The single vineyard Tempranillo is the 2012 Pago Negralada, a plot at 760 meters altitude on deep gravel soils covered with sand; it is a relatively warm soil that provides good homogeneous ripeness of the grapes, vintage after vintage. As with all of the single vineyards, it fermented with indigenous yeasts and went through malolactic fermentation in brad new French oak barrels, where it had an upbringing of 18 months before bottling after a clarification with egg whites. I found the character of orange peel that I frequently saw in the Ribera del Duero reds in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with some rusticity and a little dustiness, with character. There are fine-grained tannins, good balance and a dusty texture that fills your mouth. It has very good balance and it will age nicely.
93 points, Luis Gutierrez (October 2015)
(aged for two years in new French oak barrels): Inky ruby. A heady, complex bouquet evokes fresh black and blue fruits, candied rose, vanilla and exotic spices, along with a smoky mineral overtone. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering intense blueberry and floral pastille flavors that open up and become spicier with aeration. Spherical and seamless in texture, finishing with outstanding clarity; smooth, slowly building tannins are in harmony with the wine's intense dark fruit.
93 points, Josh Raynolds (January 2016)