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Ribera del Duero

Montecastro

Ribera del Duero Bottle
Appellation
Ribera del Duero
Variety
Tempranillo
Age of Vines
15
Farming
Practicing organic
Soil
Rocky clay limestone
Altitude
860–923 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, 10% whole cluster, natural yeast fermentation in concrete vats, 20 day maceration with pump overs
Aging
14 months in 225L French oak barrels, 20% new, then 4 months in vat before bottling

Overview

The rocky and chalky soils of Montecastro are at one of the highest points in the D.O. of Ribera del Duero. The potential of this site is what lured the Del Rio family to purchase the property in 2012. While previous wines made here have a rustic charm, decades of experience in running Hacienda Monasterio have taught the Del Rios how to tame the native Tinto Fino into something more elegant and precise. By including some stems in the fermentation and by reducing the time in barrel and the percentages of new wood, Montecastro is evolving into one of the best values in Ribera del Duero.

Ratings & Reviews

91

2013 Ribera del Duero

Source: WA

Castilla y Leon, Spain
  • Location
    Castilla y Leon, Spain
  • Appellation
    Ribera del Duero
  • Proprietor
    Carlos del Rio
  • Winemaker
    Carlos de la Fuente Martín & Francisco Núñez Moreno
  • Size / Elevation
    27 hectares / 860–923 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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