2018 Viña Sastre Roble Ribera del Duero

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2018 Viña Sastre Roble Ribera del Duero

Viña Sastre’s Roble is an exceptional value and entry into his hand-crafted, world-class range of wines from his native Ribera del Duero. The wine is made from organically farmed tempranillo grapes from estate vineyards in La Horra, La Aguilera, and Roa from 800m to 840m in elevation. Grapes are hand-harvested into boxes with a selection in the field, followed by a very critical sorting in the winery; only the best grapes go into Viña Sastre. His wines are always spontaneously fermented with native yeasts from the vineyard and never fined or filtered. This process is all a part of Jesús’ vision for making wine the most natural way possible. The vision is natural, or ancestral: wine at the very highest level.

Vintage Notes – 2019 was a small but outstanding vintage for Jesús Sastre. The year was defined by drought, irregular flowering, and sporadic cases of hail and frost damage, all reducing yields. Overall quality and concentration are excellent with relatively higher alcohol, yet balanced by high acidity and phenologically ripe fruit. The resulting wines are fresh, balanced, downright delicious, and charming.

Vinification – Following a manual harvest, the wine is fermented with native yeasts and undergoes a long maceration on the skins. The wines are cold stabilized naturally by moving the wine from the barrel room to separate tanks in a part of the winery whose temperature is naturally regulated by the outdoor winter temperatures. It’s then racked into one, two, and three-year-old French and American oak barrels and aged eight months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.