2017 Valduero Finca AzayaTempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz from Spain
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Finca Azaya is an estate bottled wine made from grapes grown in low yield vineyards. It is the result of an environmentally friendly, hand crafted method of production, which a...
- 97 Decanter
"This wine from Old Castille took our judges off the beaten Tempranillo path, but everyone loved its alluring liveliness, its grace, its shapeliness and its charm. It's dark black in colour with ripe berry scents backed by bay-leaf and oak-copse complexities. The palate is mouth-filling yet softly textured, with more red berry fruits in a settled and balanced style. A mist of fine tannins adds textural interest, but it's the intrinsic quality of the fruit itself which its creators have wisely decided to put centre stage. This is a hugely amenable red capable of partnering a wide range of dishes with panache. Drink 2019-2025"
Finca Azaya is an estate bottled wine made from grapes grown in low yield vineyards. It is the result of an environmentally friendly, hand crafted method of production, which avoids the use of chemicals and irrigation. This rich, palatable wine has spent 14 months in American and European oak plus an additional 12 months aging in the bottle.
Intense red ruby color. It has a refined and lasting aroma as the result of its aging in toasted oak, showing notes of menthol, liquorice and roasted coffee. Perfectly balanced on the palate, this wine transmits a sensation of maturity and power.
For the last 25 years Bodegas Valduero has been growing grapes in the Valdefinas Valley – the most highly regarded section of the D.O. of Toro. Over the years, Yolanda, the winemaker, has noticed that one particular vineyard of the 50 hectares that are farmed there produced the finest grapes year after year. The wines from that vineyard have always shown greater structure and depth than the larger portion of the total vineyard area. It is for this reason that Yolanda has experimented with wines created from these vines for the last few years. The results have been so spectacular that Yolanda has decided to create Finca Azaya, an estate bottled wine coming from this very special terroir.
When famed winemaker Mariano Garcia decided to locate the famous Mauro winery in Tuedela de Duero instead of Ribera del Duero, much of the reason was due to his desire to make wines in a way that was not restricted by the more well-known D.O. In this way he was able to structure his wines in a style that was dictated by what the land gave him. In the same way Yolanda Viadero chose to separate the wine produced from a very special vineyard from the restrictions of the Toro D.O. In doing that, she recognized that too many of the wines of Toro have become so over-extracted that they don't represent what the D.O. is truly capable of producing. In this way, she has given us Finca Azaya.
So unique are these wines and so special is the vineyard that Yolanda has decided to follow the designation of Vino De Pago instead of the broader D.O. Toro designation.
|Region||Castille and Leon|
|Sub-Region||Ribera del Duero|
97 - Decanter
|Varietal(s)||Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz|
|Taste||berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb|
|Nose||berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb|