Intense cherry notes intermixed with notes of cocoa and coffee. A powerful yet refined palate with notes of smoke and juiciness. -Winemaker Notes.
JS 92 James Suckling
Lots of fresh and linear fruit in this crianza with crushed berries and licorice. Medium to full body. Lightly chewy yet polished tannins. Flavorful finish.
WW 92 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The 2016 Sierra Cantabria Crianza commits itself to an excellent persistence and a long finish. TASTING NOTES: This wine delivers black fruit, savory spices, and oak in its aromas and flavors. Pair it with grilled short ribs and roasted Bermuda onions. (Tasted: July 21, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
RP 91 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Crianza is pure Tempranillo from a year they consider spectacular because of the health and ripeness that the grapes achieved very slowly. The destemmed grapes fermented in stainless steel, and the wine matured in French and American oak barrels for 14 months. It is still quite toasty and has a classical profile despite the new-ish oak, a little creamy, with that soft, voluptuous mouthfeel but with the fresh profile of the 2016 vintage, with red rather than black fruit. It's a year of good yields, and the fruit and the wines have very good balance and freshness, less concentrated and more drinkable. It's a year of balance and freshness, with good yields and healthy grapes. It has to be one of the finest vintages for this wine.
WE 91 Wine Enthusiast
Sierra Cantabria 2016 Crianza (Rioja). Smooth, ripe black fruit aromas are earthy and a touch spicy, but mostly just comfortable and clean. On the palate, this crianza narrows a bit and displays a grabby, choppy side. Flavors of spicy plum and berry fruits are dusted with cocoa hints, while this is dry and mildly tannic on the finish. Drink through 2025.
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