"Quite commercial, the 2010 Reserva has plenty of lactic notes, aromas of ripe berries and lots of spices and smoke. The palate is quite accessible with fine-grained tannins and good acidity and overall balance. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 218, April 2015), 91 pts
"Deep ruby. Smoke- and mineral-laced red berry compote and cherry-cola on the deeply perfumed nose. Fleshy, sweet and concentrated, offering energetic raspberry and bitter chocolate flavors and an exotic touch of vanilla. Shows excellent clarity and thrust on the long, vibrant finish, which is framed by fine-grained, harmonious tannins. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2015), 92 pts
"The excellence of the 2010 vintage is draped all over this studly Rioja. Earthy aromas of mixed berry fruits and forest floor feed into a saturated but well-balanced palate with firm tannins. Baked black cherry and cassis flavors meander towards a lightly toasted finish with mocha, chocolate and cassis notes. This is outright delicious more than stately or complex. Drink through 2024."
"Even slightly more serious is the 2011 Rioja Reserva, which offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, blackcurrants, black cherries, licorice and tobacco leaf in a well-made, fresh, medium-bodied, dark and seemingly fully mature style. Drink it over the next 3-4 years."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (March 2016), 88 pts - Excellent Wine Values for Under $25
"Brilliant ruby. Oak-accented dark berry, vanilla and candied rose aromas show good clarity and pick up a smoky nuance as the wine opens up. Round and open-knit, offering sweet cherry and blackberry flavors and a hint of coconut. The vanilla and floral notes repeat on a long, gently tannic finish that shows very good focus and no rough edges. - Josh Raynolds"