The bouquet consists of mature red berries, with hints of smoke, vanilla, and spice. Well-structured in the mouth, this Crianza is expressive and meaty and possesses a good balance of red fruit and toasted flavors. The tannins are mature and lead to an elegant, long finish. While this wine can be enjoyed now, it will also keep for 5-10 years.
Wine Enthusiast 88 points - Red-berry aromas are earthy, herbal and tomatoey but not green. This feels fair and balanced, with tomato-like acids pushing flavors of red berries, plum and herbs. This finishes with traditional Rioja characteristics of herbs, spice and red fruits along with acidic scour.
Wine Spectator 88 points - This generous red offers ripe plum and chocolate flavors, with toast and tarry notes set on a plump frame. Delivers well-integrated tannins and a smoky finish. Drink now through 2017. -TM
(Jun 15 2014)
Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2009 Crianza is pure Tempranillo from Briones grown on clay-rich soils and has the treatment of a superior wine. It ferments in oak vats and ages in a mixture of French and American oak barrels for 16 months with a further half year resting in bottle before being sold. It displays discrete aromas of red and black fruit, some leather, licorice, Chinese ink and smoke notes. The medium-bodied palate is clean, with fresh flavors of red currants and spices. Very drinkable. Drink 2014-2017.
Wine & Spirits 91 points - Soft and silken, this is a Burgundian style of Rioja, a rich, earthy wine with musky funk to its cherry flavors. There’s tension in the acidity, the wine lasting on a spicy, rooty finish. An old-fashioned Rioja for braised meats.