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Protos Selección El Grajo Viejo

Protos Selección El Grajo Viejo
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Power, elegance and expression

Protos Selección El Grajo Viejo
Red wine Reserva. 18 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Tinto Fino
Designation of Origin: D.O. Ribera del Duero
Production area: Castilla y León
Winery: Protos
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 14.5%
Red wine Reserva. 18 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Tinto Fino
D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)
Winery: Protos
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 14.5%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of Protos Selección El Grajo Viejo

Protos Selección El Grajo Viejo is a red wine made by Protos with the Tinto Fino variety in Ribera de Duero.

Protos, which means first in Greek, was founded in 1927 as the first winery in Ribera de Duero. A future-focussed project that is known around the world for its emphasis on high quality. A great project that already has two wineries in Ribera: Peñafiel (Valladolid) and Anguix (Burgos), where they make their crianza and reserva reds, and another one in Rueda: La Seca (Valladolid), where they make white wines using the Verdejo variety. In terms of buildings, Protos has spectacular facilities. The building has even been awarded the Pritzker architecture prize for its great functional design.

Protos Selección El Grajo Viejo comes from very old vines that are over 70 years old and lie more than 800 m above sea level. They practice traditional agriculture and produce a low yield of 1,500 kilograms per hectare. The harvest is carried out manually in 20 kg boxes and carefully selected in the vineyard.

In the winery, the Protos Selección El Grajo Viejo grapes pass over the selection table, berry by berry, before being destemmed. Then alcoholic fermentation and maceration take place in 500 l French oak barrels for 24 days at a temperature of 28ºC. Finally, malolactic fermentation and aging take place over 18 months in new French oak barrels from three different coopers.

Protos Selección El Grajo Viejo is a great limited production Ribera wine that reveals the full power, elegance and expression of a truly unique terroir.
Serve at 16ºC
Contains sulphites
We recommend decanting before consumption
Pairing
Mature cheese, Roasts, Red meat with sauce, Stew, Roasted red meats, Iberian ham, Game birds, Rice with meat

Tasting notes Protos Selección El Grajo Viejo

Protos Selección El Grajo Viejo 2015 is a concentrated red wine with pronounced aromas of ripe black fruit and violets, interspersed with a wide range of spices, lactic notes and hints of bitter cocoa and toffee. On the palate it has a broad and bulky entrance, a long, powerful and silky mid-palate and a persistent and spicy finish.
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.
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.
Sight Intense and deep dark cherry colour with violet reflections. Bright and clean wine with elegant tears. Nose Very expressive, elegant and complex wine with intense notes of expressive ripe red and black fruit, with a touch of liquor, mixed with a wide range of spices with creamy milky notes and hints of bitter chocolate and toffee. When it opens up, its good balsamic nuances, its intense smoked aromas and its subtle floral notes are also released on a great mineral background. Taste Wine with a wide and bulky attack and a very long, tasty, powerful mid palate with a full-bodied and silky texture. Its intense finish shows an intense minerality. Elegant and refined tannins are still noticeable. Good acidity. Long and very persistent aftertaste which leaves great spicy sensations.  A wine with character and personality.
Sight Intense and deep dark cherry colour with violet reflections. Bright and clean wine with elegant tears. Nose Very expressive, elegant and complex wine with intense notes of expressive ripe red and black fruit, with a touch of liquor, mixed with a wide range of spices with creamy milky notes and hints of bitter chocolate and toffee. When it opens up, its good balsamic nuances, its intense smoked aromas and its subtle floral notes are also released on a great mineral background. Taste Wine with a wide and bulky attack and a very long, tasty, powerful mid palate with a full-bodied and silky texture. Its intense finish shows an intense minerality. Elegant and refined tannins are still noticeable. Good acidity. Long and very persistent aftertaste which leaves great spicy sensations.  A wine with character and personality.
Sight Cherry colour with violet trims. Good legs.
Nose Elegance and intensity. Ripe fruits appear along with smoky and toasted notes (provided by the oak) with touches of toffee and chocolate.
Taste A wine with a very wide attack. Tasty, powerful and balanced. Ripe tannins. Long and persistent.
Sight Cherry red color with violet tones.
Nose Ripe fruits with smoky nuances. Taste The mouth is wide and tasty.

Ratings

  • Peñin 95
  • Parker 90
  • Peñin 93
  • Decántalo 92
  • Parker 90
  • Peñin 94
  • Decántalo 90
  • Parker 90
  • Peñin 91
  • Winespectator 90
  • Decántalo 90
  • Peñin 89

Ratings for the vintages from D.O. Ribera del Duero

2017 Very good
2016 Very good
2015 Excellent
2014 Very good
2013 Good
2012 Very good
2011 Excellent
2010 Excellent
2009 Excellent
2008 Very good
2007 Very good
2006 Good
2005 Very good
2004 Excellent
2003 Very good
2002 Very good
2001 Very good
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Designation of Origin D.O. Ribera del Duero

Winery Protos

Ribera del Duero wine is one of the most prestigious wines in Spain. Red wines made with Tinto Fino variety grapes, with highly complex aromas, fine on the palate and with a great storage capacity. The wines of Ribera del Duero present a perfect balance between the vividness of the fruit and the refinement of the wood, which has led to them obtaining a well-deserved international acclaim.

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Imágenes y situación D.O. Ribera del Duero

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.

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