Made exclusively from Tempranillo vines, locally called Tinta del Pais , aged between 15 and 20 years old. The vines are planted in sandy loam with calcareous clay and limestone at an altitude of 850 meters. Fruit from three different vineyards are blended to produce this wine.
Grapes were hand harvested in early October, sorted by hand and immediately de-stemmed, lightly crushed and moved by gravity to fill fermentation tanks to 80% capacity. The grapes were held at low temperatures for 4 days to start to extract color and fruit aromas. After 4 days, fermentation commenced through the action of native yeasts. Fermentation temperatures were kept relatively low looking to emphasize fruit aromas in the finished wine. Maceration lasted between 10 and 12 days with both pump-over and pigeage used to control extract. After pressing the wine is racked to clean stainless steel tanks for native malolactic fermentation.
View from the Cellar
The 2015 Rios de Tinta from Isaac Fernandez is produced from relatively young Tempranillo vines, ranging from fifteen to twenty years of age and raised entirely in stainless steel, seeing no oak whatsoever prior to bottling. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and the 2015 comes in at an even fourteen percent alcohol. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a youthful mix of black cherries, a touch of sweet cranberry, lovely spice tones, a bit of pepper and a very good base of soil. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, bright and delicious, with lovely sappiness at the core, modest tannins, bright acids and quite impressive length and grip on the backend. This is already tasty, but I would love to have a dozen bottles in the cellar to start drinking in a year or two, as once the tannins more fully fade away, this is going to be gorgeous. By the way, this is a great bargain, as it is fourteen dollars a bottle here in the US market! 2017-2030+. Jan/Feb 2017
(all stainless steel) Brilliant violet. Bright and focused on the nose, displaying an array of dark fruit and floral aromas and suggestions of licorice and cola. Sappy and concentrated yet energetic, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Closes juicy and long, with lingering florality and gentle tannins that add shape and grip. 2019 - 2024 New Releases from Spain Part 1
The Washington Post
Tinta del Pais is another name for tempranillo...This wine has dark fruit flavors and a whiff of smoke, suggesting barbecue or grilled burgers and veggies.
"These warm-weather wines won’t compete with the grill" Washington Post, May 20, 2017