2008 Asenjo y Manso Crianza Ribera del Duero

SKU #1121758

This is impressive Ribera del Duero from an up and coming producer in La Horra, towards the eastern limit of the D.O. Working exclusivingly with old vine, en vaso (bush trained) Tempranillo, Asenjo y Manso manages to coax lots of flavor out of their fruit, without sacrificing classic Ribera del Duero typicity. Their 2008 crianza shows the admirable balance and structure of the vintage: dark fruits combine with mineral, some wood notes and balanced tannins to create a wine that is drinking well now, and will certainly continue to improve for another several years. The wine is organically farmed and fermented on native yeast.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Ribera del Duero

Alcohol Content (%): 14
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