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Barco de Piedra Ribera del Duero 750ml 2011
Sku: 36144
(WA91) A sensational value from Ribera del Duero (which rarely produces interesting wines for under $25), the 2011 Barco de Piedra is 100% Tempranillo aged five months in a combination of French ...more
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Country: Spain
Region: Castilla Y Leon
Sub-Region: Ribera del Duero
Grape Varietal: Tempranillo
Type: Still wine
Reg. $18.32
On Sale $15.93
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(WA91) A sensational value from Ribera del Duero (which rarely produces interesting wines for under $25), the 2011 Barco de Piedra is 100% Tempranillo aged five months in a combination of French and American oak (85% and 15% respectively), all three-year-old used barrels. It exhibits notes of flowers, licorice, new saddle leather, black currants and cherries. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, complex and on a fast maturity curve, it should be consumed over the next 2-3 years.
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Barco de Piedra is located in the heart of the western district of Ribera del Duero, about a mile north of the Duero River and 4 miles east of Vega Sicilia. The wines are made from organic, estate fruit grown on the hillsides of the Quinon Estate. Of the two main growing areas in Ribera, the west side, where El Quinon is located, is not as exposed to frost and enjoys more moderate temperatures. Cool nights, minimal rain and older vines produce small berries with a high skin-to-juice ratio and strong tannins, thereby diminishing the need for oak. At harvest, the fruit is sorted, de-stemmed and macerated on its skins for 2-3 days at cool temperatures for 11 days with an additional eight days of post-fermentation. The wine aged for five months in neutral 300-liter French oak (85%) and French and American oak barrels (15%).