2014 Viña de Amalio, Cillar de Silos, Ribera del Duero, Spain

2014 Viña de Amalio, Cillar de Silos, Ribera del Duero, Spain

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2014 Viña de Amalio, Cillar de Silos, Ribera del Duero, Spain

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Exquisitely crafted, the 2014 Viña de Amalio offers a perfume of black rose petals and spiced violet, amongst a refined richness of forest fruits and loganberries. The palate is seductive with sweet, silky tannins caressing the mouth, and laden with a purity of wild raspberry fruit, complemented by flavours of mulberry and blackberry. A gentle spiciness comes from underneath, notes of clove and hint of chocolate, maintained by a fresh acidity which offers a lovely precision straight through the wine to the long and moreish finish. So elegant yet with great complexity, this is an outstanding example of Tempranillo. It’s almost tempting now but I would recommend enjoying from 2020 to 2030+.
Chris Lamb, Private Account Manager

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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 Advocate93/100
The Wine Advocate93/100
I was very happy with the 2014 La Via de Amalio, as it showed less ripe and a lot less oak than in previous vintages, getting closer to what I identify with the house style here, combining power and elegance. This is a textbook, old-vine Ribera del Duero, with its 5% white grapes as it was the norm in the old times. This comes from a vineyard planted in 1964, matured in new and used 225- and 500-liter oak barrels for 17 months. 2,548 bottles were filled in June 2016.
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