Finca Villacreces, Pruno Ribera del Duero 2017

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Spain

  • Region:

    Ribera del Duero

  • ABV:

    13.50%

  • Grape:

    Tempranillo

  • Grape Blend:

    Tempranillo 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%

  • Winemaker:

    Llu�s Laso

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Finca Villacreces Pruno Ribera del Duero 2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

This wine is deep, black cherry in colour. Aromas of red fruit with oaky toffee hints from the ageing in French barrels give way to a sweet and fruit-driven wine on the palate. With elements of ripe fruits and liquorice, this wine has a pleasant and soft finish.

Production Notes

The Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were fermented separately in small stainless steel tanks. The two varieties were then aged separately in fine-grained, French oak barrels (Taransaud and Darnajou) for 12 months after which the final blend was assembled and the wine bottled.

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Producer Profile

Finca Villacreces was described by Robert Parker as the hidden jewel in Ribera del Duero. The estate is based at the heart of the Ribera del Duero DO, forming part of the golden mile along with its immediate neighbour Vega Sicilia to the west, Pingus and other such high-profile estates. Located in Quintanilla de Onesimo, the stunning estate was purchased by the Anton family of Izadi in 2003 and the resulting wines, made by winemaker Angel Ortega together with Luis Laso, are deep, dark and focused in style. The vineyards follow what is called integrated viticulture, with canopy management and the use of natural treatments, instead of artificial chemicals. The myriad combinations of sand, gravel, shingle and quartz soils encourage low yields of intensely flavoured grapes (yields are around three tonnes per hectare, and only two kilos per vine). The estate sits at 735 metres above sea level and comprises 64 hectares. 85% of the vineyards are planted with Tempranillo (mostly on sand, which gives an attractive fleshiness to the wines), with 5% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon (mostly on the quartz and shingle, giving more mineral complexity). Pruno was developed by the team at Villacreces a few years ago with the intention of making a Ribera del Duero that could be enjoyed earlier than their icon wine. The Ribera del Duero, which is a step up in concentration, depth and complexity has a red and black fruit character that has hints of spice, vanilla and liquorice before giving way to a smooth, rounded texture and fresh acidity on the palate. Nebro, the single vineyard wine, is named after the 1.2 hectare site of the estate's oldest Tempranillo vines (planted in 1917), which lies just three metres from Vega Sicilia. It is produced only in exceptional vintages and in very limited quantities, just five barrels.