Apellation: Ribera del Duero
Denominación de Origen
Harvested September 27th
Variety: Albillo Mayor 100%
Straw yellow color with bright flickering.
It is intense and complex on the nose with slight notes of ripe stone fruit and of predominantly apple and pear.
Final touch of herbs such as fennel, aniseed or chamomile.
On the palate it has a good entry, surprisingly fresh and well integrated with the time in barrel, a well-balanced silky palate due to its good acidity, an ample good structure with a good persistent finish. A wine where subtlety is above power and where fruit takes the leading character of the wine above the other notes coming from the type of elaboration.
The Albillo Mayor grapes for this wine come from very old vines located in microplots in the villages of Peñaranda de Duero and Gumiel de Izán, at an altitude
between 860 and 900 meters.
These bushed vines were planted more than 80 years ago on clayey-limestone soils, composed also by sand and pebbles. The balanced sun exposure and this mixture of soils help delay sprouting and avoid the risk of frost. It is important to harvest without over-ripening in order to preserve the necessary vivacity and potential of aging.
After a light cold maceration with the skins, the de-stemmed grapes are smoothly pressed and settled. Then,
the must start its fermentation partly in Amphora (35%), Inox (20%) and 500-liter French oak barrels (45%) with its own autochthonous yeasts at low temperatures.
Ageing: The wine rests on its lees in 500 liter of French oak and Acacia barrels for a period of minimum eight months.
Then frequent bâtonnages are done to obtain a greater volume and roundness in the mouth.
Kept in optimal conditions (fresh and constant temperature) this wine will keep its good qualities some years. Serve at 8º thru 10º C in a large fine wine glass.
Its acidity and structure is ideal for small game meats, scrambled eggs with mushrooms, pasta with white sauces.
Foie will make you enjoy it to the maximum. If you are more of seafood, try it with smoked fish, crustacea or rice dishes with a sea bed.
91 points ● Guía Peñín ● Spain
91 points ● Tim Atkin MW Ribera del Duero Annual Report 2022