|90||International Wine Report||The 2015 Viña Jaraba Crianza opens with deep dark currant with tobacco leaf and earthy undertones that round out the beautiful aromatics in the glass. The palate has wonderful freshness and verve, delivering ripe red raspberry cordial, tobacco leaf and milk chocolate flavors while remaing well balanced through the finish. 2019-2025
|90||View from the Cellar||The 2015 Viña Jaraba Crianza is made from the same blend as the 2016 Cosecha (eighty percent tempranillo and ten percent each of cabernet and merlot), but it spends double the time in barrel- eight months- prior to racking. Again, the casks are a mix of French and American oak. The longer sojourn in barrel has given the wine a bit more refinement on the nose, which wafts from the glass in a classy mix of red and black cherries, a nice touch of tempranillo spice elements, lovely soil, woodsmoke and a bit of cedary oak in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish and nascently complex, with a good core, fine focus and grip, a bit more tannin than the Cosecha bottling and lovely precision on the long finish. This is a very good bottle and again, an excellent value, as it retails here in the states for all of thirteen dollars per bottle! 2018-2030.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|90||Vinous Media||Light red. Spice-accented red currant and cherry on the nose; a floral quality emerges as the wine opens up. Appealingly sweet red berry and rose pastille flavors show good concentration, and a spine of juicy acidity adds support and lift. Aeration brings up deeper blackberry and licorice notes that linger on the long, gently tannic finish. 2021- 2025
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
|91||Wine Review Online||This is among the most complex wines I’ve tasted in this below-$15 price range I have tasted for quite some time, and though I really admire the 2019 Cosecha release from this producer, you’d be well advised to pay $2 more for this. (However, any particular retailer is likely to have only one or the other in inventory, so if you see either of them, just grab, pay and run, gratefully.) This shows just enough oak influence to provide some spice notes and firm up the finish with a little grip, yet the wine is definitely not overtly oaky (as the legal term “Crianza” might make you fear, based on the style of many inexpensive Rioja wines). The eight-month span in oak barrels actually seems to have had more influence due to oxygen interchange than outright wood flavoring, which suits me just fine. Though there’s less annoying oak in this than comparably-priced Rioja, that’s partly because the wine has more body and fruit, thanks to a warmer climate and 10% each of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Excellent period, and amazing for the price.
Michael Franz – March 9, 2021
|89||View from the Cellar||The Vina Jaraba “Crianza” from Pago de La Jaraba is made from the same cépages as the Cosecha bottling and given eight months in cask prior to bottling, rather than the four months of the other cuvee. It is then given some bottle aging in the cellars prior to release, so that the 2017 is the new release in the market. The wine delivers a fine nose of desiccated dark berries and black cherries, clove-like spice tones, cigar wrapper, excellent soil tones and an understated framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and velvety on the attack, with a good core of fruit, fine soil undertow and grip, buried tannins and a long, complex and very nicely balanced finish. There is just a whisper of raisin tones on the backend, but this is far more understated than in the 2019 Cosecha and here just adds a bit more complexity, rather than defining the personality of the wine. This is a very well-made wine and another outstanding value, as this retails in the US at $14 per bottle! 2021-2032.
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021