90/100 Punkte James Suckling August 2018 The full, plum-cake nose and the supple and slightly sweet palate make this easy to drink, but there is some structure behind all that and the finish is well balanced and quite long.
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.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2016 The eponymous 2014 Exopto has an unusual blend, as it's mostly Graciano with 30% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha. Sometimes Graciano does not ripen properly in cool vintages, so this cuvée was not produced in 2013. In 2014 they did a green harvest and lowered the yields to ensure proper ripening, even in a late and cooler vintage. It fermented in 1,500-liter oak vats with malolactic in barrel the following spring. The upbringing was in 50% new French oak barrels and lasted 18 months, the first six of which with the fine lees, which were not stirred. They managed a good ripening, harvesting quite late into early October. This wine mixes grapes from the warmer and cooler zones of Rioja, so it mixes the characters with focus in the Graciano. It is balsamic and aromatic, with aromas of peppercorns and a core of black fruit. The palate is serious, with depth and silkiness, as well as polished tannins; it is ready for a long life ahead. It could be d
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker Feb 2018 The eponymous red 2015 Exopto is an atypical blend of 70% Graciano from the south, a grape that can keep very good acidity and ripens nicely in warmer vintages (like 2015) and 30% Tempranillo from old vines. In previous vintages, the wine had less Graciano and some 10% Garnacha, but they didn't like what the Garnacha did to the blend in 2015, so they left it out for the first time ever. It fermented in 1,500-liter oak vats with indigenous yeasts, daily pigéage and malolactic in barrel in the spring. The wine matured in 225- and 500-liter oak casks, and they have reduced the new oak to some 30%. Even though they have reduced the new oak and gone for larger volumes, it's still a little marked by the oak and might need some more time in bottle to finish integrating, because there is very nice stuffing here. It has very healthy acidity that should help it develop nicely in bottle. This is elegant and open, less stressed by tannins, within the power
91/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Sept 2018 A silkiness masks depth and density in this polished red. Cherry and berry flavors are ripe and juicy, backed by vanilla, spice and floral notes. Well-integrated tannins keep this focused through the toasty finish. Drink now through 2026.
94/100 Punkte James Suckling August 2018 Offers some riper fruits, in the prune and plum-paste zone, with a hint of black tea and some tarry flourishes. The palate has cool, sleek flavors of dark-fruit and licorice, supple tannins and a long, smooth finish. Seamless. Drink or hold.
92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Mar 31, 2018 Mountain herb and loamy earth notes frame the core of black cherry, espresso and mineral flavors in this focused red. The texture is plush yet fresh, with tangerine acidity and light, firm tannins. Carignan and Garnacha. Drink now through 2025.
90/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 2017 The 2016 La Zarcita is a blend of Trincadeira Preta, Touriga Nacional and Garnacha Tintorera grapes from limestone, clay and sand soils. In 2015 they also planted red Garnacha with the idea to include it in future vintages of this blend. There was more rain than average in 2016, and that allowed the ripening cycle to be longer, which is something really good in a region like this. It fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts followed by malolactic and eight months in new and second use 500-liter French oak barrels. It's very floral and perfumed, with a captivating nose. It's still a straightforward red but with more depth than in previous vintages and especially great freshness. 2016 seems like a very good vintage in the zone. The palate is approachable and soft, with very good acidity. And it's a bargain! 30,000 bottles produced.
92+/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2017 The grapes from the older vineyards are selected to produce the red cuvée 2013 Lacima, which is from different vineyards and with a breakdown of approximately 75% Mencía, 20% Brancellao, 3% Mouratón and 2% Sousón. It fermented in open top 500-liter French oak barrels with indigenous yeasts and punching down of the cap and then was transferred to 300-liter barriques for malolactic and 16 months aging. The élevage was completed with a further five months in one 3,500-liter oak vat. It felt riper and oakier than the Lalama#a constant across vintages#with spices, toast and smoke intermixed with darker cherry flavors. The palate is medium-bodied, with more weight and denser, keeping its poise and balance, with some dusty tannins and oak-related flavors in the finish. It might need some more time in bottle to better integrate the effect of the élevage. 4,600 bottles produced. It's been in bottle since 2015.
18.5 Punkte Vinum Mai 2017 Hierfür wurden 50 bis 100 Jahre alte Mencia-Stücke von sandigem Boden mit einem Zehntel Brancellao assembliert. Duftet sehr intensiv nach frischen Erd- und Himbeeren, Gewürzen und Tabak. Köstliche Frucht am Gaumen, komplex, mineralisch, sehr lang und elegant. 2017 bis 2033.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2017 A champion in quality-to-price ratio, the red 2013 Lalama wants to replicate the traditional wine produced as a field blend that is mostly Mencía with some 10% a myriad other varieties#Brancellao, Mouratón, Sousón and Garnacha Tintorera#from many different vineyards on different soils, altitudes and expositions. The destemmed and crushed grapes fermented in 2500-3500 and 4500-liter oak vats with indigenous yeasts followed by malolactic in 300-liter barriques where it was kept for 13 months followed by a further seven months in oak vat. It has an explosive and captivating nose, an explosion of wild berries and herbs, with just a creamy touch and some spices. It's redolent of acid berries, with an electric-like sensation in the palate revealing great freshness, focused flavors, very fine tannins and a clean, long and refreshing finish. This is plain delicious<(>,<)> the best Lalama I remember. 65'0 00 bottles produced. This combines quality, p
91/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2017 Including the 2015 Los Acilates, I had two vintages to taste of the single-vineyard red that comes from a plot that is different than the rest of the estate. It's a north-facing, steep slope rich in limestone and was planted with well-adapted Portuguese grapes#Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira Preta#in 2003. Not as hot as 2014 but still a warm and dry vintage, 2015 saw an early harvest with very healthy grapes. The grapes fermented in concrete tanks with indigenous yeasts, followed by malolactic in barrique. The wine matured in well-seasoned small 500-liter French oak foudres for 12 months (they have shortened the oak aging of this wine). This is the finest vintage of this bottling I've tried so far; it has very good balance and a mixture of red and black berry fruit and floral undertones. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. Amazing for the zone and for a vintage like 2015. I really believe in these grapes here. 7'000 bot
93/100 Punkte James Suckling July 2018 Aromas of blueberries, dark plums and dark chocolate. Hints of violets too. Full body, round and compact tannins and a linear and vertical finish. Drink now or hold.