"Cropped from a ripe vintage, the 2011 Gran Reserva is mostly Tempranillo with 5% Graciano, aged in new French barriques for 12 months followed by a further year in used American oak barrels. It's chewy and juicy, with fruit from a ripe vintage that takes well the long aging in barrel. It's balsamic and spicy, an updated version of a classical Rioja, clean and pleasant. 39,200 bottles produced. - Luis Gutiérrez" - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #235, February 2018), 90 pts
"This is still a comparatively youthful Gran Reserva blend of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano, aged for 24 months in a combination of French and American wood. The fruit quality is excellent here, all black cherry and bramble, with good acidity and palate length a patina of oak spice. 2020-27" - - TIM ATKIN RIOJA 2019 SPECIAL REPORT, February 2019, 92 pts
"(70% new French oak and 30% used American oak) Deep ruby. Dark berries, candied licorice, cola and a spicy suggestion of black pepper on the highly fragrant, oak-spiced nose. Supple and appealingly sweet, offering intense boysenberry and blackberry flavors that are complicated by suggestions of vanilla and floral pastilles. Gently blends power and finesse and finishes very long and smooth, displaying alluring sweetness and subtle, slow-building tannins. - Josh Raynolds" - Antonio Galloni's Vinous (February 2019), 93 pts
"One of the standouts in this report is the 2011 Rioja Gran Reserva, which is primarily Tempranillo blended with 5% Graciano. Aged two years in French and American oak followed by three years in bottle, it has a thrilling bouquet of spiced cherries, cedarwood, licorice, and graphite. Medium to full-bodied, incredibly elegant and seamless, it still has ample fruit and a big mid-palate, all pointing to it evolving gracefully for 15-20 years. Count me in as a fan." - Jeb Dunnuck (March 2019), 95 pts
"A smooth and steady nose on this wine offers round aromas of vanilla, cassis, blackberry and sandalwood. A friendly palate is full and easygoing, with a helping shot of acidity. Dark plum, blackberry and oak-spice flavors finish dry but not drying. Drink now–2025. - MICHAEL SCHACHNER
"Bright ruby-red. Expressive, smoke-accented cherry and blueberry aromas are complicated by floral, vanilla and exotic spice nuances. Sappy, sweet and broad in the mouth, offering lush red and dark berry, licorice and floral pastille flavors that become spicier and livelier as the wine opens up. Shows fine clarity on the long, oak-spiced finish, which is framed by smooth, even tannins - Josh Raynolds"