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Characteristics of Francisco Barona
Francisco Barona is a red wine produced by the winery Francisco Barona Viñedos in Pedrosa de Duero, D.O. Ribera del Duero.
In 2009, after studying oenology in Bordeaux and working in wineries all around the world, Francisco Barona returned to his homeland, Ribera del Duero, and started his personal project. By recovering century-old vineyards, he made authentic, singular and different wines.
In 2011, Francisco Barona managed to buy 5 "majuelos" or vineyards planted with old vines. Up until then, the grapes from these vines were sold to Vega Sicilia. Currently, the wine has 26 hectares of vineyard, 28 "grand crus" planted between 1908 and 1948. These vineyards are cultivated organically and following the cosmic cycles, without herbicides nor pesticides. At the winery, the processes are carried out manually and with very little intervention.
Francisco Barona is a wine made from Tinto Fino, Grenache, Albillo, Bobal, Monastrel and Jaén, from old vineyards located in the neighbouring municipalities.
The harvest is carried out by hand and the grapes are placed in boxes. At the winery, they fermented with native yeasts, with a malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels, where they will remain for 18 months. This wine is bottled without clarifying or filtering.
Francisco Barona is a mature, ample and complex wine. On the nose, the aromas of red fruit stand out on a spicy and mineral background. In the mouth, it is easy silky and quite long lasting. A Ribera del Duero that will have people talking.
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.
Red wine Barrel. 12 months in French and American oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Pago de Carraovejas. Production area: D.O. Ribera del Duero. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon and Tinto Fino and Merlot.
Red wine Reserva. 12 months in American oak barrels and 6 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Rodero. Production area: D.O. Ribera del Duero. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon and Tinta del Pais.