Vinous - "The Many Facets of Rioja," November 2015 - Josh Raynolds

 

honoratus aurum blanco crianza 2008 - vinaspral - 90 points

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"Bright yellow. Complex aromas of dried citrus and pit fruits, with succulent herbal and floral notes building with air. Fleshy and dry, offering concentrated lemon and peach flavors and a suggestion of bitter quinine. This weighty, classically dry wine finishes with strong finishing thrust and length and lingering mineral and floral qualities." 

-Josh Raynolds, Vinous

 

 

Maisulan 6 2012 - Vinaspral - 90 points

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"Vivid ruby. Smoky dark berries, licorice and pungent flowers on the assertively perfumed nose. Juicy, spicy and focused, offering bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors that deepen and spread out with aeration. Concentrated but lively, with very good finishing thrust and length, supple tannins and repeating smokiness."

-Josh Raynolds, Vinous

MAISULAN CRIANZA 2012 - VINASPRAL - 91 POINTS

"Glass-staining ruby. Deep, smoky and spicy on the nose, displaying powerful dark berry and cherry pit scents and suggestions of licorice and cracked pepper. Chewy and sharply focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and candied violet flavors that deepen and spread out with aeration. Hints of olive and floral pastilles linger on a long, youthfully tannic finish that's given cut by a jolt of tangy acidity."

-Josh Raynolds, Vinous

 

MAISULAN SOBREMORO - VINASPRAL - 93 POINTS

"Deep ruby. Intensely perfumed scents of cherry, potpourri and incense, with an intense mineral overtone. Juicy, focused and energetic, offering concentrated black raspberry and cherry compote flavors enlivened by zesty acidity and peppery nuance. A sweet, focused and strikingly persistent finish features smooth tannins, subtle oak spices and powerful floral pastille echo."

-Josh Raynolds, Vinous

 

Maisulan Los Lagos - vinaspral - 92 points

"Opaque ruby. Smoke- and mineral-accented cherry and blackberry scents show excellent clarity and are complemented by a suave floral nuance. Sappy, penetrating and spicy on the palate, offering bitter cherry and lavender pastille flavors that deepen and become sweeter with air. Shows strong thrust and persistence on the long, incisive finish, which features dusty tannins and a subtle touch of dark chocolate."

-Josh Raynolds, Vinous