|91||International Wine Review||A blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot barrel fermented in large oak vats and the remainder in small inox tanks. Aged 12 months in French and American oak. This is a meaty, rich tasting wine, soft on the attack with dark red richly flavored fruit. Rather ripe with medium acidity and a long finish.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
|90||International Wine Report||This deeply hued La Mancha wine opens with suggestions of blackberry cordial that mingle with the lovely earthy tones on the nose. The palate is deep and generous, delivering a soft texture. Tar and mocha flavors collide with minerals on the palate. Enjoy this great value wine in the short-term. 2019-2025
|88+||View from the Cellar||The cépages for the 2015 Viña Jaraba “Selección Especial” is slightly different from the Crianza, as this is seventy percent tempranillo, ten percent merlot and twenty percent cabernet sauvignon. The wine is again raised in a combination of French and American barrels, this time for a period of twelve months. Happily, the wine comes in at the same civilized octane of 13.5 percent as the Crianza in this vintage and delivers a fine aromatic constellation of black cherries, dark berries, a bit of saddle leather, cigar wrapper, soil tones and a nice touch of smoky oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely focused, with a good core, fine-grained tannins and very good length and grip on the quite refined finish. There is a bit of brett here that may scare away some folks (though certainly less than many a vintage of Beaucastel back in the day), but there is fine depth and complexity here as well. 2020-2040.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018