This was a phenomenal wine. I didn't buy it, but I was assured it was less than $30 from the person who did buy it. That is the good news. The bad news is that it is probably very difficult to come by at this point. The place from which my friend bought this bottle had apparently lost a case of it in a back room and stumbled upon it then sold it all. So it's gone. But we did get this bottle.
This wine was the only one I've had that by smell alone was able to transport me back to my first wine-country experience. There was some heavy oak, which may turn some people off, but it was comforting to me to be reminded of when I was standing in a room full of brand new French oak. I may get crucified for this, but this wine reminded me immediately of the smells of Opus One -- the wine and the vineyard.
This was only my second Gran Reserva and I was surprised at how much more complex it was than the other one that I've had and the Reservas and Crianzas I have had in the past. Did I mention that it was phenomenal? This really was a treat.