Alcubilla de Avellaneda belongs to the Legaris Village Wines collection, which expresses the wealth, distinction and diversity of small towns in the Ribera del Duero, with each wine sharing its name with a village. They are all made from the same grape variety, Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), but grown in different areas with unique surroundings, soils and microclimates, which create completely different wines. Alcubilla de Avellaneda displays a very unusual profile: elegant, fresh and floral, it comes from a vineyard of more than 20 years of age located at 926 metres altitude. It has received many plaudits since its launch: a Masters Medal in The Drinks Business Spring Tasting 2020, the highest award given by this prestigious British publication; it was chosen the Best Spanish Wine in 2016 by The International Wine Challenge; and the Master of Wine Tim Atkin awarded it 96 points in 2020. This is, without doubt, a jewel of the wine world.
Intense cherry red with a garnet rim and faint bluish hues.
Very elegant to the nose, Emerging notes of lively, flavoursome red fruit contribute freshness: candied cherries, pomegranate and stone fruit. As it opens up, discreet floral notes make their appearance.
The tannins prove very amiable and well-integrated with the fruit. The long, intense mouthfeel is delicate and extremely elegant. It is round and very persistent.
Legaris is one of the D.O. Ribera del Duero's flagship wineries. An innovative winery, it offers boutique, artisan wines made in a modern way. Legaris lies in a privileged location, enjoying the D.O. Ribera del Duero's unique and exclusive climate. The origin of its wines, the great wealth and variety of its soils, high quality raw materials and very careful winemaking combine to ensure that the wines from Legaris express and extol the unique character of the area.
Alcoholic fermentation took place in a small, 2,000-litre open tank similar to a fermentation pool.
Alcoholic fermentation took place in a small, 2,000-litre open tank similar to a fermentation pool. It was allowed to take place spontaneously with wild yeasts, with the sole purpose of preserving the uniqueness of this plot. Our intervention was minimal (except for frequent manual punch downs) and the expression of the grape is at its maximum. We did not control fermentation temperature. Ageing took place for 16 months in 225-litre & 500 litre French barrels. The wine then remained in an egg-shaped concrete tank for two months, where it acquired finesse before being bottled in September 2018. A total of 2,106 bottles were produced.
This wine is made exclusively with Tinta Fina grapes.
This wine is made exclusively with Tinta Fina grapes. The grapes come from twenty-year-old vines in a vineyard in Alcubilla de Avellaneda, a town in the province of Soria situated at an altitude 926 metres. We have selected a hillside plot that crowns the top. The small vineyard is planted in clay soil with great capacity for holding water and a high iron concentration that gives it a red colour.
2016 Vintage characteristics
After a winter during which the vines rested with mild weather and lower rainfall levels than usual, the spring arrived with a vengeance, exhibiting those extreme conditions so typical of Ribera del Duero, with abundant precipitation and low temperatures that delayed bud break. The growing season began somewhat late, gradually recouping through the end of spring and early summer to become even more pronounced during the ripening stage. It was a hot summer, with high temperatures for most of July, the whole of August and a good part of September. Coupled with very little rain, particularly in late summer, the high temperatures induced stomatal closure in the leaves, a reaction that prevents excessive dehydration. This meant a marked delay in ripening, particularly in the case of young plants and those located in more arid locations. Old vines with deep roots ripened at the usual time, while in other vineyards, we had to wait longer for full ripening, chiefly as a consequence of abundant production, with clusters showing berries of average size but in a greater number. However, unbeatable weather in September and October, coupled with the impeccable condition of the grapes, allowed us to wait for just the right level of ripeness and pick the grapes at the perfect time.