2007 Vinas de la Vega del Duero Quinta Sardonia

Year: 2007
Appellation: Castilla Leon
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"The 2007 Quinta Sardonia is made up of 51% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), 29% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec aged for 18 months in French oak. Purple-colored, it delivers an already complex perfume of Asian spices, violets, incense, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry. upple-textured, sweetly-fruited, impeccably balanced, and structured enough to evolve for another 3-4 years, it will offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2027. It is already being proclaimed as Spain’s next cult wine.

Vinas de la Vega del Duero, co-owned by Pater Sisseck of Dominio Pingus, is located in Sardon del Duero just west of the Ribera del Duero DO." (WA)

"($50; 51% tinto fino and 29% cabernet sauvignon, augmented by merlot, syrah, petit verdot, cabernet franc and malbec) Deep ruby. Redcurrant, tobacco and dried rose aromas; really showing the cabernet right now. Spicy and precise, with sweet red berry and cherry flavors and a deeper note of blackberry that comes up with air. Very floral on the finish, which shows very good clarity and intensity. Note that the price for this wine has rolled back from $60 for earlier vintages. According to owner Peter Sisseck, the soil here is mostly limestone, and the vineyards (which were only planted in 1999 and 2000) are sited at between 750 and 830 meters. This wine has been improving steadily as the vines mature. (Eric Solomon Selections, Charlotte, NC)" (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Located on the outskirts of Ribero del Duero, just past Vega Sicilia in the steep hamlet of Sardon del Duero, Quinta Sardonia is a biodynamic project from Pingus' Peter Sisseck and Jerome Bougnaud producing a wine with a unique blend of international varieties alongside the native tinto fino (tempranillo). Peter made Pingus famous by using only the native tinto fino and only old vines from within the classic and historic boundaries of Ribera del Duero. Peter wanted to make a world-class red wine that paid homage to the Bordeaux varieties he loves, but inside a vineyard he would create and plant literally from the ground up. This jewel-box of a vineyard is like his Bonsai garden; it is so meticulously tended, the results speak for themselves.

Quinta Sardonia is at an altitude of between 2100 and 2400 feet and located about 1200 feet from the Duero River. There are 20 hectares of which 17 are vineyards and the rest are mountain and pine forest.