Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 94 points
The more-modern red of the portfolio is the 2013 Dalmau Reserva, a blend of 71% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Graciano from one single vineyard within the Ygay estate, the Pago Canajas. It fermented separately for 11 days, the Tempranillo in stainless steel and the rest in oak vats. It matured in new French oak barrels for 19 months. They had to do a very strict selection and discarded some 50% of the grapes. It has a very Atlantic, cool-climate profile, with the Cabernet Sauvignon marking the nose quite a bit, somehow austere (perhaps the increase of Graciano has something to do with it). It’s balsamic, herbal, clean, serious and complex. The palate is very balanced, with refined, fine-grained tannins and a nice core of acidity. This is a very good, serious vintage of Dalmau. Proprietor Vicente Cebrián told me they are thinking about keeping the Dalmau in bottle for some three years before it’s released. 20,814 bottles were filled in October 2016.
Wine Enthusiast – 93 points
Sturdy aromas of licorice, black pepper and wild berry fruits are highly encouraging. In the mouth, high acidity reflective of a cool year is the dominant component, meaning this has long-term aging potential. Flavors of dried cheese, vanilla and chocolate come straight from the barrel, while balsamic berry, plum and currant notes carry over to a well-oaked finish. Drink from 2020–2034.
Wine Spectator – 92 points
Sleek and dense, this ripe red shows blackberry and plum compote flavors, with dark chocolate and black pepper accents. Firm tannins and sweet-tart acidity keep this focused. A fruit-driven, modern style. Drink now through 2026.