Prios Maximus Roble, DO Ribera del Duero, Bodegas de los Rios Prieto, Pesquera de Duero (Valladolid), 2011
Roble = oak
Varietal tempranillo, fermented in stainless steel, Roble indicates less than 6 months oak (US) ageing; over 6 months are required to be classified crianza, for this DO; natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, £12 Weavers Wines.
Little information given at the producer’s site – but the wine has the fruity profile and soft tannins of one that has undergone semi-carbonic maceration in a closed stainless steel tank, naturally producing CO2 in the space. Here is an example explanation (and another for young and wines for ageing) from another producer in the locale, essentially:
- Whole bunches to cool semi-carbonic maceration in stainless steel at 10C for 6 days
- Fermentation at 24-26C for 10-12 days, with pumping over
- Maceration on the skins for 12 days
- Clarified and racked twice
- Oak ageing
- Bottling, rested for 2 months before release.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity purple, showing distinct tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, youthful but developing, with opening aromas of ripe red cherry, blackberry, with a nutty hint, spice and vanilla, and a hint of dark chocolate.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium acidity, smooth well-integrated medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body, with a medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black fruit – blackcurrant, black cherry and berry. The length is long with a clean finish.
Quality – a good quality wine, with a balance between acidity and alcohol. The wine is young, looking at its purple hue, but is starting to develop. Moderately complex, with good concentration and intensity of flavour, tannins are smooth and well-integrated, the finish is long and clean