“There is a similar 2014 Pago de Valdoneje Roble, which has a short élevage in oak ('roble' is the Spanish word for oak), some four months. Time in oak seems to have calmed down the upfront aromas that I find (and love) in the unoaked wine, and has probably lent it some extra tannins. So better wait a little or enjoy with hearty food.”
A more exact and rewarding Cigales red than most. It has a spot of mushroom and roughness to the nose, but the palate is well structured, with plenty of kick and some astringency coming from tannic bite, acidity and secondary oak notes. Traslanzas is not a factory wine and this is a strong effort for 2003, a notoriously hot year. Expect even better in 2004 and 2005.