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2014 El Principal Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250"El Principal comes from the estate's oldest vines, planted in 1993. It's cabernet sauvignon (90 percent) blended with petit verdot and syrah, opulent and richly saturated. While the initial impression is all berries, plums and chocolate-covered cherries, the structure emerges with air, revealing a cool savor to the tannins, zesty, firm and built to age."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (June 2019), 92 pts

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2014 El Principal Cabernet Sauvignon - 92+ PTS - WA

wa92"The blend of the 2014 El Principal Andetelmo varied slightly, to 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Syrah, and the amount of new oak lowered slightly, to 65% new (instead of 70%). There's more difference here between 2013 and 2014 than in the Memorias, and even if this feels riper, it also feels very complete and balanced, powerful but with the ingredients to develop nicely in bottle. For comparison, I tasted the 2001, which is a very good vintage in the zone even if then the wines were riper and oakier; the wine is still very much alive and kicking. So, there's no reason why this 2014 shouldn't develop in a similar fashion. As I saw with the Memorias, the two vintages have a similar quality, but today I'd give the edge to the 2013 because of the freshness. 12,500 bottles were filled in February 2016. - Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #230, April 2017), 92+ pts

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