|92||View from the Cellar||The 2014 Pago De La Jaraba is made from the same cépages as the Selección Especial, with the malolactic done entirely in new French barricas and the wine then aged in a mix of French and American barrels for ten months. Not surprisingly, the wine is a bit oakier on the nose than these other bottlings, but it is well done and nicely integrated into both the nose and palate. The bouquet offers up a very fine mix of black plums, black cherries, cigar wrapper, a gentle touch of spice, good soil tones and a nice base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite elegant in profile, with a good core, impressive nascent complexity and a long, well-balanced and moderately tannic finish. This needs a few years for the tannins to soften (and the bit of oak tannin here to be absorbed more completely), but all of the constituent components are in place and this will be a serious wine when it is ready to drink. 2022-2045.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|92||Vinous Media||Deep garnet. High-toned cherry and red currant aromas pick up hints of cured tobacco, licorice and potpourri with air. Juicy, focused and lithe on the palate, offering appealingly sweet red fruit and floral pastille flavors sharpened by a peppery nuance and a touch of smoky minerality. Fine-grained tannins come in slowly on a long, smooth finish that strongly echoes the floral note. 2021- 2026
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
|90||International Wine Review||A blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, this semi-opaque bottling offers forest floor, soy and lead pencil on the nose. It is soft on the attack with considerably better density than the preceding wines with notes of red fruit.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
|90||Wine Review Online||This is a relatively high-end wine from La Mancha, which hasn’t traditionally been known as a prominent source for fine wines. Examples such as this may change that, as this shows quite open, engaging flavors, tastefully subtle oak, soft but notable tannic structure, and very good overall proportionality and balance. The blend is 70% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. This blend of Spanish and French varieties works very well, showing open flavors (mostly black in fruit tone, but with a thin red streak also), fine-grained tannin, a bit of spice, and a relatively soft finish that will enable this to work well for sipping purposes while also doing well with food.
Michael Franz - October 30, 2018
|95||Wine Review Online||I wouldn’t blame you a bit if you thought I’d lost my mind for according 95 points for a $29 dollar wine. In fact, that isn’t where I started, initially scoring this at 93 when lining it up against the other current releases from this house, but it was quite significantly better when I checked the bottle (which was left uncorked on my tasting bench) again the next day, and on the day after that it was better still. Trust me — that is a rare occurrence. Once its charms had fully unfolded, the wine displayed perfectly integrated oak that offered spicy, toast accents to a core of fruit that was pure and fresh but also alluringly savory notes. The proportionality of the wine’s structural components is essentially perfect: Acid, fruit, tannin and wood are all evident but so well swirled together by the time the wine is fully aerated that none of them stick out, even in the finish, which is impressively long and symmetrical. Seriously impressive juice at a seriously attractive price.
Michael Franz – April 27, 2021
|90||View from the Cellar||The 2018 Pago de la Jaraba Tinto is composed of a blend of seventy percent tempranillo, twenty percent cabernet sauvignon and ten percent merlot. It is aged for one year in all new French oak barrels prior to bottling and comes in at 13.5 percent octane in this vintage. The wine offers up a fine bouquet of red and black cherries, La Mancha spice tones, a fine base of soil, cedary wood and a topnote of cigar smoke. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and nascently complex, with a good core, fine soil signature, moderate tannins and a long, very nicely balanced finish. For many years, I have thought of La Mancha as the D.O. with the most similarities to Rioja and this wine certainly shows this to quite a degree. This is approachable today, but will be even better with a bit of bottle age. Fine juice and an excellent value! 2020-2035+.
Issue #86 - March/April 2020