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 de Duero. After a thorough search within the appellation, the village of Quintana del Pidio was selected as the source of the grapes, as it has a high proportion of old, 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. At an altitude of 850 metres above sea level, the vines have been traditionally gobelet trained for more than 30 years. The continental climate with very warm summers allows the grapes to reach full ripeness by harvest,
2014 was a very good vintage despite some unusual weather patterns across much of Spain. Spring got off to a quick start, triggering early bud break. An uncharacteristically cool and wet summer posed challenges for preventing rot, but a warm, dry September followed, resulting in some excellent fruit.
The grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed, the must was fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 25° C. The wine was then regularly pumped over the cap to obtain the maximum concentration of primary aromas. It was aged in French oak barrels for 14 months, followed by 12 months bottle ageing.
This wine is intense cherry red in colour. On the nose it has rich aromas of cherry, red berries and flowers integrated with notes of toasted oak, liquorice, fennel and vanilla. Hints of chocolate and coffee gives this wine a rustic yet satisfying finish.