2011 Ribera del Duero Finca Viñas de Arcilla The wines of Goyo García are more delicate, fruity and refreshing than most Ribera del Duero, thanks to his very old vines in the Roa area, in the province of Burgos, and his tendency to pick early. He limits intervention in his winemaking, using ambient yeasts, no new wood and no SO₂. Of Garcia Viadero's single-vineyard wines, I often prefer Valdeolmos, the tensest and tightest of the three. However, the 2011 Viñas de Arcilla (formerly Viña de Anguix) is a standout. From a vineyard planted on clays soils, it's radiant with flavors of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, herbs and spices, shaped by gentle, round tannins. The acidity runs through it like a spine, marking the contours of the palate with its intensity, and accenting the wine's freshness. A crystal-clear wine, it's a new view of tempranillo in Ribera del Duero. —Patricio Tapia
This wine was featured in our June 2017 monthly newsletter.
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