Vinous 93 points - (100% tempranillo): Inky ruby. Heady, intensely perfumed aromas of red fruit preserves, smoky minerals, licorice and Asian spices. Rich, dense and sharply focused, offering intense dark fruit and floral pastille flavors lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. Finishes with striking power and persistence, with building but sweet and harmonious tannins that meld smoothly with the wine’s juicy, penetrating fruit.
Wine Advocate 93 points - The 2010 La Poza de Ballesteros is pure Tempranillo from a 3.6-hectare vineyard planted in 1960 in the village of Elvillar. The destemmed grapes ferment in open wooden vats and age for 14 months in French oak barrels. The fruit is ripe, leaning towards black cherries and very balsamic, more Mediterranean, thyme and rosemary with incense and aniseed with saturated tannins. It’s a big and ripe wine, but with the freshness of fennel and mint. This is a perfect vineyard for cooler years. 3,000 bottles produced. Drink 2014-2023. (Dec 2013)