The vineyards are located in the town of Mambrilla, at 849 m (2785 ft) elevation. This town is in the northern central area of the Ribera del Duero DO (Zone 2), within the province of Burgos in Castilla y León.The 11 parcels planted in 1987 are predominantly sand, clay, limestone and gravel. Juan Carlos reduces yields by thinning grape clusters from 20 to 8 per vine, and by allowing other foliage to flourish around the vines to absorb the potentially excessive water and nutrients from the soil. After selecting the best bunches, then the best berries, the grapes are de-stemmed and crushed. Maceration lasts 12 to 15 days during and after fermentation. Fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks and malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels. The wine is aged for 6 months in French and American oak barrels (2 years old).
Aromatically this wine has ripe and juicy cherries, a hint of blackberry syrup, and wet top soil. On the palate the wine is lush, with fruit focused flavors balanced out by crunchy green tannins and a satisfying bit herbaceous on the back palate.
|REGION||Castilla y LeÃ³n|
|APPELLATION||Ribera del Duero|