2013 Ruben Ramos Crianza
Ruben Ramos Crianza 2013
100% Tempranillo Grapes from the vines of the winery's own family estate.
The poor soil and harsh Spanish weather conditions combined with the passionate artisan work that goes into this wine result in a great example of why I love the Duero. I am very fortunate in meeting this family, visiting their vineyards and winery, and watching them pour their hearts into making this wine. Ruben grew up among these vines. As a child he would go exploring, sometimes climbing up to the Penafiel Castle and looking down at the Duero valley and at what would eventually be his livelihood. Standing amongst these very vines, I had the pleasure of drinking this vintage with this artisan and his beautiful family. I'm sure Ruben Jr. will be climbing up to the castle himself soon.
Region: D.O. Ribera del Duero
Varietal: 100% Tempranillo (Tinto Fino)
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are carefully harvest by hand. Traditional carbonic maceration methods in stainless steel tanks, fermenting between 77°-81°F. 12 months in 33% new French and American oak. 12 month in bottle.
Tasting Notes: Deep, dark and intensive with an elegant cherry color with ruby glints. Powerful aromas of toasted pistachios, strawberry and raspberry combined with dried fruits like peach and apricot. Complex smokey background with some elements of coffee and cacao. On the palate, it's round with good backbone, balanced tannins and a lasting finish.
Pairing Suggestions: Hard and semi-hard cheeses, hearty stews and paella.
Note: All purchases of alcoholic beverages must be made by persons over the age of 21.