The plush texture carries lively flavors of cherry, toasty vanilla, cola and balsamic, with light but firm tannins and racy acidity. A tarry, earthy note adds depth. Drink now through 2015. 4,000 cases imported
87 Points Wine Spectator
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
Base notes of chocolate and coffee liqueur enrich smoke, tea leaf, roasted plum and black currant candy flavors in this well-honed red, while a supple juiciness and a hint of dried mint linger on the finish. Teroldego, Lagrein and Merlot. Drink now through 2018.
90 Points Wine Spectator