What the Experts say: The 2006 Ardal Reserva sees 24 months in French and American oak and is blended with a relatively high (20%) of Cabernet Sauvignon. That addition of Cabernet works well on the vibrant, graphite-tinged nose with touches of wild heather. The palate is full-bodied with copious, chocolate-tinged black fruit, offering real presence and grip on the surly finish. But I like the balance and style, plus it has the substance to age well.

What do I think:  I have had plenty of graphite in my hands before but mainly in the form of golf clubs, can’t say that I have smelled the shafts or can I say that I have sniffed around wild heather before?  This Tempranillo is full bodied, smooth and flavourful for sure.  Great for the price.