Senorio de San Vicente Tempranillo 2018

Critical Acclaim: 94 pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate; 94 pts Vinous; 93 pts Jeb Dunnuck; 93 pts Wine Enthusiast; 93 pts James Suckling; 92 pts Wine Spectator. 

Tasting Notes: "2018 was a cooler year with rain during the harvest that made the grapes larger, and the 2018 San Vicente shows more fluid, a little lighter and with more polished tannins, a little more austere and less exuberant than the 2019 I tasted next to it. The wines reflect the natural conditions of the year, as the vinification (destemmed in oak vats) and élevage (20 months in new barrels) were the same."- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. 

"Inky ruby. Powerful, oak-spiced cherry cola, blackberry, potpourri and vanilla scents show sharp definition and pick up a smoky aspect with air. Seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering intense red and dark fruit, floral pastille and mocha flavors and a touch of exotic spices. Shows excellent focus and spicy drive on a long, supple finish framed by finely interwoven tannins. All new oak, 90% French and 10% American."- Vinous. 

"The 2018 San Vicente is 100% Tempranillo Peludo. It's another deep purple-hued, incredibly impressive Rioja offering brilliant purity in its cassis and currant fruit as well as notes of spicy wood, licorice, tobacco leaf, and chocolaty aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, this elegant, balanced, pure, graceful Rioja will keep for a decade."- Jeb Dunnuck. 

"Dark red-violet to the eye, this wine has a bouquet of black currant, vanilla and clove. It offers a medley of fruit and savory flavors, with blackberry, pomegranate, tobacco leaf, dark chocolate and coffee bean in the mix. Deep-seated tannins make way for an orange-zest finish."- Wine Enthusiast. 

"Fresh raspberries, blueberries, violets, stones, tar and rosemary on the nose. Some licorice and cloves. Full-bodied with supple tannins and fresh acidity. Lovely, velvety texture. Creamy finish. Tempranillo. Drink from 2022."- James Suckling. 

"Silky tannins encase concentrated layers of plum, graphite and cola in this open-knit red, with cherry, spice and tea notes cascading onto the lingering finish. Drink now through 2030."- Wine Spectator. 

Varietal: Tempranillo. 

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