Teso La Monja Alabaster 2017
This 2017 is not heady and ripe, as would correspond with a warm, dry and very early harvest. It should also be understandably oaky after 18 months in brand-new French oak barrels. Surprisingly enough, it's terribly aromatic, expressive and floral, jumping out of the glass, with an extrovert personality, with a lactic touch and some notes of licorice, with better-integrated oak and more freshness than the 2016. The oak is less evident (they have changed the toast of the barrels, but they still use 100% new oak) and more integrated. This is still a modern and generously oaked Tempranillo, but in the overall context, it's the least oaky of all their wines I tasted this time. 4,000 bottles.