This is the most unconventional winery within the Zamora Company (which also owns Ramon Bilbao and Mar de Frades). Launched in the 2003 vintage, Cruz de Alba is a single-vineyard project based on Finca Los Hoyales, a property that extends over 40 hectares in Padilla de Duero, on Ribera del Duero’s “Golden Mile”.
The plots that make up the estate were purchased from different owners between 2003 and 2005. The oldest vineyard dates back to 1963 and is destined to the top wine Finca Los Hoyales. Further plantings were made in 1989 and 2003. Tempranillo is the dominant grape variety although there are small pockets of Merlot and Cabernet in the vineyard. Poor, sandy soils on limestone are the norm, although there are zones with more presence of clay and loam soils that produce wines with more structure.
Cruz de Alba stands out among the wineries in the group - and in Ribera del Duero more generally - because of its marked use of biodynamics.
Dark cherry red colour with a garnet rim. The nose is very strong, with aromas of black fruit, nuances of toast, vanilla and a hint of spice. Very complex and delicate, crisp with an elegant structure rounded tannins and a very long persistent finish.