The 2017 vintage was the earliest we have had at Bodegas La Horra. There were two main reasons: low production and the weather conditions of the cycle.
The meteorological phenomenon that marked the vintage was the brutal advent frost of the night of April 27th – 28th. The entry of a mass cold air will end a period of more than 7 hours below 0ºC, with peaks of -3ºC in some areas.
Production was severely affected because budding had been early due to the high temperatures at the beginning of April. In terms of rainfall, the year was very dry and quite warm. These circumstances, together with the small amount of harvest, meant that the harvest was brought forward. It is worth noting the thermal amplitude of the maturation period, with a great difference between the temperatures of the night and the day.
The situation of little harvest, dry weather and thermal amplitude gave concentrated grapes with a good load of polyphenols and excellent health status.
100% Tinta del País (Tempranillo)
Plots in La Horra and Roa (Burgos)
Age of the vineyards:
Bush vines with an average of 60 years of age.
Spontaneous alcoholic fermentation in French oak vats (18 days before devatting), followed by malolactic fermentation in barrels.
Aging in oak barrels, 80% French and 20% American oak
Completely natural methods
Using only egg whites
6 bottle cardboard boxes
75 cl. - 150cl. - 3l.
Deep, intense layer, with cherry red background and red edge.
It is intense with a profile of ripe black fruits, among which blackberry and plum stand out. You can see a bunch of dried aromatic herbs that release their aromas. There are mineral notes of India ink damp earth that mix with the aniseed smell of some mushrooms. The aroma of tobacco and cocoa form a whole with notes of cherries in liquor.
Wine with a sensation of volume and fullness. The black fruits come out, at the same time with a liquorish sensation from a warm vintage and the usual freshness of the CORIMBO I. The tannin is present, but it is very fine, giving an elegant Ribera del Duero as a whole. In the palate, there is a perception of a certain fresh sweetness, very pleasant. The whole is very tasty, reminiscent of a concentrated and perfectly clarified consommé. The bottle years have been great, and it is a great image of the 2017 vintage in the Ribera del Duero of Burgos, between the late frost of April 28th and the warm, dry and early year.
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