2014 Hacienda Solano Ribera del Duero (Previously $18)

SKU #1311290 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The eponymous 2014 Hacienda Solano is produced with Tempranillo from the village of La Aguilera fermented in stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in oak barrels for ten months. It's a serious Tempranillo with power and ripeness keeping the freshness and balance. There are some earthy and smoky aromas too. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and good freshness. This is a very good expression of the year, ripe and fresh. Incredible good value for Ribera del Duero. (LG)  (2/2017)

K&L Notes

Based in the commune of Burgos, specifically within the village of La Aguilera, Hacienda Solano has made great strides in their wines in recent years, and they are starting to get the recognition they deserve. This wine comes from two sites, one of which features 80-year-old vines from rocky, calcareous soil, a bit higher up in elevation, and the other is from more clay predominant soils. We believe that Hacienda Solano is making some of the finest Ribera del Duero - and by extension some of Spain's best Tempranillo based wines - that we have yet to taste.

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/5/2018 | Send Email
Here is an excellent addition to our Spanish offerings! The wines of Ribera del Duero are often more hefty and intense than their neighbors in Rioja, and this wine doesn't stray from the profile. However, big and bold as this wine is, it yet retains an excellent sense of balance. The dominate force here is a great sense of terroir--cool black fruit elevated by a mineral note from the soil, and accented by a kiss of French oak. You can feel the depth and character from the old vine fruit as well. The bolder side of Tempranillo is underscored and showcased very well here.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/24/2017 | Send Email
Hacienda Solano comes from vines (many of them 80 years old) in one of the most prized vineyard towns of Ribera del Duero, La Aguilera. This fact combined with an elevage in used French barrels produces a rather dry expression of this region, marked by expressive dark fruits, limestone, and orange rind - what I often refer to as the trifecta of typical flavors for great, young Tempranillo, whether it comes from Rioja or Ribera del Duero. In Ribera, though, the structure, and tannin build of the wine sets it apart. While there is more than sufficient fruit and chalky minerality to balance out these tannins, I would not be surprised to discover a much more complete, seriously overachieving bottle of red if allowed to cellar for another several years or longer.

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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