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2012 Amaren Rioja Crianza - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(aged for a year in a 50/50 mix of new American oak and used French oak barrels) Lurid ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet of red fruit liqueur and potpourri carries suggestions of smoky minerals and oak spices. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering intense black raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a refreshing jolt of white pepper. Rich yet vibrant in style, finishing with supple, late-arriving tannins and a lingering red fruit liqueur note. This sexy wine is pretty delicious already, but it also has the stuffing to age. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (May 2017), 92 pts

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2013 Amaren Rioja Crianza - 91 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Deep ruby. Oak-spiced cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors are complemented by a suggestion of mocha that gains strength as the wine opens up. Plush and seamless in style and showing no rough edges. Rich yet lively; a peppery note adds a spicy kick on the back half. Gentle tannins shape the impressively persistent finish, which leaves a hint of bitter chocolate behind. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (May 2017), 91 pts

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2014 Amaren Rioja Crianza - 90 PTS - WA

wa90"Cropped from a somehow-challenging year, the 2014 Crianza, a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha, aged in new French and American oak barrels for 12 to 14 months. It's clean, aromatic, modern and quite showy. It's approachable and easy, with polished tannins and tasty flavors. 40,000 bottles produced."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #235, February 2018), 90 pts

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2014 Amaren Rioja Crianza - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(aged in a 50/50 blend of new American and used French oak barrels) Lurid violet color. Heady, mineral-tinged red berry preserve, spicecake and lavender pastille aromas are complicated by suggestions of smoky minerals and cola. Offers juicy, sharply focused raspberry, cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors that show impressive depth and turn sweeter with air. The juicy, extremely persistent finish is framed by supple, slow-building tannins that fold quickly into the wine's plush red fruit. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (February 2019), 92 pts

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2015 Amaren Rioja Crianza - 90 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"The nose here is bustling with dark cherries, dark plums, dark chocolate and vanilla. Quite chewy and expansive on the palate, where the bark undertones really come through. Cherries, laden with nuts on the medium finish. Drink in 2021."
- James Suckling (Spain Tasting Report 2019), 90 pts

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