2017 Dominio Del Aguila Albillo Vinas Viejas BlancoAlbillo from Spain
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The vines grow on one of the oldest vineyards in the municipality of La Aguilera at an altitude of approx. 880m. The vines sometimes reach an age of over 100 years and some of ...
- 96 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
96 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The white 2017 Albillo Viñas Viejas comes from the toughest harvest in recent years a growing season marked by severe frosts followed by a warm summer and an early harvest. Despite everything the wine is only 13% alcohol and has a pH of 3.14 meaning there's a lot of freshness here despite being harvested after some of the earlier reds. The grapes come from organically farmed vines at an average of 880 meters in altitude in the village of La Aguilera where the soils are rich in red clay limestone and sand. This is the Albillo Mayor from Ribera del Duero unrelated to the other Albillo (Real Criollo...) from vines that are over 100 years old some ungrafted. The clusters were foot trodden and the juice put in oak casks to ferment slowly with indigenous yeasts and without stirring the lees or anything using minimum doses of sulfur. The wine matured in oak barrels for 35 months before it was hand bottled without being filtered or fined. This has a very Burgundian profile—it's aromatic expressive open smoky spicy and flinty. But this overdelivers for the adverse conditions of the harvest; it has very good balance and is tasty intense and chalky not quite reaching the electricity of the 2016 but it has its character. This is approachable now perhaps not as long lived as the 2016 but perhaps easier to understand by a wider audience. A real triumph for the vintage. Bravo! 3847 bottles and 10 magnums were filled in September 2020.
The vines grow on one of the oldest vineyards in the municipality of La Aguilera at an altitude of approx. 880m. The vines sometimes reach an age of over 100 years and some of them are even pre-phylloxeric. Organic cultivation with partly biodynamic practices. The grapes are not destemmed, trod barefoot and ferment in concrete tanks for a long time on their own natural yeast. No batonnage is performed. No fining. No filtering. 35 months barrel aging in French oak at very low temperatures.
|Region||Castille and Leon|
|Sub-Region||Ribera del Duero|
96 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Taste||Albillo is all about mouthfeel and texture, it has a high content of glycerine, and does not have a very high acidity. The colour is normally deep and can easily turn to gold. It is creamy and dense and concentrated. Wider than long with a short acidity. Very velvety and rich in style.|
|Nose||Pale gold nose.|