Viña Sastre Press

From Vinous (International Wine Cellar)

94 Points
2011 Vina Sastre Pesus Ribera del Duero
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($750) Bright purple. Potent smoke- and spice-accented black and blue fruit aromas are lifted and sharpened by an intense mineral quality, picking up sexy potpourri and incense nuances with aeration. Sweet, penetrating blackberry and cherry-cola flavors stain the palate, with licorice and mocha qualities adding depth. Rich yet lively and precise, finishing with outstanding energy and fine-grained tannins that fade into the wine's lush fruit. A big success for the vintage.

93 Points
2011 Vina Sastre Pago de Santa Cruz Crianza
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($38*) (aged for 18 months in new American oak): Inky ruby. A heady bouquet evokes dark berry liqueur, candied rose, vanilla and woodsmoke, with a spicy overtone that becomes stronger as the wine opens in the glass. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet blackberry and boysenberry flavors with suggestions of cola, mocha and licorice pastille. Velvety tannins give shape to the finish, which hangs on with outstanding tenacity and alluring sweetness.

*The Suggested Retail Price originally published in this review is our SRP for the 2011 Viña Sastre Crianza, but we believe that this review may be for the 2011 Viña Sastre Pago de Santa Cruz ($84).

93 Points
2011 Vina Sastre Regina Vides Ribera del Duero
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($92) (made from vines that are reportedly more than a century old; aged in new French oak for two years): Inky ruby. Sexy, mineral-tinged blackberry, cola and sandalwood aromas show very good energy and clarity. Round and fleshy on the palate, offering sappy dark berry liqueur, vanilla and lavender pastille flavors sharpened and lifted by a spicy element. Leaves an exotic floral quality behind on the long, sweet, gently tannic finish, which shows excellent clarity and cut.

90 Points
2013 Vina Sastre Flavus Blanco Vino de Mesa
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($21) (all palomino, from vines that range from 60 to more than 90 years of age): Pale, bright yellow. Lively Meyer lemon and pear scents are complicated by suggestions of smoky minerals, chamomile and anise, with a suave honeysuckle quality sneaking in with air. Opens up on the palate to offer juicy orchard and pit fruit flavors braced by a touch of citrus zest. Closes with firm grip, lingering floral character and very good mineral-driven persistence.

90 Points
2012 Vina Sastre Ribera del Duero
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($23) Deep ruby. Dark berries, licorice, mocha and violet on the perfumed nose and in the mouth. Fleshy and seamless in texture, with very good focus and building smokiness. Closes on a subtle vanilla note, with zesty acidity adding lift and dusty tannins contributing shape.

96 Points
2010 Vina Sastre Pesus Ribera del Duero
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($750) Inky purple.  An exotic, highly perfumed bouquet combines ripe blackberry, cassis, smoky minerals, espresso and incense.  Dense, sweet and deep, with velvety texture and suave floral lift to its intense black and blue fruit flavors.  Palate-staining but comes off shockingly lithe.  Rich but impeccably balanced and seamless, with superb finishing power, focus and floral-driven persistence.  This wine is something else.  The 2009, a spectacular if still extremely young wine, is worth a special search of the market as well.

94 Points
2010 Vina Sastre Regina Vides Ribera del Duero
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($100) Bright purple.  Powerful, deeply pitched aromas of black and blue fruits, woodsmoke and licorice, with a strong mineral topnote.  Shows superb clarity and intensity, offering smoky cassis and boysenberry flavors and notes of candied flowers and mocha.  Closes broad and extremely long, with lingering smokiness and slow-mounting tannins.  Can't get this off the palate and don't really want to.

94 Points
2009 Vina Sastre Regina Vides Ribera del Duero
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($100) (aged in 100% new French oak):  Dark purple.  Exotic, heady aromas of dark fruit preserves, incense, vanilla and floral oils, with a smoky overtone.  Lush, sappy and incisive, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors and notes of bitter chocolate, mocha and lavender pastille.  Smooth and sweet on the youthfully tannic finish, with intense elements of blueberry and spicecake. 

92 Points
2010 Vina Sastre Ribera del Duero Crianza
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($33) Opaque ruby.  Spicy, high-pitched aromas of blueberry, violet pastille, licorice, cola and black pepper.  Very concentrated but lively and precise, offering palate-staining dark berry and floral flavors and suggestions of mocha and smoky minerals.  Finishes with excellent clarity and power, smooth tannins and lingering florality.

91 Points
2010 Vina Sastre Flavus Blanco Vino de Mesa
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($20) Bright yellow.  Sexy, expansive aromas of dried orchard fruits, white flowers and lemon curd, with a bright mineral overtone.  Densely packed pear and tangerine flavors show unlikely vivacity and pick up a minerally nuance with air.  Closes on an emphatic floral note, with excellent clarity and persistence.  This wine checks in at 13.5% alcohol but has the heft of a richer wine.

91 Points
2011 Vina Sastre Roble Ribera del Duero
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($20) Bright purple.  Pungent aromas of blueberry, cherry-cola and smoky minerals, with a spicy overtone.  Expansive black and blue fruit flavors show impressive depth and energy, picking up a smoky nuance with air.  Closes on a spicy note, with gentle tannic grip and excellent length.  Pretty impressive for an entry-level wine, especially from this vintage.

94 points
2007 Vina Sastre Pesus Ribera del Duero
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($750) (85% tempranillo, with cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot):  Inky ruby.  Explosively perfumed aromas of candied dark berries, incense and potpourri, with cola and vanilla accents building in the glass.  Lush, palate-staining blackberry, cherry and violet pastille flavors show impressive depth and sweetness, with a velvety texture and emphatic spiciness.  Finishes on a sweet note, with outstanding thrust and persistence.  This may be the best wine of the appellation from this erratic vintage.

92 points
2009 Vina Sastre Ribera del Duero Crianza
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($33) (100% tempranillo, from vines between 20 and 65 years of age, raised in 100% new French oak):  Opaque ruby.  A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves, incense and cola, along with a sexy floral nuance and a touch of cracked pepper.  Juicy, sweet and expansive, offering vibrant cherry and blackberry flavors and a velvety texture.  Finishes with impressive clarity and lift, leaving a candied violet note behind.

91 points
2010 Vina Sastre Tinto Ribera del Duero
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($20) Saturated ruby.  Sexy, spice-accented aromas of black raspberry, mocha and cola, with intense floral and mineral accents adding lift.  Juicy, penetrating red and dark berry flavors show very good intensity and focus, taking on weight and gaining sweetness with air.  Fine-grained tannins build on the lingering finish.  Pretty impressive for an entry-level wine, but this promises to be a top vintage in the region.

90 points
2009 Vina Sastre Flavus Blanco Vino de Mesa
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($20) (100% jaen, a.k.a. palomino, aged in stainless steel):  Light yellow.  Musky, mineral-accented aromas and flavors of pear skin, melon and ginger, with an herbal overtone.  Dry and smooth in texture, offering hefty orchard fruit flavors and a touch of bitter quinine.  Finishes sappy and long, with lingering spiciness and very good length.