Saturated ruby-red. Roasted currant, plum, tar, shoe polish and baking spices on the nose. Fat, sweet and oaky, with notes of meat and pepper. Still tightly wound and rather dominated by its acid structure, but there’s plenty of sweetness and material to support the wine’s spine. A rather powerful, youthfully backward wine with excellent length. Showing far better now than it did two years ago, when the wine came across as extremely disjointed.
Robert Parker 90
Revealing a dark plum/ruby color, the 1995 Dalmau Reserva appears to be closing down, but it has promise. New oak dominates at present, but notions of lead pencil, black fruits, earth, and smoked game are all present. A creamy attack is followed by copious amounts of tannin. Frankly, I would cellar this wine for another 3-4 years, and drink it over the following 15.
Anticipated maturity: 2004-2016