GRAPE: 100 % Garnacha
APPELLATION: Cebreros DO ( Gredos)
VINIFICATION: Old vines of Garnacha. The grapes made the alcoholic fermentation on little tanks of 1000 kg each with 30% of whole cluster. Spontaneous fermentation during 30 days. Light pressing and wine passed directly to old 225L barrels where malolactic fermentation happened at the end of spring. On November 2019 the wine has racking out of barrels and bottled without filter.
TASTING NOTES: Cherry red color, deep and bright. Wild aromas with meat and spicy noted. Great palate where citrus noted dominate. Blanaced wine that presage a great develop on bottle.
FOOD PAIRING: Grilled or smoked fish, cheese, chicken skewers, roasted meats.
- 94 Points by Robert Parker (Wine Advocate); vntg 2019.
- 93 Points by Robert Parker (Wine Advocate); vntg 2018.
Cebreros (Gredos) is both the name of a village and the appellation of origin in the southeast of the province of Ávila in the region Castilla y León from Spain, with 35 villages in total. Cebreros was the main wine village in the zone and hence the name chosen to name the appellation. This is a region with mountains and some high-altitude vineyards. There are perhaps between 1,800 and 2,000 hectares of vineyards. Gredos is quite unique: The isolation and lack of quality wines has made the size of the region smaller, as many old vineyards have been lost because there was no new blood to take over from the old timers.
Soto y Manrique was one of the pioneer in Gredos and also the first to point out the singularity of the slate soils in Cebreros. The wines are intensely Mediterranean, powerful but fragrant, with elegant minerality, especially in the slate soils.