Estola 2001 Gran Reserva - La Mancha
Made by Bodegas Aynso in Villarobledo, from a blend of local Cencibel grapes with Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is aged in French oak barrels for at least 15 months. Subsequently aged in bottle for several years prior to release for sale. 230,000 bottles were produced, each one being numbered. This bottle was no 042,091. Still 187,909 to go!!
Tasting note (Feb 2013): Intense, deep black/red colour. Warm liquorice and smoke on the nose, with some wood and vanilla. Palate still has very firm tannins. Great complexity of flavours, full-bodied, voluptuous and mouth-filling. Good length. A sipping wine, rather than gulping!