenfrucht, florale Nuancen, ein Hauch von Honig, Nüssen und kandierten Orangenzesten. Komplex, saftig, elegante Textur, angenehme Würze, dezente Süße, gute Frische, etwas Biskuit und Orangen im Abgang, zeigt Länge, ein facettenreicher Speisenbegleiter.
91/100 Punkte Robert Parker April 2018 The blend of the 2012 Terrers is unusually high in Xarello and Parellada, 60% and 7% respectively, with only 33% Macabeo. 2012 was one of the warmest and lower-yielding years in recent times (29 hectoliters per hectare), and they consider it a year apt for long aging. It has great concentration, but at the same time, the wine has higher acidity, which makes it very balanced. It aged sur lie for 56 months before it was disgorged. This is a little more oxidative of the three, with a little more development, more Mediterranean. It's very tasty.
91/100 Punkte Robert Parker, August 2018 The 2016 La Misión shows much fresher, more vibrant and alive, with much better harmony. It has depth and some chalky austerity on the palate, with varietal notes and a dry finish.
92/100 Punkte James Suckling, August 2018 Plenty of blueberry and plum-cake character. Ripe and generous with full, but quite supple tannins for a young Ribera del Duero red. Keeps pumping out the ripe flavors on the fresh and intense finish. Drink or hold.
91/100 Punkte Vinous, Jan 2017 (fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for a year in used French and American oak casks of varying size) Ruby-red. Ripe blueberry, incense and potpourri on the perfumed nose, joined by woodsmoke and allspice nuances that build in the glass. Sweet and seamless in the mouth; intense red and blue fruit liqueur flavors deepen and spread out slowly on the back half. Discreet tannins come in late to shape the long, spice-tinged finish.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker Feb 2019 The nose of the 2015 Lalama reveals a warm and dry year with good ripeness. Yields were also low because they lost some 62% of the grapes to hail, and the wine is concentrated and powerful, quite fruit-driven and expressive, juicy and chewy. It has some spicy and smoky undertones and a dry, long finish. This is a modern and luxurious style of Ribeira Sacra.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker April 2018 Grapes from younger vines are used for the 2016 Les Crestes, which is also released earlier. It's a blend of Garnacha with 20% Cariñena and 10% Syrah matured in second use French oak barrels for eight months. 2016 was a dry growing season saved by a cooler September with some rain, which resulted in a relaxed and long harvest of grapes with good ripeness and acidity. It's young, tender and aromatic, a gentle Priorat with a juicy palate and a fresh personality. Really attractive and pleasant.
93/100 Punkte James Suckling July 2019 This has a deep and dark center palate of ripe yet fresh fruit and lots of spices and smoked meat. Medium to full body. Polished and chewy tannins. Yet focused and vivid. Needs two or three years of bottle age. But all there. Try after 2021.
91/100 Punkte Robert Parker June 2019 There is a new red from the village of Villabuena de Álava, a warmer place that tends to deliver more Mediterranean wines than the cooler Rivas de Tereso, and the wines are gentler and rounder, with a touch of aromatic herbs. The 2016 Raposo is the first vintage produced from some old plots planted with old vines, Tempranillo with intense flavors (the old vines have other grapes, but they represent a very small percentage) fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in 3,000-liter oak vats for some 12 months.
92/100 Punkte Vinous Feb 2019 (raised in large, used French oak barrels) Deep, lurid ruby color. An expansive, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, baking spices, tobacco and potpourri and smoky minerals, with a hint of licorice in the background. Sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering concentrated raspberry, cherry-cola and spicecake flavors that are underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Smooth, even tannins build slowly on the impressively long finish, which strongly echoes the red fruit and floral notes.
93/100 Punkte James Suckling August 2018 Plenty of spicy saffron and clove aromas hover over ripe red plums and mulberries. The palate has nice fruit-focus and depth with good tannin-weight and detail. Drink or hold.