92 points Guia Penin
"Colour: very deep cherry; Aroma: balsamic herbs, sweet spices, scrubland, red berry notes; Flavour: spicy, balsamic, good acidity."
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The village red 2018 Las Jaras has much better integrated oak than the 2016 I tasted last time. It has a higher percentage of Prieto Picudo grapes, coming to a breakdown of 60% Mencía, 30% Prieto Picudo and 10% Alicante Bouschet or Garnacha Tintorera from old vines. It fermented in oak vats with 75% full clusters and indigenous yeasts. It's ripe and quite powerful but without excess and has a rustic touch and some dusty tannins, and it was bottled after nine months in oak vat and concrete, so lightly oaked. It needs powerful food and should benefit from some more time in bottle. 20,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2020. Volumes have grown, but so has quality; and 2018 delivered good freshness."
"60% Mencía, 30% Prieto Picudo, 10% Alicante Bouschet. From 100-year-old vineyards south of Bierzo and with Mencía at 1,000 m – the highest in Spain. In 2013 a winemaking couple took it over. Harvest: mid September. 35-day fermentation/maceration followed by ageing for nine months in oak vats and concrete tanks. Bottled July 2019. RS 1.5g/l, TA 5.1g/l, pH 3.65, SO2 total 45 mg/l, SO2 free 20 mg/l.
Very deep crimson. Ripe cranberry fruit on the nose and lovely ripe tannins. Great freshness but not remotely skinny. Just great balance and a very happy, well-integrated blend that is not especially recognisable as Mencía-dominant. Very accomplished – or perhaps just a great vineyard? GV *good value* 17/20 points."