La Cueva del Contador is named for that original cave, and makes use of declassified top-level fruit. As a result, it's a wine of precision, poise and pedigree, with slightly less of the price. This shows an incredible balance of maturity and freshness on tasting this year, but with plenty of potential for the future. It's an extremely powerful drop, with an explosion of blackberry coulis and plums balanced by rosemary and lavender, gravel and slate. A masterfully handled wine and one of the very greatest expressions of Rioja around.
Bodegas y Vinedos Alion 2015
A bright deep red color with streaks of violet. Full and elegant on the nose, with a wide range of aromas, such as vanilla, ripe fruits, compote and syrups. The palate is opulent and elegant with harmonious tannins providing a subtle backbone to the wine; great aromatic persistence in the mouth. Designed to drink well on release, the tannins will nevertheless support at least 10 years further ageing.