The consensus among wine testers and raters has been that these wines aren't terrific, and not up to the best standards of Cabral. That said, they’re not necessarily bad, and in a way they accomplish exactly what Cabral was challenged to do.
I visited with the author by phone and was fascinated to hear him tell his story. It's such a fascinating read I told him if he had submitted it as a novel no one would have published it because it is simply unbelievable.
We crossed the Atlantic and landed in Rioja, Spain to taste the 2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva Vi?a Ardanza. Kyle and Tristen both love the versatility of Rioja wines and it's as heavy as they would suggest for a holiday meal.