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Altos del Terral Crianza

Altos del Terral Crianza
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Altos del Terral Crianza
Red wine Crianza. 12 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Tempranillo
Designation of Origin: D.O. Ribera del Duero
Production area: Castilla y León
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 14.0%
Red wine Crianza. 12 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Tempranillo
D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 14.0%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of Altos del Terral Crianza

In 1999, Isabel Palomar, who studied Oenology in Bordeaux, decided to return to Aranda del Duero. She acquired 2 hectares of old vineyards in La Horra. This is where she started her life project, Bodegas Alto del Terral.

The vineyard is located 900 metres above sea level, with north-south orientation, planted more than 80 years ago on poor soils, with predominant limestone and gravel. Since 2016, Isabel has the priceless help of her husband, Paco Casas, an oenologist with a long experience in La Ribera, with more than 20 vintages behind him.

Altos del Terral Crianza is a wine made with Tempranillo from vineyards located in La Horra and Roa.

The grapes are manually harvested and placed in 12 kg boxes. Once the grapes arrive at the winery, they go through a cold pre-fermentation for 5 days. Then, they ferment in stainless steel deposits with local yeasts at a controlled temperature, no higher than 28°C. This wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

Altos del Terral Crianza is a classic, deep and refined wine. On the nose, it stands out for its complexity, aromas of ripe black fruit and elegant toasted notes. In the mouth, it has volume, intensity and a controlled tannin that makes it very long.

Serve at 16.0ºC
Contains sulphites
Pairing
Roasts, Small game, Mature cheese, Cold meat, Stews

Tasting notes Altos del Terral Crianza

After a dry winter, spring came loaded with rain. Thankfully, this water was stored, since it was much needed during the extremely dry summer. The low temperatures during spring delayed the sprouting of the vines, which led the growth cycle to start with delay. However, this delay was offset thanks to the high temperatures recorded in July and August, to the point of delaying ripening in those younger vineyards. The 2016 vintage beat the production record of the 2014 vintage. And not only in production, but also in quality due to the excellent weather conditions and the excellent health of the vineyards. The wines from this vintage offer a lot of volume, with a good capacity to face the passing of time, with roundness and spectacular tannins. A harvest reminiscent of those of the late 80s and early 90s.
The 2015 vintage started with a winter that had good groundwater reserves. The spring was warm and dry until well into the month of June, when there were intense rainfall at the beginning of the blooming. A summer with some well spread out storms gave way to a very dry autumn. The harvest was slightly ahead of the usual dates, but the analytical and organoleptic features, and the balance of the berries, were ideal. Thus enabled the harvest to take place at the optimal ripening time. The wines from this vintage, which was classified as excellent, have a good colour intensity, significant fruity notes on the nose and a high tannic potential in the mouth, with sweet tannins that indicate the good phenolic ripening of the berries. A vintage reminiscent of the exceptional 2005 vintage.
This was a complicated year. Although the sprouting of the vines was slightly early, the low temperatures recorded during the spring delayed the growth cycle, which no longer recovered in the summer, despite having a warm month of July. The harvest was carried out at a fast pace, and with the extra effort of the viticulturers, who discarded the fruit that did not meet the optimal conditions. This way, they made sure that they avoided the probable effect of the botrytis attacks due to the rains they had around this time. The wines from this vintage, rated as a good one, offer good colour intensity, great fruit expression and a lot of freshness.

Ratings for the vintages from D.O. Ribera del Duero

2017 Very good
2016 Very good
2015 Excellent
2014 Very good
2013 Good
2012 Very good
2011 Excellent
2010 Excellent
2009 Excellent
2008 Very good
2007 Very good
2006 Good
2005 Very good
2004 Excellent
2003 Very good
2002 Very good
2001 Very good
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Designation of Origin D.O. Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero wine is one of the most prestigious wines in Spain. Red wines made with Tinto Fino variety grapes, with highly complex aromas, fine on the palate and with a great storage capacity. The wines of Ribera del Duero present a perfect balance between the vividness of the fruit and the refinement of the wood, which has led to them obtaining a well-deserved international acclaim.

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