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Bodegas Diaz Bayo Crianza 2014

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    Winemaker Notes

    Tempranillo from La Viñota, a 60-year-old clay parcel at 950 meters elevation and El Rubial, a 40-year-old clay and limestone parcel at 920 meters. Aged for six months in used French oak, bright red fruit is backed by ample palate richness, finishing mineral and long. Aged 12 months in French oak and 12 months in the bottle, balsamic and mineral/spice notes accent fresh and focused fruit concentration.

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    Bodegas Diaz Bayo, Spain
    The tradition of viticulture in Fuentelcésped, as it is known today, dates back to 1177, coinciding with the Christian reconquest of the region known as the Ribera del Duero. Vines were planted in the Nava stream valley, an ideal locale, thanks to its sunny banks, abundant loose permeable soil and river stones.

    In the 16th century 160,000 liters of wine were already being produced, as the population had now tripled. The population had grown in excess of 1,000 inhabitants by the end of the 18th century, with more than 52% of the land dedicated to vines, in turn producing one million liters of wine annually.

    The 20th century brought with it technical and entrepreneurial transformations, but by 1910 phylloxera had also arrived, virtually devastating all the vineyards and therefore causing a great exodus. The genesis of a viticultural revolution was also now afoot, both in the vineyards, as well in the vinification process.

    For more than ten generations, the Díaz Bayo family have dedicated themselves to the cultivation of vines and wine production in the Ribera del Duero. Until about 40 years ago, winemaking was undertaken in 'lagares', a traditional stone press, where the grapes were deposited for pressing. The resulting must would then be deposited in wood barrels located in the subterranean cellar, where constant temperatures allow the wine to develop its distinct, regional character.

    Despite the high concentration of parcels in Fuentelcésped, the vine-stocks that produce the best vines and the best grapes are selected for new vineyard plantings.

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    Ribera del Duero is located in northen Spain’s Castilla y León region, just a 2-hour drive from Madrid. While winemaking in this area goes back more than 2000 years, it was in the 1980s that 9 wineries applied for and were granted Denominación de Origen (D.O.) status. Today, more than 300 wineries call Ribera del Duero home, including some of Spain’s most iconic names.

    Notable Facts Ribera’s main grape variety, Tempranillo, locally know as Tinto Fino, is perfectly suited to the extreme climate of the region, where it must survive scorching summers and frigid winters. Low yields resulting from conscientious tending to old vines planted in Ribera’s diverse soils types, give Ribera wines a distinctive depth and complexity not found in other Tempranillos. Rich and full-bodied, the spice, dark fruit and smoky flavors in a bold Ribera del Duero will pair well with roasted and grilled meats, Mexican food and tomato-based sauces.

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    Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins and a bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions and important throughout most of Spain. Depending on location, it takes on a few synonyms; in Penedès, it is known as Ull de Llebre and in Valdepeñas, goes by Cencibel. Furthermore in Portugal, known as Tinta Roriz, it is a key component both in Port and the dry red wines of the Douro. The New World regions of California, Washington and Oregon have all had success with Tempranillo, producing a ripe, amicable and fruit-dominant style of red.

    In the Glass

    Tempranillo produces medium-weight reds with strawberry and black fruit characteristics and depending on yield, growing conditions and winemaking, can produce hints of spice, toast, leather, tobacco, herb or vanilla.

    Perfect Pairings

    Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and good acidity make it extremely food friendly. Pair these with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew or paella.

    Sommelier Secret

    The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a naming system is in place to indicate how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release. Rioja labeled Joven (a fresh and fruity style) spends a year or less in oak, whereas Gran Reserva (complex and age-worthy) must be matured for a minimum of two years in oak and three years in bottle before release. Requirements on Crianza and Reserva fall somewhere in between.

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