A deep, opaque cherry color, with strong purple hues. The nose has a very high fruit intensity of blackberries, raspberries, blackberries and black licorice, which are combined with roasted and spicy flavors typical of aging in French oak. On the palate, it is very fleshy and dense, very broad. It has balanced acidity, soft tannins and long, fruity and spicy finish. A treat to the palate and the senses... In short, a sip of Ribera del Duero.
"Another knock-out offering from a winery founded in 2010, with some vineyards dating back to 1900, the 2011 Las Claras was aged in French oak, most of it new, for eight months prior to bottling. This fabulous bargain over-delivers in every sense. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by abundant notes of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, espresso roast and creme de cassis. This modern-styled Spanish, super-rich, intense red takes ripeness to the limit."
The Wine Advocate
"(fermented in stainless steel, the transferred to new French oak for malo and eight months of aging): Opaque purple. Seductively perfumed aromas of blackberry and cassis, cured tobacco and minerals, with a mounting vanilla quality. Lively, mineral-accented black and blue fruit flavors are firmed by youthful tannins and given lift by strong peppery spices. The tannins add shape and grip to the impressively long finish. Give this baby of a wine at least another year of bottle age."
International Wine Cellar
Big & Bold
Huge, brooding, earthy, spicy, young. Needs time but I think this will get better and better with a year or two, and has the body and tannins to continue to improve for several years. The bottles I have had have thrown a lot of sediment, something I always like to see. And, a great price.
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