The denomination of Origin Rioja has been for many years the symbol of Spanish red wines abroad. Today this situation is still in force in some countries with an extensive wine culture, as is the case with France.
Interestingly, this dominant position has no direct relation to the history and age of the vineyards. Spain has ancient vines with a remarkable history, but indeed the Rioja wines are not that antique, they are a creation from the XIX century with a powerful French influence.
Today Spanish wine lovers are often divided, about red wine, among the enthusiasts of Rioja and the lovers of other excellent wines from the Ribera del Duero. The first ones are in general those that appreciate the French taste and the wines of subtle aromas, while the other ones are considered more authentically Spanish in the palate.
In the Ribera del Duero, it is necessary to go back no less than 2,500 years ago to find the first wine references in the area. In the town of Baños de Valdearados, there is a must-visit Roman mosaic with allegories of the god Bacchus.
As for the most recent period corresponding to the creation of the PDO, the first regulatory Council was established in 1980, in order to guarantee the authenticity of the submitted wines.
The nature of Ribera del Duero wines is partly due to climate and geology. The vineyards are in the upper Castilian plateau (meseta), with an environment characterized by a moderate-low rainfall, dry summers and long and rigorous winters and with marked oscillations.
The bulldozed plinth is covered with tertiary sediments. In the soils, we find mostly silty or clayey sands.
All this allows each wine to be truly unique, with a few general organoleptic characteristics that can help to identify the specific character of the wines of this denomination of origin.
Fermented wine in the absence of the grape skin, can be enjoyed shortly after the harvest.
It has a pink strawberry tone, with notable nuances of pink currant and faint iridescence violaceous in a thin layer.
Fruity aromas with nuances of wild berries and ripe fruit.
To the palate, it is fruity and fresh, manifesting an attractive acidity.
Wine with a barrel step under 12 months. Released to the market a few months after the harvest.
It shows a very intense cherry red with bluish, indigo, violet and purple edges. In the nose, it has dense primary aromas, in the range of ripe fruit and wild berries (blackberry, blackberry, Raspberry)
Wine which has remained for at least 12 months in oak casks, produced after 1st October on the second year after the harvest.
It has colors that evolve from an intense pillory to the red cherry. Outstanding violet Tones. They feature a fierce fruit base, its aroma joins with the nuances of noble wood, ranging from the spices of vanilla, licorice or clove, to toast and roasted.
Wine with 36 months of aging shared between barrels and bottle, serving a minimum of 12 months in casks. In the market after the 1st of December of the third year after the harvest.
Slow chromatic evolution and intense layer, its tonalities vary from garnet red to ruby red.
TINTO GRAN RESERVA
These are the great wines of the PDO Ribera del Duero, the wines which have taken the local brands to a glorious status worldwide. Wines of exceptional quality with the minimum aging of 60 months, with at least 24 in the barrel, followed and complemented with 36 in a bottle. They cannot reach the market before the 1st of December on the fifth year after the harvest.
High layers based on the Cherry red, which lead us to appreciate a wide range of shades: from the red Garnet to the ruby, until you reach its subtle nuances tile in thinner layers. These wines present the most complex aromas: toast, hardwoods, and spices.
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