What an inspiration from the brothers to hold back a quantity of the 2005 vintage and release it ten years later. No further proof of the intrinsic class and age-worthiness of even the “entry level” wine is needed than this startlingly firm and vibrant beauty, which has entered a beguiling middle-age with the promise of very long life ahead. The endless salty finish is alone worth the price of admission.
Grapes: 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)
Aging: 24 months in barrels (French and American oak), 10 years in the bottle before release.
Wine Advocate – “It’s great when wineries can offer mature vintages, as is the case with the 2009 El Pedrosal Reserva, a wine that has rested in bottle since January 2012 and has had time to develop a complex bouquet and polish and resolve its tannins. The nose is reminiscent of truffles and autumn forest, not unlike some mature old Burgundy, with hints of iodine and soy sauce, savory and quite complex. This has aged really well (their wines usually do), and it’s ready for prime-time drinking, but there should be no rush.” (95 Pts)