Barco de Piedra 2018
Barco de Piedra 2018
Vinos Atlántico (previously CVA) was founded in 2002 with the purpose of uniting the winemaking heritage of Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata’s families. Both of their families have been producing wine, independently, throughout Spain since the late 1800s. It currently produces wines in 18 different appellations within the Iberian Peninsula. Its fundamental mission is to discover new production areas, unique soils and to recover native varieties, always in search of great vineyard-sites that can produce consistently superior wines compared to neighboring vineyards.
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, can 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.
Heady smoke and spice accented dark berry and cherry aromas, with hints of game and violet emerging with air. Broad and fleshy on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering gently sweet blackberry and cherry flavors and repeating smokiness. Shows very good heft and power on the clinging finish, which features smooth tannins and a hint of peppery spices.
Pork and veal have an essentially sweet “bass note” that is complimented nicely by Tempranillo's sweet nature, so these meats pair extremely well with Barco de Piedra. Unlike most Riojas, which tend toward softer strawberry and red fruits, Ribera del Dueros are some of the most robust reds from Spain, usually showing a black fruit, mineral and “meaty” character that many people feel is a better match with steak than any Cabernet. For simple fare, aged hard cheese like manchego, jamon Iberico, Spanish almonds, Sevilla olives and crusty bread are exceptional accompaniments for this wine. For food from our side of the world, try it with kubbeh – in all its variations – oven grilled, fried or raw!
2016 James Suckling 92 points
2014 VM Points
2012 Robert Parker 90 points
2011 Robert Parker 91 points
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
Country: Ribera Del Duero - Spain
Spain, Ribera Del Duero