The top of the range, made only in exceptional years. Complex layers of fruit, long on the palate with solid tannins.
Vintage 2011 experienced new record-breaking climatic extremes, both in winter rainfall and summer heat. A difficult growing season and harvest due to delayed ripening. Fine harvest weather.
Made exclusively from selected grapes from chosen sites, grown sustainably in our own vineyards. Fermented without stems under temperature control, frequent delestage, followed by extended skin maceration to enhance varietal fruit characters, and to provide tannin structure and balance. Aged for 14 months in French oak (100%) barrels, and then blended to give balanced varietal fruit and oak components. Bottled, unfined and filtered in March 2013.
Our Winemaker's Comments
Quite complex and a little developed with some gamey characters. Deep, rich flavoursome palate with soft fruit beginnings that firm up to give great length and persistence. Well balanced with good tannin structure and nice acidity. Drinking well but has the structure for long term bottle ageing.
Made only in top years, this rich, powerful, flagship red, lavished with new French oak, is a winning match for lovers of bold, generous wines with the oomph and balance to go some distance yet. - DECANTER Magazine UK
Savoury, intense, tobacco-edged blackcurrant and berry fruits, balsamic, fine tannins. Rich, but lovely balance and length. - Sarah Ahmed
Heady lifted perfume; rich and chewy on the palate, and packed with super-ripe – but not overripe- fruit. A blockbuster but one that is well executed. - Joanna Locke MW
This is simply a beautifully focused and well structured Reserva. Precise and penetrating, it is fresh and a little steely as it airs out, at least after the first rush of fruit and wood. The grip and penetration here is easily the best in the winery's lineup this issue. While it has plenty of midpalat concentration, it never seems jammy or thick. It may not have quite the sex appeal of the Incógnito, but the combination of finesse, concentration, structure and ageworthiness makes this a strong contender for the best red I've seen from Cortes de Cima. - Mark Squires, eRobertParker.com
The wine inside remains as dense and structured as ever. It’s rich, full of tannins as well as concentrated black plum and berry fruits. - Wine Enthusiast