The 2009 Alvarez de Toledo was bottled just a week before the wine was presented but seems to be showing no symptoms of distress. Balsamic, leather, and black fruits are the principal notes struck by this suave effort that over-delivers in a big way. Like its older sibling, it can be enjoyed now but will have more to say in 2-3 years.
91 Points Wine Advocate
Deep ruby. Assertive cherry and raspberry aromas, with an earthy mineral nuance coming up with air. Velvety in texture and appealingly sweet, offering lively red fruit and floral flavors with a touch of bitter chocolate. Closes with impressive clarity and energy, leaving juicy raspberry and floral pastille notes behind. The bang for the buck here is ridiculous.
90 Points Stephen Tanzer