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Characteristics of Briego Vendimia Seleccionada
Briego Vendimia Seleccionada is a young red wine from the D.O Ribera del Duero produced by the Briego winery. This is a single variety wine, made exclusively with the Tempranillo grape variety.
All of the grapes used for Briego Vendimia Seleccionada come from the same vineyard: El Bercial. After the harvest has been carried out manually, the grapes are transported to the winery with care, to ensure that they are not damaged or broken during transit, avoiding premature fermentations.
At the winery, the grapes are left to ferment for 2 weeks in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 20ºC. The winemaking and production process follows traditional methods, drawing on the years of experience and successful techniques already used in the Ribera del Duero region.
After the various phases of the winemaking process have been carried out, Briego Vendimia Seleccionada is aged for 8 months in French and American oak barrels.
The Briego winery was founded back in 1992. Their wines show a great balance between a good intensity, strong character, and a marked character.
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.
After the withering in a mild winter, the warm start of spring brought sprouting forward by almost 10 days. The summer, which was quite cool and dry, enabled the good evolution of the growth cycle and a balanced ripening. This was a vintage without setbacks. Worth mentioning is the high production of this vintage due to good climatic behaviour during the harvest.
The wines from this vintage have great colour intensity, and a high fruity expression on the nose and in the mouth. Their balance and tannic potential stand out; these features show us the great potential to produce great wines for ageing, and for lighter and fruitier productions.
Ribera del Duero is a Denomination of Origin located on the northern plateau, bathed by the waters of the River Duero, where they produce delicious and recognised red wines with great complexity made from the Trinto Fino grape variety.
Bodegas Briego is located in Fompedraza, a small village of the region of Valladolid, where the winemaking is a tradition. The Benito Hernando brothers (Fernando, Gaspar and Javier) are the owners of Bodegas Briego and the ones responsible for retrieving the vinicultural family tradition.