Honest Grapes - Ribera del Duero New Wines
Having paid his dues at Domaine Romanée-Conti and Vega Sicilia, Jorge moved to the Ribera del Duero with his wife Isobel Rodero and purchased some staggeringly old 800m+ vineyards, mainly Tempranillo, with some vines over 100 years old. The vineyards are sandy clay and limestone, not unlike the Grand Crus of Vosne Romanée, and the plots are farmed organically and biodynamically, with the fruit foot-trodden before undergoing whole bunch fermentation and long aging in old French barrels. The resultant wines are unlike anything you will find in the Ribera, with breathtaking purity and elegance, ultra-fine tannins, finesse and incredible length. We are delighted to offer two of their top-level 2016s: the Dominio's Reserva and their illustrious single vineyard 'Canta La Perdiz' . A blend of predominantly Tempranillo with some Garnacha and other local varieties, the Reserva has already been awarded 97 points from the Wine Advocate's Luis Guiterrez, who enthuses about the wine's "incredible nose ... violets and something musky, intriguing, complex and nuanced, mysterious and difficult to define". Then there is the single vineyard 'Canta La Perdiz', a wine which will no doubt be talked up with the greats in the future. Made in ridiculously low quantities at 890m above sea level, the 2016 is unscored but received 98 points last year and given the strength of the vintage (the Reserva climbed from 95 to 97 in 2016), it's highly likely it will go up further - who knows, a 100-point score isn't out of the question.