Rios de Tinta

"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" —
Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media
Ribera del Duero D.O.
100% Tinto Fino from 20-30 year-old vines
850 meters / sandy loam over calcareous clay
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic (not certified)
Hand harvested into small boxed in early October, clusters are hand sorted again at the winery prior to processing
Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed, 4 day cold soak, fermented with native yeasts for 10-12 days with skins
Aged for several months in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling
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Rios de Tinta 2018
90 (VM) 89 (VfC) ** (WP)
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90 Vinous Media Vivid ruby. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, violet and cola pick up a spicy overtone with air. Nicely concentrated yet lively in style, offering juicy red and dark berry flavors that show appealing sweetness. Smooth and seamless in character, finishing with repeating spiciness, supple tannins and a lingering note of red berry preserves. 2021 – 2027
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
89 View from the Cellar The 2018 Rios de Tinta is a very pretty young Ribera del Duero, offering up a bright bouquet of cherries, raspberries, cigar smoke, a nice touch of soil, spice tones and just a touch of cedary new oak. On the palate the wine is medium-full, ripe and focused, with pretty good depth at the core, just a whisper of backend tannin and nice shape and bounce on the fairly long finish. This comes in listed at fourteen percent octane, but seems perhaps just a shade higher. This is made for early drinking and is a very tasty example. 2020-2030.
Issue # 85 - January/February 2020
** The Washington Post Score: ** Stars (Excellent)
Here’s a gulpable red wine, suitable for washing down steaks, burgers, pizza or salami. I suggest pouring a glass and setting glass and bottle aside for a half-hour to let the flavors unfurl while you sip a rosé and make dinner. According to the label, “Rios de Tinta” translates as rivers of ink, and this wine is, indeed, inky dark. The grape is tinta del pais, a local name for tempranillo. The wine offers meaty aromas and flavors, with a hint of dark berries and tobacco leaf.
April 2020
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Rios de Tinta 2019
90 (WRO)
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90 Wine Review Online Despite being relatively affordable, this wine seems to over-deliver in every vintage, displaying the purity and generosity that Ribera del Duero helps lend to Tempranillo more readily than any other Spanish appellation. The sometimes piney, resinous oak influence that might have scared first-time tasters off from Spanish reds is nowhere in evidence here, as this is all about dark cherry and berry fruit with soft, layered palate feel and a finish that never turns either tart or hard no matter how long you concentrate on the aftertaste as the wine tails off. For those who just love to sip on a glass of well-made red at the end of the day, this will do the trick, but it will also get along nicely with almost anything appropriate for medium-plus-bodied red at the table.
Michael Franz - Issue: December 1, 2020
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Rios de Tinta 2021
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