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Characteristics of Torre de Golbán Crianza
Torre de Golbán Crianza is a red wine from the D.O Ribera del Duero produced by the Dominio de Atauta winery. This wine is made using only Tempranillo grapes.
The grapes used to make Torre de Golbán Crianza come from vineyards that are between 60 and 80 years old and are situated at 900 metres above sea level. The vines grow on sandy loam soils and the area is characterised by a continental climate with mediterranean influences.
After the harvest has been carried out and the grapes are transported to the winery, the grapes are destemmed and lightly pressed. Following this, they undergo fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature.
Torre de Golbán Crianza then ages for a minimum of one year in French oak barrels, 70% used 30% new. The wine is then bottled without being stabilised.
The Dominio de Atauta winery is situated in the province of Soria, located at 900-1000 metres above sea level. It overseas over 600 plots among which 15 hectares belong to the winery itself. From their old vines, most of them are even pre-phylloxera.
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.
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.
Dominio de Atauta is a relatively new project. Since the beginning, its aim has been to express all the character of the Valley of Atauta, at 1,000 metres of altitude, in the province of Soria. Here, some of their wines are made from pre-phylloxera vineyards of Tinto Fino and some others from vines that are over 85 years old. Relying on this phyolosphy and adding an excellent human factor to the unique conditions of the terroir, the wines from Dominio de Atauta have managed to place themselves among the most renowned ones, within an outstanding Denomination of Origin like Ribera del Duero.