Followed by a winter season, where the vine rested under moderate conditions and a pluviometry lower than usual, spring was in charge of showing the extreme weather conditions that typifies ribera del duero (banks of the river duero), given the fact that, even though rains were plentiful in this period, low temperatures postponed the budburst of the vine to a date later than usual.
Summer was characterized by high temperatures during a good part of july, also during all august and good part of september. This provoked, together with the absence of rains, specially by the end of summer, certain level of hydric stress that contributed to delay the ripening process, mainly to the younger plants and those on arid soils conditions.
This vintage provides us full-bodied wines, good ageing capacity and that will bring us lots of joy, with roundness and spectacular tannins.
Hand-picked grapes. 100% Tempranillo from old vineyards (45 to 100 years old) located in Pesquera de Duero. More than 900 m. (3.000 feet) above the sea level. Yields are below 3.000 kg./ha.
Maceration and fermentation in stainless steel tanks, at a temperature of 26 ºc. The wine remains in contact with the skins for 3-4 weeks, and is pumped over several times a day.
14 months in new french oak.
Immaculate red-cherry color with ruby rim, showing its vitality. A stream of primary aromas, with lots of well-ripe fruit, blackberries, raspberries and liquorice. Noble woods used during its ageing, provide a wider complexity to its already appealing nose. The scents of cinnamon, vanilla, and other spices, melt with the overlaying aromas from fruits. Emphatic on the palate, unctuous, full-bodied, with noble tannins from the skins, and is overflowing with elegance, flawless, without losing a piece of fruit and youthfulness.
Roasted meat, game, grilled vegetables, stews made from beans, secreto ibérico (the secret cut of iberic pork).