THE WINE ADVOCATE
95 / 100
"The 2016 El Nido is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Monastrell, the reverse percentages of Clio. The vinification and élevage are the same: it starts in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and finishes in French and American oak barriques, where the wine matured for some 23 months. I was quite pleasantly surprised by this 2016, as I expected a weaker wine that would show the élevage more, but I found a juicy palate and the oak was quite integrated. The tannins are fine-grained, and the palate reveals flavors of sweet spices and dark chocolate."
THE MERCHANT'S MARK
95 / 100
El Nido, Clio's Big Brother, is the flagship wine of the Bodegas El Nido winery. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Monastrel, El Nido is a powerful, ripe and concentrated red. Only the finest grapes are selected for the El Nido bottling - and it shows. With dark blackberry, blueberry, cassis and round, ripe tannins, the 2016 El Nido, like prior vintages, is a head turner.