Macan 2009 Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia
|Brand||Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia|
The 2009 Macan has aromas of black rather than red fruit, ripe and intense blackberries with some floral notes developing with time. Dense with licorice and some prune flavors, it is spicy and balsamic as well as tighter and more backward. They told me they don't like green aromas, but they also dislike notes of liqueur. Concentrated but managing to keep the freshness, it is a clean, powerful and modern red in need of a little bottle aging to polish its tannins. It will be fascinating to see how these wines develop in bottle, and how the Rioja character, the vineyards, come through with time. 40,000 bottles produced.
Winespectator / James Suckling (88)
Black cherry and plum flavors are supported by savory notes of soy, tobacco and smoke in this red, which features a firm, balanced structure that gives way to the spicy finish.?