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TELMO RODRIGUEZ Ribera del Duero 'Matallana' 2012 (750mL)

TELMO RODRIGUEZ Ribera del Duero 'Matallana' 2012 (750mL)

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"The only wine I tasted from Ribera del Duero from Telmo Rodríguez was the 2012 Matallana, which is produced with a mixture of Tempranillo and other grapes from four different plots of head-pruned, old vineyards where the varieties are mixed in the field. The vineyards are: El Bosque, La Loma, Los Mochos and Hoyo Lucas; they are located in different villages, and on different soils (heavier clay, light gravel, rough calcium carbonate and feldspar conglomerate), totaling 4.5 hectares. The grapes fermented in 3,000-kilo oak vats with indigenous yeasts and the wine matured in French oak barrels of different ages for some 15-18 months. It took some time to open up, and as I tasted it next to the Pago la Jara from Toro of the same vintage, it finally turned more aromatic and fruit-driven, happier and more primary. With more time emerged notes of beef blood intermixed with hints of orange peel. There is no oak to be found here, it feels perfectly integrated in the wine. The palate felt harmonious, certainly fresher than the 2011, with better balance and good freshness. 2,280 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2014."
93 points  - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Succulent dark berry and dark plum edges with stony graphite and a dark, essence-like note from the low-yield concentration of small berries. The acidity is so fresh and succulent with a plum-pit tang. Drink or hold."
93 points  - James Suckling