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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?Estate bottled white Ribera made with the oldest vines on the estate, until now unseen and practically forgotten. Gravity fed winemaking, 4 months of battonage, and elevage in French oak give the wine an aristocratic, elegant profile.
RATING HISTORY:2020 94 T Atkin; 2019 93 WA
GRAPE:100% Albillo, planted in 1940.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:24-hour maceration with the skins. Native yeast fermentation in stainless steel, racked by gravity to a mixture of new and used 500L French oak. Gravity is a critical component in Juan Carlos's winemaking. The philosophy is always to be gentle in extracting. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel and malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, 50% new and 50% 1 year old, with 4 months of lees contact and battonage.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The vineyards are located in the town of Mambrilla, at 849 meters (2,785 ft.) elevation. They lie within the northern central area of the Ribera del Duero DO (Zone 2), in the province of Burgos in Castilla y León. The vineyard's topsoil is composed of clay and limestone and the subsoil is gravel. The area's climate has an average temperature from April-October of 60.5F and the average annual rainfall is 18.9 inches. An extreme Continental climate, with cool nights and hot days with moderately low rainfall, provides a longer ripening period, and results in wines with greater complexity and more expressive, intense aromas. Harvest usually begins the first week of October and ends by mid-month.
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