Red wine Barrel. 18 months in French oak barrels. Winery: Tábula. D.O. Ribera del Duero. (Castilla y León) Variety: Tempranillo
D.O.: D.O. Ribera del Duero
Tábula is a relatively young winery in Ribera del Duero. Since the start it had learned its lesson well: a privileged location of the vines, a limited production, a strict harvesting process, a meticulous selection of bunches and grapes, and an impeccable production process. Its success came straight away. Despite how young the winery is, its wines have been well received by the public and the press. They have received high scores from national and international renowned publications, such as Guía Peñín and Guía Proensa, Robert Parker & Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Decanter or the Purple Pages by Jancis Robinson. For this reason, they are currently present in more than 25 countries, in 4 continents and in the middle of an expansion process.
History of the winery
Bodegas y Viñedos Tábula was born in 2002 in the municipality of Olivares de Duero, supported by a group of businessmen from Castilla y León, from different sectors and promoted by José Luis Muñoz, a businessman from Valladolid who took over the project from the start. However, before its foundation, the winery’s philosophy and objectives were well defined. This is why the location of the winery was never a problem, since before the winery there was the vineyard: a 22-hectare farm between Olivares and Valbuena de Duero, in the province of Valladolid is the cornerstone of the project and where the winery was built. Apart from the farm in Olivares, in 2010 Bodegas Tábula incorporated another farm, La Morejona, with 2 hectares of vines that were over 60 years old, added to another 20 hectares of vineyards they manage.
The construction of the production warehouse was concluded in 2003. It is a functional building that respects our philosophy, storing everything that is needed to make quality wines and confer the elegance and refinement that characterise any of the wines of Bodegas Tábula. Between 2010 and 2011 the expansion process took place, including a new production warehouse, a storage warehouse, and the headquarters and offices. The production warehouse is now divided into two. On the one hand we can find the 15,000-litre stainless steel deposits where the Dama 5 meses and the Crianza are made. And on the opposite side we have the 3000-, 5000- and 10,000-litre French oak vats, where the Tábula range wines ferment for the first time before they are transferred to the barrels.
Since one of the distinguishing features of this winery is the respect for the fruit and the search for the essence of the terroir, José Luis Muñoz is in charge of viticulture, while Aurora García is responsible for the technical and oenological part, setting the tasks that need to be done in each case, and travelling Ribera del Duero to select the best grapes.
Bodegas y Viñedos Tábula intervenes in the production of its wines since the beginning, from the most essential elements: the vineyards and their location, with 22 hectares of limestone in Olivares del Duero, between Valladolid and Peñafiel, in Denomination of Origin Ribera del Duero. From there and until they reach the bottle, the production of its wines follows a strict process. The harvest is carried out by hand. The grapes are placed in 15-kg boxes, which entails a careful selection and the comprehensive control of the grapes. At the winery, they have two selection tables. On the first one, they choose the best bunches and they control the quality of the grapes. From this table, the bunches go directly to the destemming machine, where the grapes are separated from the stems. On the second selection table they perform an exhaustive control of each berry, leaving only the best ones. These will be directly transported to the deposits, where they will go through a short pre-fermentation maceration that will vary depending on the wine that is being made.
For Tábula, the grape fermentation takes place in 3000-, 5000- and 10,000-litre French oak vats, while the grapes for Damana will go through this process in smaller-sized stainless steel deposits. Once the alcoholic fermentation has ended, the Tábula wine is transferred to barrels, where it will undergo the malolactic fermentation. The Damana crianza is transferred to the wooden vats, and the Damana 5, to stainless steel deposits. Then, the wines spend the time each one of them needs in the barrel. This can vary from 5 to 18 months, depending on the type of wine, the vintage and the grape varieties used to make it. The work they perform in the barrel room is extremely important, right from the time the barrels are selected. Currently, the winery has around 500 barrels from the most renowned cooperages, selected specifically to give elegance and refinement to its wines. These barrels also provide longevity, without masking the aromas and flavours of the grapes themselves. The barrels are replaced annually, and among them we can find some of the most exclusive ones, like out T5 by the cooperage Taransaud or the ones by Maison Charlois. Another type that does not go unnoticed is the 1500-litre French oak foudre, where Clave de Tábula is refined the last months prior to bottling.
Wines from Bodegas y Viñedos Tábula
Below is a list of wines from Tábula that you can fin at Decántalo:
Damana Verdejo is a single-variety white wine marketed under D.O. Rueda. It comes from a vineyard that is over 25 years old, cultivated on gravelly soils (cascajos) with manual harvest and selection of the grape at the vineyard. It has primary aromas that are characteristic of the Verdejo variety (green apple, peach, grapefruit, lemon zest, etc.), along with delicate shades of moss and freshly-cut hay. In the mouth, it is structured, with a magnificent acidity that gives it great freshness. A long finish with a complex range of flavours, a final touch of aniseed and a bitter aftertaste, typical of the variety.
Damana 5 is made 100% with Tempranillo and it is aged for 5 months in French and American oak barrels. It has aromas of fresh red fruit, with small amounts of spices from its stay in the barrel. In the mouth, it is sweet, fresh and fruity, with the liveliness of its youth.
Damana Crianza is made 100% Tempranillo. It goes through the malolactic fermentation in French oak vats and is aged for 12 months in French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels. Intense aromas of fruit, fennel and liquorice, with toasted notes. Well balanced, with a soft and elegant tannin. Ample and persistent.
Tábula is a 100% Tempranillo that is over 30 years old. It goes through the alcoholic fermentation in 50- and 100-hl French oak vats, then through the malolactic fermentation in barrels, and then it is aged for 16 months in French oak barrels. Aroma of ripe fruit, spices and notes of liquorice. Fresh and polished tannin, ample and persistent.
Gran Tábula is made with Tempranillo from vines that are over 60 years old. It goes through the alcoholic fermentation in 50- and 100-hl French oak vats, then through the malolactic fermentation in French barrels, where it is aged for 16-18 months. Aroma of ripe red fruit, with roasting, cocoa and balsamic notes. Powerful, intense and well-balanced; a significant tanning, sweet and soft. A very long aftertaste.
Clave de Tábula is made with the Tempranillo grape variety, from the farm “La Morejona”, which was planted in 1959 on calcareous soils and is located at over 850 m of altitude. It goes through the alcoholic fermentation in 30-hl French oak vats, then through the malolactic fermentation in French barrels, where it is aged for 12 to 14 months in 100% French oak barrels, and 3 to 6 months in 15-hl French oak foudres. It is an eminence of the Tempranillo variety, with aromas of red fruit, and marked floral and mineral shades. It has a tasty entrance in the mouth, followed by pleasant sensations of freshness that are perfectly assembled with its moderate ageing. This wine shows finesse and a distinguishing elegance.
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