Carmelo Rodero - Spain
Pago de Valtarrena 2016
Vintage : 2016
Grapes : Tempranillo
ABV : 14.0%
Producer : Carmelo Rodero
Region : Ribera del Duero, Spain
From the family-owned vineyards of Valtarreña, with vines 45 to 55 years old. The specific genetic characteristics of the stocks and the special microclimate of the plots yield an exceptional aging with truly mild tannins. s. Limestone-clay soils and fresh sands.
Grown using bush-trained and trellis systems, the stocks yield merely some 3,500 kg per hectare (1,400 kg per acre). The grapes are harvested by hand into 12-kg boxes. Primary fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats, completed with malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. The wines are aged for 24 months in 225-liter French oak barrels of select grain and an average age of a year and a half.
A powerful sweet red wine, soft and opulent. An iron fist in a velvet glove. Visually enchanting, it gives us a glimpse that we’re talking serious business here. Sharp, bright cherry color. Practically rimless, it augurs a long life.
On the nose we can find an intense and delightful range of aromas. Scents of ripe black fruit mix with toasted notes as well as leather and coffee. As it opens, spicy fragrances –deep, intense and persistent– come to mind.
On the palate it is extremely meaty, savory, velvety, well structured, fresh and endowed with great balance. Hints of blackberries, milk coffee candy, shady forests, pipe tobacco, minerals… It is a wine with a plethora of sensations, which linger on and on, as the finish is very, very long lasting.