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Tinto Figuero 4 Months 2008

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
  • RP87
13.5% ABV
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13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

100% Tempranillo. Dark red color with blue reflections, confirming the wine's youth; an intense robe for a bright wine. The nose displays full red-fruit aromas, including cherries and strawberries, and is reminiscent of black licorice and ripe blackberries, integrated with elegant, clean oak notes. There is a strong, balanced mouth feel, showing good structure and a rounded wine, with hints of berries on the palate and a persistent, lingering finish. Pair with pork and beef, as well as rice and vegetables dishes and various semi-soft cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 87
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Purple-colored, it displays an expressive nose of red fruits, black licorice, and blackberry with a hint of cedar. Ripe, sweet, and moderately structured on the palate, this forward, amiable effort is meant for drinking now and over the next 3 years.
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Tinto Figuero

Tinto Figuero

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Tinto Figuero, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Jose Maria Garcia and Milagros Figuero are a vine-growing couple who have devoted their entire lives to looking after their "majuelos," or young vines. They are proud heirs to a culture that has been handed down through several generations. Each day is filled with care of more than 45 hectares of vines, over half of which were carefully and meticulously farmed by their ancestors, some of the vines still producing grapes today date back to the 1930s.

After many years of concentrating exclusively on the cultivating their vines with the aim of producing "top flight" grapes, the couple decided to embark on a project that they knew would take a great deal of tenacity and expertise - to make their own wines.

The wines of Garcia Figuero are all 100% Tempranillo - Spain's "signature" red grape, the backbone of the wines from the Ribera del Duero and the only grape variety planted on the Estate. Twenty five hectares of Garcia Figuero's vineyards feature Tempranillo vines older than 60 years.

In 2001, with the aid of their three children - Carlos, Henar and Antonio - the actual winery became a reality. La Horra, the place that had witnessed the farm's growth over the centuries at one of the most prestigious locations along the banks of the Duero River, was chosen. Over 1,000 barrels lie in the aging room.

Ribera del Duero

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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.

Tempranillo

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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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