Los Cantos - $17.00
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Organic and aged in oak for a full year, this Spanish red shows beautiful lilac vanilla on the nose with rich plum and blackberry flavors on the palate. From one of the region's oldest and most reputable producers. If you like CA cabs but want something a little more food friendly, this one is right up your alley.
This wine is made from 100% Tempranillo, from organically farmed vineyards. Los cantos refers to rounded river stones which appear in all of the vineyards used as fruit sources for this wine. Five different parcels contributed grapes to the blend with an average age of the vines being 25 years. 2 parcels have sandy subsoils which give more alcohol and ripeness to the blend. The other three parcels have clay subsoils leading to higher natural acids in the ripe grapes. Parcels were chosen based on aromatic and structural traits.
The move to organic viticulture at the estate seeks to reinforce the specific terroir of this estate, one of the oldest producers of red wines in Ribera del Duero.
The grapes see 4 days of pre-fermentation maceration with twice daily pumpovers, looking to increase aromas in the finished wine. On the fourth day during pumpovers the must is oxygenated to help the strictly native yeast to begin fermentation. After fermentation, there are 4 pump-overs daily for 4 days and then the skins are removed. Malolactic fermentation occurs in tank and then the wine is racked to barrel. The blend is assembled after 12 months in French oak barrels, 1/3 of which were new and which were coopered on site.