2013 Hacienda Solano Vinas Viejas Ribera del Duero (Previously $30)

SKU #1311291 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Selección Viñas Viejas is a mixture of Tempranillo grapes from multiple small plots of old vines in the village of La Aguilera, where the family has the vineyards and the winery. There is low alcohol and very good freshness here, despite the fact that it was harvested in mid-October. It matured in oak barrels for one year. 2013 was a challenging vintage, a cool year, but with problems of botrytis during the harvest, so it was necessary to sort and select thoroughly, and they even sold some grapes. The old vines are harvested earlier, and these were the grapes for this wine, which has an herbal freshness and some spicy and earthy notes with some oak in the background. The palate is medium to full-bodied, but with very good freshness that makes it feel lighter and easier to drink, quite accessible with fruit at the forefront. It developed a note of orange peel with time in the glass. A very good wine for the year. (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 that they deserve. This old vine bottling sees a bit more time in oak than the 2014, though compared to other wines from the region and vintage, it has to be one of the best balanced between fruit and oak we have seen. 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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- 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.


- 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.

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