2012 Alfredo Maestro Tejero, Tinto Castrillo de Duero, Spain.
Coming from 70+ year old Tinto Fino (100% Tempranillo) grown at elevation on clay, loamy soils in Burgos, Ribera del Duero from a single vineyard parcel called La Ladera using all natural techniques and about 20% whole cluster in fermentation. I always am drawn to this wine and have been a fan for many years now, this is special stuff from a great guy and super winemaker. A Ribera del Duero, though because of his rebellious nature, Alfredo Maestro chooses not to label it as such after lengthy arguments with Ribera del Duero rule makers, but if anything that even makes this wine even more interesting and noteworthy. Alfredo follows his own path and passions in making his natural wines and should be admired for crafting wines of unique distinction and quality, and this Tinto, made from very old all organic Tempranillo vines and no new wood is beautiful, detailed and rich in flavor. The nose is spice and plumy with red fruits, figs and cedar notes leading to a palate of dark cherry, blackberry and currant fruits with licorice and English toffee notes. This lush and refined Tempranillo is graceful, with smooth tannins, round texture and a lengthy finish.
($28 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive
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