91 points: Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2008 Crianza has a lifted mulberry, sloe and bay leaf scented bouquet with a dash of white pepper. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannins on the entry. It is very well-balanced with a rounded, sensual finish that offers touches of pepper and burnt toast. This is a very fine Crianza. Drink now-2018. 91 points." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Aug 2012.
Deep purple in colour, the nose shows an explosion of complex and persistent nuances of black fruit and toasty notes of new wood. The palate has great intensity and structure, with sweet tannins and fresh acidity.
Enjoy with red meats, legumes and vegetable dishes.
At the centre of the Rioja Alavesa, in the village of Elvillar de Álava, Fernando Meruelo and Félix Revuelta have created Lar de Paula, bringing the best of traditional practices in line with modern equipment, facilities and winemaking techniques.
The winery itself has been built with a single purpose in mind: transforming the finest grapes into great wine through a process in which excellence is the primary concern. Temperature controls, stainless steel tanks, exhaustive monitoring at every stage - everything is geared towards the optimum evolution of their wines.