2014 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero Crianza

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Hacienda Monasterio is the creation of Peter Sisseck, the man responsible for Pingus, one of the greatest wines of Spain. Back in 1990, he and his uncle Peter Vinding-Diers, a successful Bordeaux proprietor, found a 60 hectare parcel of old vines on the limestone slopes of Ribera del Duero. Realizing that the vines were in poor shape and needed to be replanted, Sisseck decided to sell the property to Spanish investors, and stay on as winemaker and general manager. In 1995 Sisseck launched Pingus, but today he remains as Hacienda Monasterio’s consulting winemaker.

Today those vines – Tempranillo cuttings that originally came from Vega Sicilia – are 27 years old, and in their prime. This crianza wine is made up of 90% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from really low yields – 30 hectoliters per hectare, and raised in only 30% new wood.

Take it from your wine country concierge: this wine is a KNOCKOUT! So soft, savory, fresh, and dadgum slurpable! It calls for something like lamb rib chops marinated in garlic, ras el hanout, and balsamic vinegar. You absolutely can’t go wrong picking up a case!

Hacienda Monasterio is the creation of Peter Sisseck, the man responsible for Pingus, one of the greatest wines of Spain. Back in 1990, he and his uncle Peter Vinding-Diers, a successful Bordeaux proprietor, found a 60 hectare parcel of old vines on the limestone slopes of Ribera del Duero. Realizing that the vines were in poor shape and needed to be replanted, Sisseck decided to sell the property to Spanish investors, and stay on as winemaker and general manager. In 1995 Sisseck launched Pingus, but today he remains as Hacienda Monasterio's consulting winemaker Today those vines - Tempranillo cuttings that originally came from Vega Sicilia - are over 25 years old, and in their prime. This crianza wine is made up of 80% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), 10% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from really low yields - 30 hectoliters per hectare, and raised in only 30% new wood.

Varietal:
Red Blend
Vintage:
2014
Aging:
18 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 30% new
Appellation:
Ribera del Duero
Total Varietal Composition %:
80% Tinto Fino, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
Alcohol %:
15.0%
SKU #:
1037069
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Wine Advocate

I got to taste the 2014 Crianza, which was fascinating to compare with the 2013. It's 80% Tempranillo and 10% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and they have been reducing the amount of new oak to around 30% in this wine. The vineyard was planted in 1990, so the vines are ripe and getting its own personality; they saw that change happening at 18 years old. 2014 was a very good overall year in the zone, and the tannic structure is quite powerful, so it was very important to do a soft vinification to avoid extracting too much and get a balanced wine. It is very harmonious and the oak does not play an important role in the aromatics. The tannins always have that limestone texture that also adds a sapid character making it very tasty. This is a great year for the Crianza, and as I mentioned, it was fascinating to taste it next to the 2013, as both faithfully reflected the character of each vintage. It was bottled in June 2016.