Pagos de Anguix

Barrueco 2018

Ribera del Duero

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Barrueco is mostly aged in French oak for more than a year, which contributes to the profile of this intense wine with nuances of red and black fruit embellished with floral, balsamic, and vanilla notes. A magnificent wine that will improve with bottle aging over the next 10 years.

 

Vineyard

The vines, which are 25 to 30 years old, are planted on calcareous clay soil. The yield control in the vineyard is exhaustive, drastically limiting the production with very severe cluster thinning to achieve maximum quality. Cold nights allow for slow ripening, while late harvest help reach full phenolic ripening. Patience and wisdom have resulted in elegant wines that express the authentic richness of this exceptional terroir. All the grapes are harvested by hand, selecting the best bunches with optimal balance in flavor, sugar levels, and acidity.

Winemaking

The team performs an artisanal and low-intervention style of winemaking. The grapes are hand-picked and carefully selected before being destemmed and transferred to stainless steel tanks. A 15-day maceration is carried out at a low temperature of 42°F, before fermentation, allowing for the delicate extraction of color and flavor compounds from the grape skins without extracting the bitter and harsher tannins. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is transferred to extra fine grain oak barrels (85% French and 15% American) to age for at least 15 months. By carefully selecting the barrels that are most suitable for each specific parcel and vintage, the wine will be able to mature in the optimal way.

Vintage

A vintage marked by freshness and poise. Following the difficult 2017 vintage, the region rebounded with a swell of promising wines. While cool and moderate climatically, grapes were able to reach physiological ripeness slowly and evenly, resulting in an approachable and homogeneous vintage. The balanced acidity is remarkable, the result of a vintage with particularly cool climate conditions.

Tasting Notes

The intense, brilliant, red color of the wine still displays characteristically youthful hints of purple. A very complex and intense nose on first impression. Distinct notes of toasted almonds and hazelnuts over deep undertones of red fruit. Notes reminiscent of vanilla, coffee, and cocoa appear as the wine gradually opens up, along with echoes of cedar, tobacco leaves, and more cocoa. The tannins impart a sense of great structure and depth, complemented by very refreshing, good, mineral acidity. The velvety texture and wonderful viscosity envelop the palate in delightful sensations. Long on the finish, with echoes of fruit and distinct spicy notes. It has a great structure and depth, complemented by very refreshing mineral acidity.

Color

Red

Grape Varieties

Tempranillo

Appellation

Ribera del Duero

Farming

Organic

Alcohol

15%

Suggested Retail Price

$50

Trade Materials

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