D.O. RIBERA DEL DUERO - SPAIN
Region/ Sub-Region: Spain, Castillo y Leon, Ribera del Duero
Grapes: 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), younger vines under 20 years old.
Soil: Sand and Clay.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed and pressed. Long maceration about 24 days on skins. Temperature controlled fermentation done in stainless steel.
Aging: 6 months in French Oak barrels, 6 months in American Oak barrels of 2nd and 3rd use. After that will remain 12 months in bottle before release.
Nose: Aromas of fresh fruit, underscored by notes of cedar, and licorice, with elegant mineral
Taste: On the palate it’s powerful, fruity, menthol, cocoa, toasted coffee, and minerals with noble tannins. Powerful and enveloping in the mouth, with a very long finish.
Color: An exuberant wine with a deep, ruby-red color.
Gastronomy: Grilled steaks, braised meats like lamb and beef short ribs, stews and hearty dishes.
Talking About the Wines:
-Wine Advocate, Jan ‘23 gave 91 points to 2020 El Pedrosal Crianza (red). “The 2020 El Pedrosal, which is sold under the brand Cepa Gavilán, wants to be a balanced, fresh and Atlantic red produced with Tinto Fino. It matured in’ barrel for 12 months and has 14.5% alcohol and good acidity and freshness. The wine introduces the serious and classical wine style with ripeness, austerity and balance with typical rusticity and unusual elegance, a medium to full-bodied palate and fine tannins.”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, May ‘22 gave 93 points to 2019 El Pedrosal Crianza (red). “2019 Ribera del Duero El Pedrosal Crianza (Best Buy) Aside from feeling pure and tasting fresh and delicious, there’s dimension to this wine in its weave of spices and notes of fresh cherries and cherry leaves. The acidity and tannins pull back on all the fruit, creating a rich undertow. This is young-vine tempranillo showing off its provenance without ambitions.”
-Dr. Owen Bargreen, Oct ‘21 gave 91 points to 2018 El Pedrosal Crianza (red). “Showing off its deep core, the ‘El Pedrosal’ reveals tilled soil flavors with ripe blackberry and huckleberry and firm tannins holding everything in place on the palate. Fresh with bright acidity, enjoy this excellent value over the next five to seven years.”