Grapes: 100% Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo)
Produced from 100% Tinta del Pais vines between 60 to 80 years old planted in a single vineyard with a great variety of soils from clay at the bottom of the slope to gravelly sand at the top. Production methods are similar as for the Rios de Tinta with hand harvested fruit sorted prior to de-stemming and light crushing. Cooled pre-fermentation maceration helped to attain a deep color and intense fruit aromas. The wine was fermented with native yeasts and saw additional time with skins versus the Rios de Tinta. There were no other additions except sulfites at bottling. The wine was aged for 8 months in 225 liter barrels prior to assembling the final blend.
View from the Cellar
The Finca La Mata bottling from Isaac Fernandez is produced from sixty to eighty year old vines. As readers may recall from the note on the 2013, it is fermented with indigenous yeasts and is raised for twelve months in a combination of eighty percent French and twenty percent American oak casks, with one third of the barrels renewed each year. The 2014 Finca la Mata is fourteen percent octane and delivers a fine, young bouquet of dark berries, black cherries, gentle balsamic tones, cigar smoke, a fine base of soil and a stylish framing of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and impressively light on its feet, with lovely focus and grip, ripe, well-integrated tannins and excellent length and bounce on the nascently complex and very poised finish. The 2013 version last year struggled to carry its serving of new oak and had not yet integrated its wood tannins completely at the time I tasted it, but this is most emphatically not an issue with the lovely 2014 Finca La Mata. This is a very tasty Ribera del Duero that is light on its feet and really performs well at the table. It should age very gracefully for at least the next fifteen years, but is already very tasty. 2016-2030+. Issue Sixty-One January-February 2016
Bright violet color. Heady smoke- and spice-accented dark berry and cherry aromas, with an intense floral quality building in the glass. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering juicy, deep raspberry and cherry-cola flavors. In a polished style, with supple tannins shaping a long floral finish. This wine was aged in a combination of new French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels. 2017-2022 Central Spain: Tempranillo and Beyond