“The Reserva is predominantly Tempranillo aged in French and American oak for 18 months. The wine shows spicy, herbal and dark cherry aromas that carry over flavorwise. It has moderate concentration, a chalky, somewhat dry mouth feel, and very good length.”
"This has some punch and character. It feels fresh, lean and narrow, with a traditional Rioja mix of herb-influenced red-fruit and dry spice notes. The mild finish offers tobacco and raspberry flavors.”
DAILY PICK: "Toasty and smoky aromas give way to flavors of black cherry, espresso and licorice in this focused red. Light, firm tannins and lively acidity give structure to the supple, polished texture. Not big, but expressive."
The 2006 Reserva is a Tempranillo with a 10% field blend and sees 18 months aging in French and American oak. It has a broody bouquet of dark cherries, licorice and plum jam laced with cocoa and a touch of mint. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, tensile tannins and a silky smooth finish that leads with a citric edge, followed by wild strawberry and tart red cherries.
The 2006 La Bastida Crianza is 100% Tempranillo aged for 12 months in American oak barriques. Deep crimson-colored, it delivers an already complex nose of spice box, pencil lead, tobacco, and black cherry. With some elegance on the palate along with some ripe, underlying tannin, this savory Rioja should evolve for another 1-2 years. It will offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2018.