A cuvée of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. From the Navarra region, which borders directly on Rioja and is located to the northeast.
The colour is a deep ruby red with a brick red rim. The nose is spicy and somewhat smoky, with dark berries, sweet vanilla and mint. Blackcurrants on the palate. In addition, an opulent sweetness, but also notes of iron and pepper. The tannins are well integrated and relatively soft in the 2016 at this point.
Overall, an accessible wine and food companion at a budget-friendly price.
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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Sunday, 11 June 2023.
85Wines that have a DM84 to DM86 rating are average on a fine wine level. That means the wines have been produced well, they have no apparent flaws or big imbalances that would put me off. On the other hand, they lack features that make them stand out in a positive way, such as a complex flavour profile or a very elegant tannin structure. Put differently, if offered a glass, I will gladly drink it. I might even have another one. Would I buy a bottle from this category for my own cellar? I might, yes. For example, wines with a DM84 to DM86 rating are usually not too demanding, so they can be a good fit for guests who are beginners to fine wine or very casual drinkers. In the WSET world, wines with a DM85 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 1.5 WSET score./ 100
1.5Wines with a 1.5 WSET rating are in between 'average' and 'good' in the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a WSET score of 1.5 usually get around 85 to 86 DM points./ 4.0
2Wines with a rating of 2 stars are well-made and of average quality relative to their peer group. Perfectly enjoyable and certainly not disappointing./ 5
Jasper Morris of InsideBurgundy.com inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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