Juan & Ricardo Esteban
Ribera del Duero
Albillo, Tinta del País
Hand harvest in 20 pounds boxes.
Petit Verdot, Syrah, Tempranillo: hand harvested in September with 13,5-14 % potencial alcohol. Very short maceration for little extraction. Gentle press in Pneumatic press. Malolactic fermentation in new and second wine oak barrel. Aged in the same barrel for forteen months before blending with Pedro Ximenez.
Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and dried violets follow through to a medium-to full-bodied palate with firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Needs a year or two to soften, but serious.