Deep, bright purple. Drop-dead aromas of dark berry preserves, Asian spice, potpourri and incense, with an intense mineral overtone. Stains the palate with sappy, chewy black raspberry and floral pastille flavours enlivened by notes of allspice, star anise and nutmeg. Silky, sweet and penetrating on the finish, which clings with outstanding tenacity and clarity. There's an elegance and focus here that's reminiscent of the best Burgundies, but with more power and texture. If I were a third-world despot this is what I'd be drinking every day. Stephen Tanzer, wineaccess.com
Ricardo was kind enough to uncork the 2011 La Faraona, their more exclusive wine, of which they only produce 600-900 bottles per vintage depending on the yields and conditions of the year. He opened and decanted the wine a good six hours before we tasted it, as he thinks they really need air. The wine is precise, with notes common to the others (blueberries, acid strawberry, smoky peat), but has some wild herbs, blood orange, more restrained on the exotic and exuberant, and a palate of great precision, balance and harmony. The wine is really different, and has a strong, capricious personality. 95 points, Wine Advocate (8/2013).