Sierra Cantabria Gran Reserva 2008
Wine AdvocateThe 2008 Gran Reserva has been in bottle since 2011, so it's quite polished and developed. It's mostly Tempranillo with a 2% pinch of Graciano from vines over 30 years old in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, fermented at controlled temperatures and matured in American oak barrels for 26 months. It was a cold and wet vintage, and at this stage in its development, the wine shows very strong smoky aromas, toast and charred oak. At almost age ten, the fruit is fading into the background and there is more aromatic complexity. The palate shows very good freshness, with some acidity still noticeable from the vintage conditions and also from their use of higher-altitude vineyards for this bottling.
Wine EnthusiastEarthy plum and berry aromas open this firm gran reserva from a cold vintage. This wine is chunky on the palate, with scraping tannins. Rooty, meaty berry and cinnamon flavors are slightly stewed, while this is long but hollow on the finish. Drink through 2026.
Wine SpectatorEarthy and tarry notes give this firm red an austere character. Shows concentration, and balsamic acidity imparts lift. There's a core of plum fruit, but this remains savory in style. Drink now through 2020.