|91||Vinous Media||Bright ruby-red. Spice-laced raspberry, cherry and potpourri scents are complemented by hints of vanilla and coconut. Sweet, seamless and fleshy on the palate, offering juicy red fruit flavors that deepen and stretch out. 2021- 2026
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
|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
|92||Wine Review Online||Among the current releases from this exemplary producer, this stands with the top-of-the-line 2018 Pago de la Jaraba as wines made for the cellar rather than current consumption, though the remarkably reasonable price of $20 for this could lead you to believe otherwise. It shows notably more weight than the 2016 Reserva and though the wood is still reserved, this is the more taut and uncoiled of the two. It incorporates 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, like the 2016 Reserva, but they are more evident in this wine, whereas the silky, subtle 2016 Reserva could easily pass for a 100% Tempranillo wine. Our back-of-the-house WRO software won’t allow me to give this a score of 92+ to account for the wine’s ability to develop positively from time in bottle, but that potential is evident, so add a plus yourself and keep an eye peeled for this great value when scrutinizing for retail availability.
Michael Franz – March 9, 2021
|91+||View from the Cellar||The cépages of the 2018 Vina Jaraba “Seleccion Especial” is seventy percent tempranillo, twenty percent cabernet sauvignon and ten percent merlot. Half of the cuvee underwent malolactic fermentation in five thousand liter French oak foudres, with the other half undergoing malo in tank. The wine was then blended and aged for one year in casks- fifty percent American oak and fifty percent French in origin. The wine offers up an excellent bouquet of black cherries, dark berries, cigar wrapper, lovely spice tones, a hint of coffee grounds, chalky soil, cedar and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a lovely core of fruit, good soil signature and grip, fine-grained tannins and a long, complex and very well balanced finish. This is a very well-made wine and an excellent value, as it sells for only $20 a bottle here in the US (and probably decidedly less in the EU). Good juice! 2021-2040.
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021
|89||Vinous Media||Deep, vivid magenta. Oak-accented cherry and red currant scents are complemented by hints of licorice and vanilla. Taut and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and red berry flavors and a hint of sweet chewing tobacco. The vanilla note comes back on a long, chewy finish firmed by dusty, slightly rigid tannins. 2022-2027.
Josh Raynolds – July 6, 2021 Central Spain Additions