Made from 40 year old vineyards planted in sandy and limey-clay soils. They yield only 3,000 kilos per hectare due to the harsh, hot and dry conditions on the meseta. Grapes are hand harvested during September into 20 kilo boxes to avoid crushing the grapes during transport to the winery. Maceration and fermentation lasted 15 days with both pump-overs and rack-and-return used to extract gentle tannins. Following fermentation the wine was aged for 2 months in seasoned oak.
Bright purple. Sexy, fruit-dominated bouquet of raspberry preserves, rose and Asian spices. Sappy, vaguely jammy red berry flavors show good depth and a seamless texture, with a hint of spiciness on the back half. Open-knit and ridiculously easy to drink, finishing with suave sweetness and very good persistence, especially for the price.
91 Points, View From the Cellar – “…A ringing success and is about as fine as a substitute for the great old wines that used to hail from Ribera del Duero. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a classic combination of plums, black cherries, lovely spice tones, a nice touch of meatiness, sandy soil tones, cigar smoke and just a bit of coconutty oak influence in the upper register. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied and impeccably balanced, with a good core of fruit, fine soil signature, ripe, suave tannins, good acids and excellent focus and grip on the complex finish.”