91pts Jeb Dunnuck
A blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano, the 2017 Vinas Viejas gives up a clean, classic bouquet of blackberries, graphite, violets, and cedary herbs. With medium-bodied richness, notable elegance, and ripe tannins, it’s another smoking value in Eric Solomon’s portfolio.
A dense ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of lead pencil shavings, blackcurrants, spice box, cedar and a touch of vanilla. Deep, medium to full-bodied and elegant yet suave, savory and expansive, this beautiful red is a perfect synthesis of the traditional and more progressive style of Rioja.
Blend: Tempranillo with up to 15% Graciano