Finca Villacreces, Ribera del Duero
De ejer en række topejendomme i Ribera, Rioja, Rueda og Toro. Finca Villacreces købte gruppen i 2004. Ejendommens marker ligger op til Vega Sicilias. Druerne fra ejendommen har tidliger været brugt af både Vega Sicilia og Peter Sisseck til Flor de Pingus.
I also tasted the 2017 Finca Villacreces from a very challenging year that they consider very good for their vineyards despite the loss of 50% of the crop. It's a blend of Tempranillo with 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot that matured in French oak barrels (50% of them new) for 14 months. I was pleasantly surprised by this wine, given the extremely challenging conditions of the year; and it didn't only show well on its own, it showed better than the 2016 that I tasted next to it! It's perhaps a lighter year, but the fruit is in the foreground; it's clean and there is no excess ripeness, and the oak felt quite integrated. It's nicely textured and sapid, almost salty. - Luis Gutiérrez
The very toasty eponymous 2014 Finca Villacreces follows the line of the 2012 I tasted last time. It's a blend of Tempranillo with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Merlot from their estate vineyards in the village of Quintanilla de Onésimo. The vines are organically-farmed and the wines matured in French oak barrels for 14 months, where 50% of the barrels were new and the other half were second-use. It's a powerful, ripe and generously-oaked Ribera del Duero, with clout and concentration, but with good balance. The tannins are fine-grained and there is good freshness. It should develop nicely in bottle. 41,000 bottles produced.
Finca Villacreces ligger dør om dør med den mest kendte vingård i Ribera del Duero, Vega Sicilia, og selv om vinene koster langt mindre, er kvaliteten ikke lang efter. Ligesom hos den berømte nabo blandes den lokale Tempranillo-drue med små mængder af Bordeaux-sorterne Cabernet Sauvignon og Merlot, hvorefter vinen lagrer 14 måneder på nye franske egetræsfade. Den smager fantastisk nu, men har potentiale af mange års lagring.
The 2012 Finca Villacreces is fresher and more balanced than the 2011, a little closed and serious at first. It took time to unfurl aromas of red and black cherries, subtle spices, and hints of elegance and complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and good acidity, making it quite enjoyable and accessible. 40,000 bottles - Luis Gutierrez