This Iberian grape variety gets its name from a Spanish term for early because it’s an early-ripening red, and this Cab-like grape was hand-picked from the Jones estate on Oct. 9. The all-French oak program, dominated by two-year-old barrels, presents balance in the nose as clove and vanilla sit behind black currant and blackberry aromas. There’s cherry, red currant, cola and chocolate on the palate, which shows maturity and food-friendly acidity. Suggested pairings include El Lechazo of Aranda de Duero — a traditional Spanish roast lamb dish.
Production: 157 cases