There is change in the air at Hacienda Monasterio with winemaker Peter Sisseck declaring the era of high alcohol over. The chalky soils where the vineyards of Hacienda Monasterio are located have no difficulty making powerful wines but harnessing the terroir to make balanced wines requires a tremendous effort in the vineyard to match the yields to the vintage. In the cellar Peter has started employing increasingly higher proportions of stems, is moving towards a more gentle maceration and is employing more larger and more seasoned French oak barrels. The Crianza, a blend of primarily Tempranillo with about 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and smaller portions of Merlot and Malbec remains a rich wine but with a greater freshness and vibrancy.
Wine SpectatorSmoky and gamy notes frame a core of plum and cassis in this dense, focused red. Chewy tannins and firm acidity build a firm structure, showing plenty of stuffing. Delivers a sanguine character that wants food to bloom. Best from 2015 through 2025. 11,490 cases made.