Concentrated and seductive Ribera exuding alluring notes of grilled meats, leather, raisins and figs, overlaid with spicy mocha, hazelnut and cedar. A huge amount going on in the glass! Potent, masculine and ageworthy.
Drink 2012 - 2022, either on its own as a vino da meditazione or else alongside special roast dinners or winter suppers featuring wild fowl or game.
2005 Ribera del Duero vintage report -> "Another good vintage with high temperatures but with (just) enough rain." (Jancis Robinson MW)
Ribera del Duero, which was awarded DO status in 1982, spans the upper valley of the river Duero. At some 800m above sea level, the growing season is relatively short, and frost is an ever-present threat in spring, though temperatures can soar in summer to a scorching 40 degrees celsius.
The region's principal grape variety is tinta del pais (synonyms include tinto fino and, of course, tempranillo) aided and abetted by cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec and, occasionally, the white grape albillo. Garnacha here is used for rosé.
|Grape variety||90% Tinta del País, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Technical Sheet||Download supplier's pdf here|