The 2017 vintage rated as "Very Good" has been characterized by being a warm and dry year. Low water reserves at the start became more severe during the months of July and August, when conditions were extremely dry except for some heavy rains towards the beginning of the harvest. Yet without a doubt the defining moment of the year was the frost that affected much of Ribera del Duero on April 28th, immediately following budding, resulting in weak plant mass. This affected plant growth and flowering for the entire year resulting in major production losses. This mishap was followed by some very hot months in June and July. Due to these events the wines of this year are characterized by being wines with more volume and medium acidity. Perfect to drink while young and with a good capacity for aging.
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.
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.
Cherry red with violet hues, clean and bright. Nose
Good aromatic intensity. Presence of ripe black fruit (blackberries, plums, blueberries) with toasted notes, spices and liquorice. Taste
Powerful and fleshy entry. Step is tasty and fruity with hints of black fruit and spicy sensations. Good acidity. Medium finish.
This wine has a dark red, almost purple color. Clean and bright.
Intense and complex aroma. Ripe dark fruits such as blackberries and redcurrant blended in perfect harmony with: roasted, coffee, liquorice, vanilla, cocoa and woody aromas. Taste
A tasty, powerful, elegant and very intense wine. Rather tasty on the palate. Fruits, spices.
Dark red, almost violet colour. Clean and bright.
Intense and complex nose. Ripe black fruit like blackberries, blueberries and redcurrents in perfect harmony with roasted notes, coffee, liquorice, vanilla, cocoa and aromas from the wood. Taste
We find ourselves before a tasty, powerful, elegant and very intense wine. A very tasty palate with fruity and spicy flavours.
Beautiful and intense ruby red colour with violet reflections. High robe. Clean and bright wine with abundant tears. Nose
Its nasal aromas show a high intensity and a great powerness, where the notes of very ripe black fruit (blackberries, cherries and blackcurrant) stand out in excellent harmony with the spiced clean-wood aromas provided during the ageing, the roasted notes and the hints of liquorice, coffee, vanilla and cacao. Taste
In the palate, this wine is tasty, intense, well-bodied and elegant. It shows a wide and lively mid palate, marked by the balance between the powerful ripe tannins, which guarantee a long ageing to this wine, and its magnificent acidity. Its powerful and voluminous very long finish is followed by a fruity and spiced aftertaste.
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At the visual stage, this wine shows a dark purple colour with a violet trim. Great robe, clean and bright.
Good harmony of primary varietal aromas of ripe black fruit (strawberries, figs, blackberries) with dairy tannins and other ageing tertiary aromas with spicy hints of new wood. Hints of roasted, licorice, coffee, leather and cocoa.
Rich, powerful, big and elegant palate. Thick sweet well integrated tannins. Generous and comprehensive mid palate in perfect balance with the notes of fruit and spicy. Powerful, bulky, long and silky finish.
In visual stage shows covered layer, clean and bright. Nose
The nose is intense and complex, overlooking the vanilla, leather and liquorice, much like the wine Matarromera Gran Reserva 1999, but less finesse. Taste
In the mouth, is round and fleshy, with a nice tannin and finish elegant and harmonious.