Garnet cherry, with darker hues. Creamy aromas, with sweet notes of strawberry, cream, milk and coffee. There are also some hints of violets, and elegant cedar and graphite for a harmonious balance. An intense wine, fresh and full of flavor, decidedly fresh and fruity, with quality tannin and bold acid fruits. Finally, this develops into toast, cream, caramel, coffee and milk.
"Pure and penetrating, with full berry aromas and power throughout. Tight and generous in the mouth, with nice acidity and structured tannins. Tastes toasty and black, with loads of berry, chocolate and spice flavors. Impressive and big; drink now through 2017."
"The Landaluce family farms 30 hectares of vines, predominantly Tempranillo. The 2005 Capricho de Landaluce was sourced from 80+-year-old Tempranillo vines and fermented and aged for 18 months in 500-liter French oak before bottling without filtration. Purple-colored, it offers up an expressive bouquet of wood smoke, earth notes, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry. On the palate it has layers of ripe black fruit, excellent depth and grip, enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years, and a lengthy finish. It will profit from several additional years of cellaring and will offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2020."
The Wine Advocate
"Saturated ruby. Sexy red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by cola, underbrush and incense. Fleshy and deeply concentrated, offering precise raspberry, blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors, plus a suave undercurrent of vanilla. The oak is completely absorbed by the sweet fruit on the clean, spicy, long finish. I'd like to see this with a few years of age but it would be no crime to drink it now, with a little air."
International Wine Cellar