2016 Viña de Amalio, Cillar de Silos, Ribera del Duero, Spain

2016 Viña de Amalio, Cillar de Silos, Ribera del Duero, Spain

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2016 Viña de Amalio, Cillar de Silos, Ribera del Duero, Spain

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Only 2,400 bottles were made of this wine in 2016 which comes from 75-year-old vines planted on their own roots. There is less clay here and more limestone than the other Cillar de Silos vineyards and that really comes across in this perfectly poised Viña de Amalio. The fruit is oh-so-sweet with a really luscious feel to it, yet the structure is all there, framing the waves of succulent berries and incredibly fine but gentle tannins. That energising limestone comes back in the mineral linearity of this wine; it is long, rewarding and simply beautiful. Given its forward character, this should be drinking from its arrival next year, however it will also improve and hold for over a decade (we recently tasted a 2007 which was rather wonderful now). In our opinion, this is the best Viña de Amalio to date, and a more than worthy addition to your cellar. Drink 2019-2032.
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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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