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Ribera del Duero
Cabernet Sauvignon, Tinta del País
Carmelo Rodero belongs to an ancient line of wine producers in the Ribera town of Pedrosa de Duero. From the time he was an adolescent, he began to invest his first earnings in new vine plantings, building up a considerable holding, even selling grapes from his then 50 hectares of vineyards to the legendary Vega Sicilia winery for 14 years. It was in 1990 that he embarked on his own project with his wife Elena. Today, a new generation has followed with daugthers Beatriz and María who have joined the winery.
Specific weather conditions characterize this part of the Ribera where Atlantic and continental influences come together with warm, dry summers and long, harsh winters leading to dramatic temperature fluctuations. Carmelo knows intimately every inch of his 140 hectares of vineyards here, his holdings divided into different terroirs in order to exploit the distinct types of loam perfectly. On average, the vines are now more than 30 years old, combining younger vinestocks with those that are more than 100 years of age. Their vineyards lie at elevations ranging from 750m in the valleys to 900m in the hills. The soils are mostly clay and chalk combined with pebbles, silts and sands.
In the winery Carmelo and his two daughters take the greatest care of the grapes simply using gravity. Techniques include 100% destemmed grapes, thorough control of the maceration and fermentation temperature, malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tank, ageing mostly in French oak (only a very small percentage of American oak is employed at the bodega) followed by a minimum bottle ageing of 3 months before release.
90% Tinta del País, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from family-owned vineyards with all vines over 30 years of age. Traditional preparation with cutting-edge temperature control techniques during fermentation and maceration. Aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 21 months, racking every 3 months. The wine undergoes 15 months maturation in French oak as well as 6 months in American oak, with bottle ageing for at least 18-24 months before release.
Extremely well-balanced with an attractive and intense deep cherry colour with light purple glints and an amberish brick rim. Particularly subtle nose with ripe fruit aromas harmoniously combined with toasty and spicy notes (vanilla and cinnamon) including roasty nuances and hints of coffee. Surprisingly feshy with a perfectly balanced acidity and a lingering finish. Round with ripe, subtle and elegant tannins together with an extremely pleasant mouthfeel. Great wine very well balanced, somehow surprising and suggestive.
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