This wine has rapidly become our 'go-to', affordable Ribera. Riberas have a tendency to be pretty pricey (low yields and quantities produced) and this represents tremendous value for money for this level of quality. At a recent Spanish tasting here in Perth, it saw universal approval and great sales!
Bodegas LAN’s motivation to expand into other regions in Spain led to the Marqués de Burgos project in Ribera del Duero. After a very thorough search within the appellation, the village of Quintana del Pidio was selected as the source of the grapes, as it enjoys a very high proportion of very old and gnarled vines. These ancient vines produce very low yields (around three tonnes per hectare), giving rise to wines with concentration, intense colour and smooth tannins.
The vineyard is in the province of Burgos, in the area of La Horra, La Aguilera and Quintana del Pidio. With an altitude of 700 metres, the vines have been traditionally Gobelet trained for more than 30 years. The continental climate with very warm summers allows grapes to easily reach excellent ripeness levels during the growing season.
The wine is intense cherry red. On the nose, it displays rich aromas of cherry, red berries and flowers integrated with notes of toasted oak, liquorice, fennel and vanilla. Hints of chocolate and coffee give this wine a rustic yet satisfying finish.