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.
Regarding climate, the 2012 vintage started with the sprouting of the vines in the beginning of spring with the cooler temperatures. In May, generous rainfall and high temperatures gave way to a generalised drought throughout the summer. Luckily, the rains started at the onset of the ripening. The precipitations at the beginning of October, and the nice temperatures during the harvest, resulted in the a uniform phenolic ripening. The wines from this vintage have a good alcoholic strength, balanced by moderate levels of acidity, with a good colour and phenolic intensity, and a suitable level of tannins, all important features for a perfect ageing.
Powerful colour. Bright trim, clear and bright. Nose
Lactic and vanilla tones combined with hints of fruit. Notes of oak and varietal aromas. Good balance between fruit and wood. Taste
Smooth and balanced. With fine tannins and long thin aftertaste. Very elegant.
Very intense and bright cherry colour with violet edges. Clean and bright. Nose
It has clean, intense and concentrated aromas, in which a good balance between the notes of fruit and wood is noticed. The notes of vanilla melt with aromas of ripe fruit, black fruit and berries. Some leather and liquorice notes provided during its ageing in French oak barrels are also noticed. Taste
This Spanish wine has a soft mid palate, but coats the mouth with balanced flavours. Some refined tannins are also felt, which will make this wine's life longer. Finally, a long and elegant finish with a nice after-taste is noticed. A great red wine.
Very intense, bright cherry colour with purple edges. Clean and bright. Nose
Clean, intense, concentrated nose with a good balance between the fruit and the wood. Vanilla melts with ripe black forest fruits and notes of leather and liquorice from its ageing in French oak. Taste
Smooth in the mouth, filling the palate with balanced flavours and fine tannins, increasing its life. A long and elegant finish and aftertaste. A great red wine.
Intense cherry colour with purple reflections. Bright. Dense and abundant legs. Nose
Expressive and intense aromas. The notes of ripe (red and black) fruit are very well balanced with the aromas provided by the oak: toasted, cream, milk, leather and a touch of licorice. A very elegant bouquet. Taste
Large attack. Soft, velvety and delicious mid palate. The flavors found in nose are displayed in a good balance with its subtle spicy hints. Ripe and refined tannins. Long and persistent finish.
An round wine. Elegant, very nice and friendly.
Intense and bright cherry colour of medium depth and skinny legs.
Very honest wine, with a good balance between fruit and wood, in which dairy and vanilla notes are merged with ripe black and red forest fruits. Cocoa and roasted scents emerge over the time.
Soft, fresh, wide and tasty palate, filled with balanced flavours (with repeated nasal sensations), with fine tannins that contribute to protect the life of the wine. Long and very elegant finish and aftertaste typical of the great wines of Ribera del Duero.
Intense bright cherry color with piping cardinal still
It is very honest with a good balance fruit-wood, which tones blend of lactic and ripe fruit with vanilla, black fruits and forest. Outstanding notes of leather and liquorice that mix with French oak aromas and varietal notes. Taste
The passage of the mouth is soft but full palate of balanced flavors (which are repeated nasal sensations) and also felt some fine tannins that will help prolong his life, ending with a finish and a very long aftertaste elegant.