Spain - Ribera del Duero
From the Winery:
"The fruit is sourced from a variety of vineyard sites around Ribera del Duero. In Olivares del Duero and Quintanilla de Arriba, the soils are calcareous. In Peñafiel, the soils become sandier. Near Burgos (Gumiel de Mercado), further east, the sites are at their highest elevations and the soils are sandy with alluvial and marl components. Each site is selected for its altitude, latitude and soil composition. Fifty percent of these vineyards are prephylloxera and have very old vines. A blend of 90% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 10% Merlot, fermentation occurs in very small stainless steel vats. The wine is then aged in French and American barrels for 12 months"
Wine Enthusiast Review:
"After an aromatic opening that includes wet leather, rubber and brine, this wine finds its stride, and while it's firmly tannic, the flavors of dark fruits, tomato, herbs, tobacco and cured meats do the trick. It gets better the longer it sits; drink now but give it as much air as possible."