[T]he 2001 Reserva Especial Manuel Quintano is produced from 100% Tempranillo from the winery's oldest vines and aged for 3 years in American oak. Purple-colored, it has an expressive bouquet of violets, cedar, pencil lead, blackberry, and licorice. This leads to a full-bodied, layered, structured wine with lots of spicy fruit and enough tannin to support 3-5 years of aging in the cellar. It will enter its peak drinking window in 2013 and maintain at that level through 2025.
This wine feels potent, wound around intense spice and smoke. The spices unravel in the finish, extremely long on flavors of cedar, cherry and wood smoke. The blast of tannin is very Spanish, in a hearty Hemmingway sort of way.
A swaggering, slightly traditional holdover from the amazing 2001 vintage. This wine delivers cumin, pepper, turned earth and vanilla-infused berry aromas in front of a juicy, forward, complex palate featuring prime red-berry flavors along with hints of red pepper flake and tobacco. It still shows ample oak and vanilla but the fruit quality, tannins and structure can handle it.