2009 Torresilo, Cillar de Silos, Ribera del Duero

2009 Torresilo, Cillar de Silos, Ribera del Duero

Product: 20091365353
2009 Torresilo, Cillar de Silos, Ribera del Duero

Description

Torresilo is a powerful, old-vine Tempranillo from outstanding vineyard plots in the Ribera del Duero and it spends 16 months in new French oak barrels. A further interesting piece of trivia to ponder as one pours a generous glass of this deep, dark and broodingly powerful wine is that some of the vines which offer up their fruit are on pre-phylloxera rootstock.

This is sure to raise a few eyebrows amongst the hardened oenophiles among you and is perhaps worth tasting for that reason alone! However that would do the wine a disservice, as the ripe damson, nutmeg and mocha aromas hold great promise which is fulfilled by a palate, generous and elegant yet restrained. The finish is mineral and leaves the drinker with questions that can only be answered by pouring another glass.
Nicholas Stewart - Wine Buying Department
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Cillar de Silos

Cillar de Silos

If one recalls one’s history, one will remember that it was the marriage of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile that set Spain on its road to unity. This is a somewhat whimsical introduction to Bodegas Cillar de Silos, which is located in the heart of Castille, Ribera del Duero to be precise, but owned and run by the brothers and sister team of Oscár, Roberto and Amelia Aragón.

They also manage the El Quintanal Estate in neighbouring wine region Rueda and are thus perfectly located for both red and white wine making, demonstrating all that is great about, respectively, Verdejo and Tempranillo as grape varieties.

The Aragóns define the House Philosophy with the words ‘purity, fruit, low yields, long ageing and hand selection’. The wines are finely crafted but demonstrably Spanish, which is good news!

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Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

A high quality red wine grape that is grown all over Spain except in the hot South - it is known as Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero, Cencibel in La Mancha and Valdepenas and Ull de Llebre in Catalonia. Its spiritual home is in Rioja and Navarra where it constitutes around 70% of most red blends.

Tempranillo-based wines tend to have a spicy, herbal, tobacco-like character accompanied by ripe strawberry and red cherry fruits. It produces fresh, vibrantly fruit driven "jovenes" meant for drinking young. However Tempranillo really comes into its own when oak aged, as with the top Riojas  where its flavours seem to harmonise perfectly with both French and American oak, producing rich, powerful and concentrated wines which can be extraordinarily long-lived.

In Ribera del Duero it generally sees less oak - the exception being Vega Sicilia where it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and then aged for an astonishing 7 years in oak and is unquestionably one of the world`s greatest wines.

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Critics reviews

The Wine Advocate91/100
The Wine Advocate91/100
I recommend the 2009 Torresilo: pure Tempranillo from Quintana del Pidio raised for 16 months in new French oak. Here, there is abundant fruit to support the oak. The nose is well defined and full of plush, dark cherries and blueberry. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent red cherries and creme de cassis, fanning out nicely toward the velvety finish that does not put a foot wrong. The oak is obvious, but very well-knitted into the fruit profile. Excellent! Drink now-2016.
Neal Martin - 28/02/2013 Read more