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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
Bodegas Barco de Piedra Tempranillo 2008
Bodegas Barco de Piedra Tempranillo 2008
(search item no. 102533)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This garnet-red colored expression of Tinto del Pais (aka Tempranillo) is aged for 5 months in French (85%) and American (15%) oak. Aromas of spice-box, white pepper, plum, and black cherry carry through to the palate where they are enhanced by earthy and herbaceous undertones with a medium to long finish. This rich and well-balanced wine can be enjoyed now or in the next couple of years with hearty meats or stews or strong cheeses.
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About Bodegas Barco de Piedra:

Barco de Piedra is a joyous affirmation of the beauty and purity of the Tempranillo grape as it is grown in the Ribera del Duero DO. The noble Tempranillo, called Tinto Fino or Tinta del Pais by locals, has suffered from producers who like to use excessive “make up,” too much new oak or winemaking technique, which obscures the identity of the grape. The logic behind Barco de Piedra is simple: the Tempranillo grape grown in Ribera del Duero has plenty of tannins, you don’t need to add more, which is precisely what oak ageing will do. The grape’s thick skin naturally produces powerful, robust wines packed with flavor. Adding more power and oak to something already powerful is overkill. The climate conditions of cool nights, low rainfall and great old vines taken together produce small berries with a high skin-to-juice ratio. The three parcels that produce grapes for Barco de Piedra are located on the hillside of the Quiñón Estate, a location with a special equilibrium of temperature, drainage and soil type. Raspberry and violet aromas with rose petal, blueberry and mineral notes make this wine one of the prettiest examples of the elegance and structure of Ribera del Duero, one of the great wine regions of the world.