Barco de Piedra 2013
Barco de Piedra is an affirmation of the beauty and purity of the Tempranillo grape as it is grown in Ribera del Duero. The noble Tempranillo grape called Tinto Fino or Tinta del País by locals, has suffered from producers who like to use excessive "make up," too much new oak or winemaking technique, which obscures the identity of the grape. The logic behind Barco de Piedra is simple: the Tempranillo grape grown in Ribera del Duero has plenty of tannins, you don't need to add more, which is precisely what thoughtless oak ageing will do. The grape's thick skin naturally produces powerful, robust wines packed with flavor. Adding more power and oak to something already powerful is overkill. The three parcels that produce Barco de Piedra are located on the hillside of the Quiñón Estate. Raspberry and violet aromas with rose petal, blueberry and mineral notes make this wine. Barco de Piedra is one of the prettiest examples of the elegance and structure of Ribera del Duero, one of the great wine regions of the world.
Part of the tasting along with the Denier-Handal and the Marietta Cellars Petite Sirah..Liked this but preferred the Marietta Cellars. A great robust and to me everything a Tempranillo is.
Just had this Tempranillo at a very fun gourmet secret (not so much anymore) restaurant in Minnesota. Very smooth, tasty, dark and rich. And it held up well in the glass. Twice
External Reviews for Barco de Piedra
A sensational value from Ribera del Duero (which rarely produces interesting wines for under $25), the 2011 Barco de Piedra is 100% Tempranillo aged five months in a combination of French and American oak (85% and 15% respectively), all three-year-old used barrels. It exhibits notes of flowers, licorice, new saddle leather, black currants and cherries. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, complex and on a fast maturity curve, it should be consumed over the next 2–3 years.
Bright ruby. Sexy aromas of fresh dark berries and floral oils, with a licorice nuance adding depth. Sappy and precise, offering lively black raspberry and cherry flavors that show a refreshingly bitter edge. Finishes sweet and long, with smooth tannins adding shape.
Dieser Wein zeigt Noten nach Cassis und schwarzen Kirschen. Der Gaumen ist gut strukturiert und die Tannine sind feinkörnig. Der Alkohol ist gut balanciert und der Abgang ist aromatisch.
Fresh, aromatic, and elegant, Barco de Piedra is 100% Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero. Vibrant ruby in color with overt raspberry, violet and black cherry notes on the nose. Medium in body (not tannic or astringent) and perfectly balanced. The finish picks up cedar, herb and a touch of earthiness, and lasts for a few minutes after the last sip. Here is yet another example of Spain's red wines that are miles ahead of any competitor for both quality and price.
The 2008 Barco de Piedra is 100% Tempranillo aged for 5 months in French and American oak. A glass-staining opaque purple, it offers up an enticing bouquet cedar, spice box, violets, cassis, and black cherry. This is followed by a rich, flavorful, firm wine that will evolve for 1-2 years. This lengthy bargain will drink well through 2015. It is what over-delivering is all about.
Fresh, aromatic, and elegant, Barco de Piedra is 100% Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero. Vibrant ruby in color with overt raspberry, violet and black cherry notes on the nose. Medium in body (not tannic or astringent) and perfectly balanced. The finish picks up cedar, herb and a touch of earthiness, and lasts for a few minutes after the last sip. Here is yet another example of Spainandrsquo;s red wines that are miles ahead of any competitor for both quality and price.
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