Issue 243 End of June 2019, The Wine Advocate | 28th Jun 2019 | Luis Gutiérrez
The Gran Reserva ages for longer before it's released, and the current vintage is the 2009 Gran Reserva, which contains 2% Graciano but is mostly Tempranillo. It matured in American oak barrels for 26 months. The 2009 is a warm and ripe vintage and has more black fruit than red and is very spicy, with notes of licorice. It feels a little reductive but benefits from time in the glass, where it develops more and more notes of aromatic herbs and its balsamic side of cigar ash and incense. It's medium to full-bodied with tannins that are mostly resolved, polished and soft, with moderate acidity. A clean, classical Gran Reserva at a very good price.