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Winery: Casa Abril Selections
Vintage: 2014
Winemaker: April Cullom & César Muñoz
Type of Wine: Red
Bottles Produced: 1500 Per Year
Region: DO Ribera del Duero
Composition: Tempranillo (aka, Tinto Fino or Tinta del País) Per Year
MSRP: $36
ExWorks (at Bodega):
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Sustainable
Awards
James Suckling 90 points, Gold Medal Virtus International Wine Challenge 2019; mentioned in the award-winning book "Red Wine" by Kevin Zraly, Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
Wine Ratings
  • N/A Robert Parker
  • N/A Wine Spectator
  • 91 Wine Enthusiast
  • 93 Wine and Spirits
  • N/A International Wine Cellar
  • N/A Decanter
  • N/A Guia Penin
Shelf Taker
N/A
Wine Description

Alma de Vino, the Soul of Wine, Place & People

Varietal: Tempranillo 100% (organically farmed)

Aging: 24 months French oak (25% new)

Place: Located in the northeast corner of Ribera del Duero, 120 miles north or Madrid, small parcels of century-year old vines at 3.000 feet are tucked away in Soria and Burgos provinces; the climate is extreme with harsh winters and scorching summers but thanks to the altitude temperatures during the summer drop at night, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly resulting in soft tannins, good acidity and bright fruit. 

People: César Muñoz “rescued” these century-old abandoned vines and April Cullom collaborates with him to achieve the expression of the “soul” of these Tempranillo vines in Ribera del Duero. 

Viticulture: hand-harvested, sustainable farming; 100+-year old bush-vines, small parcels in Baños de Valdearados (Burgos) at 900 meters, produces intense fruit with good structure while the parcels in Bocigas de Perales (Soria) at 998 meters, result in grapes with floral notes and hints of minerality thanks to the 1.5 meters of gravel in the soil supported by clay below which helps to maintain moisture in the summer.

Winemaking: wine is produced at Bodega Montebaco in Valbuena de Duero.  April Cullom and César Muñoz crafted a blend of the two parcels of Tempranillo; maceration takes place in 8,000 liter oak vats with manual pump-overs; malo-lactic fermentation follows in French and American oak barrels, and later spends 24 months aging in French oak barrels (25% new) with a presence of lees to conserve the personality of the wine; no stabilization or fining resulting in a possibility of presence of sediment.

Artwork was curated by April Cullom and created by her uncle Sergio Gonzalez Tornero, whose family originated in Nájera (Logroño, Spain).  His “alma” met the “alma” of aunt Adrienne Cullom in Paris and the rest is history.  This painting reflects the wine’s bold yet elegant expression of old vine Tempranillo grapes from Ribera del Duero.

Tasting Notes

Blackberry, a hint of raisin, mild char and lemon-peel aromas make for a fine bouquet.  This is lively, punchy and chewy, with big tannins. Blackberry, chocolate, loamy earth, toast and peppery flavors finish long, baked, ripe and with the potential for an even better future.

Notes for Consumers
Optimal Serving Temperature: 15°C
Drink By: 2024
Pairing(s): stewed meat, grilled meat, Iberian Ham, Duck, SMOKED DISHES, Roasted Lamb
Vineyards
Vineyard Size: 10 hectares
Soil Composition: Gravel, sand, alluvial, limestone, clay
Training Method: Goblet "bush vines"
Elevation:

Blackberry, a hint of raisin, mild char and lemon-peel aromas make for a fine bouquet.  This is lively, punchy and chewy, with big tannins. Blackberry, chocolate, loamy earth, toast and peppery flavors finish long, baked, ripe and with the potential for an even better future.

Feet
Exposure: North
Harvest Date: 10/07/2019
Winemaking & Aging
Fermentation: Alcoholic fermenation takes place in 25,000 liter stainless steel tanks
Maceration Technique:: Maceration takes place in 8,000 liter oak vats with manual pump-overs
Length of Maceration: 15 days
Malolactic Fermentation: Malolactic fermentation in French and American oak barrels
Ageing (sur Lie): N/A
Ageing in Months: 24 Months
Analytical Data
Alcohol: 14.5%
pH Level: 3.65
Residual Sugar: 2.3 g/l
Acidity : 5.02 g/l
Dry Extract: N/A