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Ribera del Duero / Excellent

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  • 2014
  • Tinta del País

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2014

Vintage

This was one of the best vintages of Ribera del Duero. It stood out for the magnificent health of the grapes, due to suitable temperatures and an absence of rainfall that led to slow phenolic ripening after the grapes had reached perfect sugar levels. The harvest was carried out in the different plots in a staggered fashion, as the grapes attained their optimum ripeness. The wines of the 2009 vintage stand out for their deep colour, large amounts of sweet tannins and wonderful balance between alcohol and acidity. The vintage is appropriate for making great aged wines. The Control Board gave this vintage an official rating of Excellent.

Vineyards

100% Tinta del País from the Finca El Caño surrounding the winery, in the municipality of Anguix, Burgos.

Winemaking and ageing

After an initial cluster selection in the vineyard, the grapes were collected manually in 20 kilo boxes during the early morning hours. A second selection process took place at the crush pad, where clusters that were damaged or insufficiently ripe were removed. Alcoholic fermentation lasted 15 days in tanks and the wine was left to macerate in contact with the skins for another four days. Malolactic fermentation took place in the same way and concluded uneventfully in early January. After assessment and tasting, we selected the wines to be used in this blend which, after light fining, commenced their ageing in French oak barrels (70 %) and new American oak barrels. The American oak barrels are manufactured with wood imported from the U.S., which we dry outdoors for 30 months to achieve the most appropriate degree of maturity for our ageing, while the French oak barrels are manufactured at their place of origin, with wood from the forests of Tronçais, Vosges and Allier. Barrel ageing lasted 29 months with 4 manual rackings. The wine has been rounding off in our bottle racks since it was bottled in February 2013.