|Gold Medal||Mundus Vini||Mundus Vini - GOLD
23rd Grand International Wine Award - 2018
|93||JamesSuckling.com||An array of ripe black cherries and berries here with violets, pomegranate and plenty of cedary oak. The palate delivers a very nicely composed, concentrated and seamless array of black-cherry flavor. The tannins are really soaked in fruit. Great depth here. Drink in 2020.
|93||Vinous Media||(fermentation and malo in 800 liter French oak barrels and aging for 14 months in new French oak barriques) Lurid ruby. Powerful aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, vanilla, incense and potpourri are complicated by a smoky mineral flourish. Broad, fleshy and appealingly sweet, offering palate-staining boysenberry and cherry-vanilla flavors that firm up slowly on the back half. Rich yet vibrant in style, with excellent finishing clarity and smooth, even tannins arriving late to frame the wine's lush, sweet fruit.
2022 - 2032
"Rioja Looks Back and Ahead" - February 21, 2019
|92+||View from the Cellar||The 2015 Rioja Tinto from Casa La Rad is produced from forty year-old bush vines in the La Rad vineyard, with the cépages ending up forty percent each of Tempranillo and Garnacha, ten percent Graciano and ten percent Maturana. The wine undergoes malo in eight hundred liter oak barrels and this is aged in all new French barricas for fourteen months prior to bottling. The 2015 comes in at fourteen percent alcohol and delivers a deep and serious bouquet of red and black cherries, cigar smoke, Rioja spice tones redolent of cloves and nutmeg, a fine base of soil and a very suave, understated framing of nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and nicely light on its feet, with a good core, lovely focus and grip, plenty of complexity and a long, moderately tannic and quite promising finish. The new oak is a bit more evident on the palate than it is on the nose today, but there seems to be sufficient stuffing to absorb the wood nicely with a bit of cellaring. This is a young and very good bottle of Rioja in the making, but it will need at least four or five years in the cellar to start to blossom properly. Fine juice. 2023-2050+.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|91||Wine Align Canada||After significant aeration, this red from mostly old vines over 35 years old begins to unfold its impressive fruit component, dark, savoury and spicy, with significant extract and density. The palate is tightly packed and well-balanced, full-bodied (14% alcohol declared), with excellent length. Carefully crafted, premium wine, best after 2020 for more complexity and polished textured, or hold into the late '20s without a stretch.
Tasted May 2018; John Szabo, MS
|90||Wine Align Canada||This is a fullbodied bold red with a nose of black and red cherry fruit with well integrated oak spice. The palate is well balanced by soft acidity and fine tannin. Very good length. Very classy with great aging potential. Best 2018 to 2028.
Tasted May 2018; Steve Thurlow
|90||International Wine Review||The Casa La Rad Tinto is an attractive blend of 40%Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha, 10% Maturana, and 10% Graciano sourced from 40+ year old bush vines in the La Rad Vineyard. Fermented in large (800L)oak vessels and aged 14 months in new French oak barrels. It displays dark red fruit and toast on the nose. Big and soft on the palate with good depth of flavor, density and richness. Finishes with firm tannins andme astringency.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
|92||Tim Atkin MW||The 80% new wood is quite noticeable on this cuvée of Tempranillo with Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Graciano and Maturana Tinta, but there's more than enough structure, fruit concentration and weight to cope. Serious, sappy and aromatic, it has cassis, plum and blackberry fruit and a herbal undertone. 2021-26.
Rioja 2020 Special Report; February 2020
|92||View from the Cellar||The 2016 Casa La Rad bottling of Rioja Tinto is produced from a fairly unique cépages of forty percent each of Tempranillo and Garnacha and ten percent each of Graciano and Maturana. It is a single vineyard bottling from the eponymous Casa La Rad vineyard, with the wine barrel-fermented and aged in new French casks for fourteen months prior to bottling. The wine offers up a youthful and very promising bouquet of raspberries, cherries, cloves, a touch of garrigue, cigar wrapper, good soil tones and cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, ripe and complex, with a full-bodied format, an excellent core of fruit, fine soil signature and a long, ripely tannic and spicy finish. This comes in listed at fourteen percent octane, but seems just a touch riper to my palate, but it is well-balanced and should blossom with bottle age into a very serious wine! 2026-2055+.
Issue #86 - March/April 2020