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Three essential Ribera de Duero

89,95 €


This May we go to Ribera de Duero to pick three wines of three wineries that have been consolidated as references of quality in the so varied panorama of this denomination. All three wines come from wineries that only make wine from grapes from their own vineyards and in which the owners play a decisive role in the production process. The first wine is López Cristóbal 2015 Crianza of the winery that with the same name stands as a reference in Roa de Duero. Founded in 1994 by Santiago López, nowadays, the director is his son, Galo, who has focused the winery on the quality and commitment to the environment. The wines, all from 48 Ha. Vines planted with Tempranillo ("Tinta del País") and the two with Merlot and Albillo are a surprise for their expressiveness. This is a traditionally elaborated wine, mostly with “Tempranillo”and a small proportion of merlot, which rests for 12 months in French and American oak barrels with predominance of the first. The production is limited to 90,000 bottles. It is an elegant, structured wine with sweet tannins that preserve the fruit in front of the wood. It is a real must. The second wine is the Figuero 12 2016 made in Garcia Figuero wineries located in La Horra. García Figuero started the activity as a winemaker in 2001 because his main job previously previously focused on the sale of grapes to large cellars in the area. Figuero 12 comes entirely from its own vineyards and is made exclusively with Tempranillo. Fermentation in tank and subsequent aging in French oak (75%) and American (25%), is a wine with personality, fruity and with some notes of spices. Elegant and lively, it is a wine that invites to repetition. It will improve in the bottle for the next 10 years. The third wine is the Montecastro Criança 2014 of the winery of the same name located in Castrillo de Duero in the province of Valladolid. Montecastro was founded in 2000 by a group of wine enthusiasts who built some first-line facilities and planted 27 ha. of vineyards, mainly with Tempranillo but also with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In 2012, there is a radical change in the ownership and Bodegas Hacienda Monasterio acquires the cellar taking control of the elaboration on the guidelines of Peter Sissieck. This 2014 harvest is the first in its entirety to be elaborated with the new direction and in which its traces can already be appreciated. The wine makes fermentation in a concrete tank and is aged in French oak (90%) for 14 months. Later it returns to the concrete for four months before bottling. Intense, medium-bodied wine with a good balance of fruit and wood. It will improve in bottle until 2025.