Vinous Media 94
"Lurid ruby-red. Highly perfumed, mineral-tinged red/blue fruit preserve, incense and exotic spice scents show impressive clarity and pick up a floral element with air. Sappy, sweet and concentrated yet lithe, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry-cola, spicecake and floral pastille flavors and a hint of smokiness. Closes extremely long and mineral, displaying excellent focus, well-knit tannins and alluring, floral-driven persistence. (Made with whole clusters and fermented in large, French oak vats, followed by 18 months of aging in neutral French barriques.)."
John Gilman 94
"The Amaral bottling from Algueira is composed entirely of Caiño, grown in steep terraced vineyards planted on schist. It is aged twelve months in older barrels and the 2014 version is outstanding on both the nose and palate. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a very complex mélange of dark berries, pomegranate, woodsmoke, a bit of sarsaparilla, graphite, gentle herb tones that recall a bit Canary Islands’ tinto and a superb base of stony soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and beautifully balanced, with ripe, well integrated tannins, excellent focus and a very, very long, promising finish. In a perfect world, this wine would be tucked away in the cellar for three or four more years to allow the tannins to fall away a bit more, but it is so well balanced that it is already pretty easy to drink with a proper meal."
Wine Advocate 93+
"The other new red is the 2014 Caíño Amaral from young vines first vinified in this vintage. The modus operandi is similar: native fermentation with full clusters and aging in French barrique for 18 months. I simply loved the aromatics of this wine, its elegant rusticity, the spicy and floral aromas—very expressive and harmonious. It makes you salivate with the effervescent minerality. It's light on its feet and intense at the same time. This feels very different from the Caíño from Rías Baixas, reflecting different soils and climate. Superb!"
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