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Characteristics of Protos Reserva
Protos Reserva is a red wine from the Ribera del Duero region produced by Bodegas Protos, a winery founded in 1927. The term ‘protos’ derives from the greek Word for ‘first’. The winery took this name since it was indeed the first winery in the Ribera del Duero region. The winery is located Peñafiel, a town in Valladolid.
The area is home to a mediterranean climate with a continental influence, characterised by little rainfall (the most occuring during spring and autumn), dry summers and long, harsh winters. Temperatures vary greatly between seasons, but also between day and night, which causes a slow ripening of the grapes.
The wine is made solely using Tinta del País (Tempranillo) grapes, which are taken from vineyards that are planted at an altitude of 750-900 metres. The harvest is carried out manually using 20kg capacity boxes.
As for the ageing process, Protos Reserva spends a minimum of 18 months in French and American oak barrels and after spends a minimum of 24 months in the bottle before being put on the market.
Serve at 17ºC
We recommend decanting before consumption
Grilled red meats, Roasts, Rice with meat, Grilled lamb, Sheep cheese, Game birds, Stew, Cold meat
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.
After a predictable winter, the weather changed in spring. Temperatures were higher than normal, which caused an early start of the grapes’ ripening cycle. The normal course of the climate at the end of spring and at the beginning of the summer, allowed the vines to recover their usual pace, and the veraison took place on the expected dates. The beginning of the harvest was slightly early due to the strong heat the grapes suffered during their ripening. However, the nice weather throughout the harvest, without rain or frost, provided grapes with an impeccable health. Wines from the 2011 vintage have a slightly higher alcohol strength than usual, with a perfect balance thanks to their natural acidity, concentration of colour and phenolic richness. For all these reasons, this vintage has been classified as excellent, offering high-quality young wines, and wines with the ideal features for their ageing.
2010 started with heavy frosts in winter and spring, causing a delay in the commencement of the growth cycle. Above all, this situation marked the vintage with a low yield harvest. This delay of the growth cycle was offset by a slightly mild but good ripening. This fact resulted in wines with greater structure, floral wines with very ripe fruit in compote, a little less acid than the 2009 vintage, but with an excellent quality and with a long life ahead. The low production and the excellent ripening helped classify this vintage as excellent.
SightBeautiful cherry red colour with maroon edges. Clean and bright, with an abundant steady-falling coloured tear.NoseComplex and elegant nose. Black fruit in harmony with elegant and noble toasted aromas. The more it is opened, the more nuances we can find.TasteIn the mouth, it is a fleshy and tasty wine with a great and well-scructured mid-palate. Sharp tannins, with a long and very persistent finish. A classic wine. Elegant, serious and full of nuances.
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SightDark cherry colour with red brick coloured edge. Vivid and bright, with dense legs that dye the glass. NoseComplex aromas of fruit with hints of vanilla, typical of the wines of Ribera del Duero. As the minutes go by, nuances of spices and roasted appear, forming a complex and elegant bouquet. Taste
Delicius and elegant wine, full of fruit and full of nuances. Velvety and smooth in mouth, with a very long aftertaste and remarkable persistence.
SightDark cherry color with border tile NoseComplex aromas of fruit with hints of vanilla, characteristic of the Ribera del Duero wines. while to the minutes go by, roasted spices nuances appear, forming a complex and elegant bouquet. On the palate the wine is velvety and meaty, full-bodied, well structured due to their fine and elegant tannins. TasteThe wood-wine union is perfect, making marriage difficult to separate and not dominated by either. Like the rest of the wines of Bodega Protos, the aftertaste is very long urging us to drink and delight with a softness characteristic of the great wines of the firm Protos.
SightDark cherry color with border tile NoseComplex aromas of fruit with hints of vanilla. As the minutes go by funds appear roasted spices and nuances, forming a complex and elegant bouquet. On the palate the wine is velvety and meaty, full-bodied, well structured due to their fine and elegant tannins. TasteThe wood-wine union is perfect, making marriage difficult to separate and not dominated either. Like the rest of the house wines, the aftertaste is very long urging us to drink and pleasing us with a softness characteristic of the great wines of the PROTOS signature.
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.
La Ribera del Duero tells us a story about an ancestral tradition that goes back to the 9th century, and which was already used my the monks of the Order of the Cistercians. A story about farms and terroirs, a large winemaking kingdom that has its roots back in the Middle Age, and whose imprint it hidden in the essence of its villages, its villas and its castle, Castillo de Peñafiel, on the of the most important fortresses of the region. Still preserved in the inside of the castle is the ageing winery of Protos, the first winery in the area, alongside Vega Sicilia, that sold bottled Ribera del Duero wines.