2012 Pinna Fidelis Vendimia Seleccionada Ribera del Duero

SKU #1388692 97 points Decanter

 Fine, focussed bouquet, fresh despite its age, with complex cherry and mocha notes. Very impressive! The palate is round and stylish with sweet fruit backed by grainy textured tannins; long and powerful. A great Ribera del Duero hitting its peak. Exemplary from start to finish.  (9/2018)

91 points James Suckling

 Quite a complex, mature nose with earthy and balsamic vinegar notes, leading into a ripe and rich palate with supple tannins and good length. Drink now.  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

Based in the village of Peñafiel, at the eastern edge of the Valladolid province's famed "Golden Mile" along the N-122, Pinna Fidelis produces richly fruited, sumptuous Ribera del Duero wines based on tinto fino grown in primarily calcareous clay parcels at altitudes up to 900 meters above sea level. The vendimia seleccionada comes primarily from their vineyards located south of the Duero river, in soils that have a high proportion limestone. Following a rather long fermentation and post fermentative maceration period of around 40 days, the wine is then racked to primarily new barrels where it undergoes malolactic fermentation, and then finishes ageing for another 16 months in barrel.


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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2019 | Send Email
Full bodied, generously fruited and perfectly balanced with meaty, savory notes, this is a wonderful Ribera del Duero that has entered its prime drinking window. It is grown in 30-year-old vineyards, primarily those at altitude on the south side of the Duero river, in clay and stony soils that contain large amounts of limestone. This produces later ripening fruit, with balanced levels of acidity that enable improvement with bottle age. Pair this with grilled lamb chops and some crisp, Hasselback potatoes topped with chopped rosemary for a delicious meal and memorable food and wine match.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Ribera del Duero

Alcohol Content (%): 15