Seasonal black and red fruits, most notably of red plums and cherries typical of high, cold areas; a hint of sweetness with fine spice along with aromas of the terrior balanced with elegant toasted oak aromas.
Fresher in the mouth more than previous years, very deep and structured, with an intense fruitiness balanced with sweet, ripe tannins, full of fruit with hints of licorice and aromatic herb flavors. Long and lingering finish on the palate.
Tempranillo (85%) and Merlot (15%). Harvested from a variety of 21 vineyards throughout 13 towns in Ribera del Duero, all between 750 and 1000 meters. Limestone, sandy-loam soils predominately with medium-sized stones.
2013 was slightly colder than normal. A cold and rainy spring, thankfully free of frost. The summer was not very warm which contributed to significant delay to the ripening of the grape. The harvest began on October 8, after a few days of rains that caused botrytis to threaten. 50% of the plots that were already selected ended up being discarded over the 2 days. In the search for grapes untouched by botrytis, we went to vineyards with over 900 m of altitude. Hand harvested into 12 kg boxes. During the hand sort of the grapes, 35% of the grapes harvested were rejected. After de-stemming, the grapes were gravity fed into the tank almost whole and without any damage.
12 months in 225 liter French oak barrels, from selected forests. At the end of barrel aging, 20 different wines were produced with different characteristics, depending on the vineyard, varietal and oak with the final blend growing into this wine. After clarifying with natural egg whites.
Bottled in May 2015
16ºC – 18ºC
Ribera de Duero
After de-stemming, the grapes were gravity fed into the tank almost whole and without any damage. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks. The malolactic fermentation was done partially in tank and partially in French oak barrels. At the end, due to the selection process, we only managed to produce half of our usual production.