D.O. Ribera del Duero
Grapes: 100% Tempranillo.
Wine-making: After harvesting, the grapes were stored at 8-10ºC in a refrigerated container overnight, followed by a cold maceration for four days. Fermented in an open tank for 8 days, followed by a further 16 days of soak; then racked straight to barrels, where malolactic fermentation took place.
Ageing: Aged for 16 months in French (90%) and American (10%) oak barrels, both new and used.
Tasting Notes: Bright cherry red in colour. Complex nose, with smoky and spicy (cinnamon and blanc pepper) elements followed by black fruits over a background of forest floor and minerals. This is a medium-bodied red wine with firm tannins and a fine acidity, excellent ingredients to ensure a long ageing. It has a certain austerity, reflecting the stony soil and this particularly cool vintage.
Pairing: Mellow rice with chanterelles and pork ribs, caramelized Iberian pork loin, stewed lentils with sausage and vegetables.