(Neo, The Matrix 4)
Like 2005, Neo 2010, Neo 2011 we tasted before, Neo 2012 is as suitable as Alion and even Valbuena 5, both from Ribera del Duero. Also, 2012 is a good year, according to all leading magazines.
Scores are impressive, for example, Falstaff 91. Neo 2012 need one hour to open up to form a pure Tempranillo reflecting extending ageing of 20 months in 90% French Oak 10% American oak. There is a delicate balance between fruit, spices and oak-related, smoky aromas. The first nose shows wood and earth tones, a hint of chocolate and the second prunes, cherries, coffee and tobacco and tertiary tones. Stuffed mouth feels with spices. The right balance of fruit and tertiary notes; tannins are nicely integrated by now; also a sweet, warm aftertaste. It will age well but is approachable now and drinks fine.