92/100 Punkte Robert Parker Jun 2015 Finally, the single-vineyard, crown jewel that is a blend of 93% Cariñena, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Garnacha, the 2012 Vall Llach Mas de la Rosa seems to have taken the heat of the vintage much better. Although ripe, it's not overripe, and there are floral notes reminiscent of violets, plenty of spicy/smoky aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and cloves and some slate, peat and graphite reminiscences. Not as massive as you'd think (unless we talk about the huge, over-sized bottles...), it's actually elegant within its style, and compared with its siblings, the tannins are well-coated with juicy fruit and the glycerin from the alcohol. It ends long and relatively warm. This has better balance within the powerful, rice and generously-oaked style. 1,542 bottles produced.
95/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, Sept 30, 2015 Rich and polished, this plush red delivers a mouthful of blackberry, licorice, creamy vanilla and baking spice flavors, with well-integrated tannins and gentle but bright acidity. Floral, orange peel and mineral notes linger on the long, juicy finish. Drink now through 2022.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2016 The grand vin here is the 2013 Vall Llach Mas de la Rosa, which is from an ancient vineyard with a 70% slope on llicorella slate planted with Cariñena. They used 5% stems for the fermentation in 225- and 500-liter barriques and stainless steel with indigenous yeasts after a three-day cold soak. It underwent 17-19 days of fermentation with daily punching down of the cap and a post fermentative maceration of 12 days. The wine matured in new 225- and 300-liter French oak barrels for some 16 months. There's obviously superb fruit in here, but the extreme ripeness of the fruit and the creamy oak kind of hide the character of the wine. Having said that, I have noticed much better freshness in all these 2013s, and even some floral aromas fighting to come to the surface. This is a huge, bodybuilder of a wine in an XXL style. I have the feeling the fruit is capable of producing something a lot more elegant. This is very good in its style.
95/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Sep 30, 2018 This powerful red shows depth and harmony. The thick texture is supported by well-integrated tannins, delivering cassis, kirsch, menthol and cola flavors. Herbal and meaty notes add a savory element. You might call this Priorat on steroids, but this remains balanced and fresh. Drink now through 2033.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker Feb 2017 The 2014 Victorino was also bottled and ready for tasting. 2014 was harvested earlier than 2013, it was more of a 'normal' year and the gapes were picked between September 12th and 29th, with slightly higher yields at 16.5 hectoliters per hectare. The aging was shortened to 18 months, still in 100% new French oak barrels, where the wine also went through malolactic fermentation and was racked every four months. They also consider 2014 a cool vintage for the region, but clearly a tad riper than 2013. The fruit gravitates a little towards black fruit, quite spectacular and focused, with nicely integrated spices from the élevage. The palate is medium to full-bodied with fine-grained tannins, perhaps coated by glossier fruit that give it a little more volume. This is accessible already, but should improve in bottle.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker Aug 2014 The 2011 Victorino is produced with Tempranillo grapes from 35 hectares of ungrafted, old vineyards in the villages of Valdefinjas, Toro and Villabuena del Puente, which fermented with yeasts selected from their own vineyards and aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months. This is the fruitier and more approachable of the three wines I tasted from them, with aromas of clean, ripe, terse fruit, with hints of violets and a pinch of spices mixed with echoes from the soil. The palate is full-bodied, with glossy tannins, dense and ripe, with very good acidity, balanced and elegant. It#s approachable, but should develop more complexity with time in the bottle. Drink 2014-2019.