- Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Monastrell grapes
- Dark ruby color
- Velvety tannins
- Oak barrel aged for 24 months
96 Points - [Refers to 2008 vintage] - "The 2008 El Nido is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Monastrell also aged for 24 months in new French and American oak. It gives up a bit more aromatic complexity with ramped up concentration and volume. In the glass, notes of blueberry, blackberry, exotic spices, and pepper lead to a plush, silky, 60-second finish. Give this behemoth 6-8 years to become civilized and drink the Clio cuvee while you are waiting." -The Wine Advocate
COMPOSITION: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Monastrell
[Refers to 2007 vintage] - 95 Points - "Glass-staining ruby. High-pitched, complex aromas of raspberry, blackberry, minerals, smoked meat and spices, plus a hint of gingerbread. Rich, round and very sweet; packed with black and blue fruit preserve, Asian spice, candied violet and mineral flavors. Velvety tannins add support to the expansive, palate-saturating fruit flavors. The floral and spice notes come on strong on the finish, which is strikingly fresh and very long. Offers a great combination of depth and vivacity." -Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, September/October 2009.
[Refers to 2006 vintage] - 97 Points - "Aromas of wild blueberry and black currant are room-filling. Dense, layered, and totally hedonistic, it has serous depth and concentration, impeccable balance, and a 60-second finish. A bit more structured than Clio, it will have a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2026." -Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate.
"70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Monastrell raised in French and American oak, limited to just 1,200 bottles. Glass-staining purple. Explosive, alluring scents of blueberry, boysenberry, pipe tobacco, licorice and vanilla bean. Lush and broad but juicy and firmly built, with suave candied dark fruit flavors accented by sexy floral and Asian spice qualities. Finishes broad, juicy and impressively long, with echoing boysenberry and spice notes."