2016 Finca Sobreno Tempranillo Crianza

Year: 2016
Appellation: Toro, Castilla Leon
Country: Spain
James Suckling: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$15.95
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"Biscuit-like aromas with grilled nuts and chocolate oak-influence, across ripe dark berries. The palate has a very succulent, sweet-fruit core with plenty of ripe mulberries and plums. Supple tannins. Drink or hold." (JS)

Winery Notes:
ABOUT THE WINERY:
Finca Sobreño is one of the original winegrowers in the D.O. Toro. Founded by Roberto San Ildefonso in 1998, it was one of less than 10 registered wineries in the appellation, which today counts more than 50 producers. Roberto was originally from Rioja, but left the region when he realized the potential to craft bold, powerful and beautifully structured wines from the Tempranillo clone, Tinta de Toro. This variety produces smaller grapes and with thicker skins than Tempranillo. Among other features, this grape has a higher color concentration, as well as more anthocyanins (which give the wine its aromas) and tannins (which gives structure).

Finca Sobreño currently owns 80 hectares (197 acres) of vineyard, of which about half are vines over 45 years old and divided in many small parcels. In addition, the winery controls 155 hectares of independently owned old-vines plots. The vineyards are 100% Tinta de Toro, pruned "en vaso" (bush vines), as well as double cordon Royat in the newer plantings. Many of the vines are un-grafted. The winery owns 1,400 barriques (primarily American oak) and boasts a production capacity of 500,000 bottles/year. Soil types are alluvial with a thick clay subsoil, and a mix of sand and gravel. Yields are quite low, averaging about 4,000 kg/hectare. The principal wine-making consultant is Manuel Ruiz Hernández, one of Rioja's most respected enologists.