Barco de Piedra 2017 Ribera del Duero DO
Item Number: 12769
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Ribera del Duero
Appellation/AVA: Ribera del Duero DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Tempranillo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Clay and limestone
Elevation: 2,400-3,200 feet
Location Notes: The three parcels that produce Barco de Piedra are located on the hillside of the Quiñón estate. The vineyards of Quiñón, 72 hectares (178 acres), are located in the heart of the western district of Ribera del Duero; 1.5 km north of the Duero River, 7 km east of legendary Vega Sicilia and 4 km west of Pesquera. The soils are 90% limestone and 10% sandy clay near the surface. The cool nights and hot days of this vineyard, located in the western area of Ribera del Duero, result in berries with thicker skins. Nowhere in Spain does Tempranillo show more intensity in aroma and color. Of the two main areas in Ribera, the western area is lower in elevation, has slightly more moderate temperatures and consistent quality because it is not as exposed to frost like the eastern side.
Winemaking Notes: During harvest, the best bunches are selected. After de-stemming and crushing, the juice macerates with the skins for 2-3 days at cool temperatures. Cold fermentation takes 11 days, and extended post-fermentation maceration is carried out for 8 days. Fermentation and malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged for 4 months in 300-liter 85% French and 15% American oak barrels that are 3 years old.
Tasting Notes: Raspberry and violet aromas with rose petal, blueberry and mineral notes make this wine. The palate shows black fruit flavors along with a meaty character. This robust red pairs well with pork, veal, steak, aged cheese, olives and more.
91pts (2019 Vintage) Vinous 2/9/2021
"Oak-spiced cherry-vanilla and dark berry scents and hints of coconut and cracked pepper. Broad and chewy on the palate, offering black currant, cherry preserve and bitter chocolate flavors and a touch of licorice. Youthfully chewy tannins lend grip to a long, spicy finish that leaves a sweet dark fruit preserve note behind. Raised in a combination of 85% French and 15% American oak."