The Decanter tasting panel has a hard life: 191 premium reds from Rioja were tasted and the results published in the March 2017 issue. We spotted two of our wines in the Highly Recommended section and, whether you put your trust in the points system, both scored well. We rate the Carlos Serres wines very highly ourselves so it’s great to see that the professionals do too.
Carlos Serres, Gran Reserva 2008
Highly Recommended, 91pts
This region of Spain is one of the most renowned however it’s easy to overlook the more complex, quality wines for easygoing, simple wines that are so prevalent. That’s the beauty of this area, from reds to drink before the next harvest, to premium Rioja to keep until the next century. This is a classic fine wine category that is up there with Bordeaux, Burgundy and Barolo.
Gran Reserva 2008
‘Peppery, earthy and unique, this is a sensitive soul in deep contemplation. The balance is there, as well as the juiciness and brightness. Not a commercial style, but a wine of good persistence. Drink 2017-2023’
Carlos Serres, Onomastica 2011
Highly Recommended, 90pts
While Decanter didn’t review the current vintage that we have in stock (2007), they did say this about that years harvest: “Low alcohols and freshness from long, slow ripening. Drink up.” Take advantage of this more mature wine that’s drinking so well now, and look forward to the 2011 vintage which is due in stock late 2017.
‘Graciously balanced and open, this Rioja is showing maturity in a delicate gossamer style. It will be a great charmer with its energy, velvet tannins and attenuated fruit. Hedonistic character. Drink 2017-2022′