2013 Dominio del Aguila ''Canta La Perdiz'' Ribera del Douro

SKU #1419965 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There is a new single-vineyard bottling that was produced in tiny quantities in 2011 and 2012, to learn and understand the vineyard, and those bottles might sometimes see the light (but in homeopathic doses). But the first true 'commercial' release will be the 2013 Canta la Perdiz, of which some 1,200 bottles and a bunch of magnums were filled in June 2016. The Canta la Perdiz vineyard is in the village of La Aguilera, where all their vineyards are, and it's an old vineyard (they all are, too!) with some older and younger vines, because it seems like it was planted at two different times—one in the early 1900s, and the older vines must be 150 years old (and therefore ungrafted). Replanting was also done through the years by burying a branch from an existing vine, and therefore there are younger and older individual plants even within the same sectors. This is a south-facing vineyard that might work best in a cooler year like this 2013, while Peñas Aladas, an east-facing vineyard, might behave better in warmer years like 2012. But what's important and different here is the soil, with a type of limestone in layers (slate-like) easily penetrable by the roots, and the wines are not as austere as those from hard limestone rock. The wine is extremely elegant, perfumed and transparent, crystalline, precise and focused, refined and harmonious. (LG)  (2/2017)

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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.

Ribera del Duero

Alcohol Content (%): 14