Part of the Ribera del Duero vineyards for Telmo Rodriguez' wines are in the area of Parilla. These estate vineyards are a combination of old vines and new plantings, on north facing slopes, at an altitude of 3,000 feet. The red soils have strong mineral, chalk and quartz components, are farmed biodynamically, and are plowed only by two horses. Telmo considers this vineyard as having the best vineyard site in the region.
"The 2005 Matallana was sourced from a biodynamically farmed vineyard with crushing done by foot. It was aged for 20 months in 50% new French oak. Purple in color, it has a brooding nose of pain grille, graphite, espresso, incense and a potpourri of black fruits, Youthful on the palate, it has plenty of ripe tannin that will require 5-7 years of cellaring. However, the wine has all the right stuff, and it is only a matter of time before my score will appear conservative. Rating: 94+"
The Wine Advocate
"With Matallana, you must pay for your pleasure. But pleasurable it is. The nose is a splendid blend of licorice, baking spices, cassis and black plum. The approach is neither quiet nor loud, but well-spoken. It pumps forth huge black cherry and plum fruit, but offsets any raw size with tobacco, herb, coffee and other subtleties."
"Glass-staining purple. Sexy red and dark berry preserve aromas are complicated by suave incense and floral qualities, picking up smoky minerals with air. Pliant black raspberry and blackcurrant flavors stain the palate and are braced by juicy acidity, which adds lift and focus. Tannins are neatly woven into the fruit. Finishes clean and with excellent length, with the floral notes repeating."
International Wine Cellar